With the 2019-20 NBA Season starting back up in a few weeks, I decided to give my rankings of the league’s point guards in terms of how good they are. For this list, I will be excluding players such as LeBron James and Luka Doncic, who aren’t known to be point guards despite primarily playing the position this year. Without further ado, here’s my list.
1. Stephen Curry
2019-20 Stats: 20.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.0 spg on 40/25/100 splits
The 2015 and 2016 NBA MVP only played in 5 games this season, but he is undoubtedly still the best point guard in the league. Curry is widely-accepted as the greatest shooter in NBA history, but his skills go far beyond that. His quickness, ball handling, playmaking and basketball IQ all lead to his dominance on the court. Hopefully we get to see him back in action next season, healthy and ready.
2. Damian Lillard
2019-20 Stats: 28.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.8 apg, 1.0 spg on 46/39/80 splits
The 5-time all-star is arguably having his best season yet, which is impressive considering he’s been one of the league’s best players for several years. The Trailblazers have struggled this season, but are hoping to compete for a playoff spot during the resumption of the NBA Season. Dame is having his most efficient season yet while averaging career-highs in points and assists per game.
3. Kyrie Irving
2019-20 Stats: 27.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.4 spg on 48/39/92 stats
Much like Curry, Kyrie Irving’s season has been shortened this year due to injuries, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing well in his limited playing time. Without Durant, Irving is averaging a career-high in points per game and has already hit several clutch shots for the Nets. He is not expected to make a return during the NBA’s “bubble” season, so it’s safe to say that the next time we see Irving on the court, is with his friend and teammate Kevin Durant.
4. Russell Westbrook
2019-20 Stats: 27.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.7 spg on 47/25/78 splits
Despite being the second option to superstar teammate James Harden, Westbrook is still averaging an impressive 27.5 points per game. What’s more impressive however, is his production after the new year. After his slow start while trying to adjust in Houston, Westbrook averaged nearly 32 points per game on 53% from the field. Perhaps it may be because of the improved spacing following the Capela-trade, or perhaps it could be that Russ has found his groove with his new team.
5. Ben Simmons
2019-20 Stats: 16.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 8.2 apg, 2.1 spg on 59/33/63 splits
Simmons’ stats may not look that impressive, but trust me, the Sixers guard has been very good this season. Disregarding the first month of the season, Simmons has been averaging 19/8/8 on 61% from the field, all while being one of the best defenders in the league. He’s mainly known for his elite slashing and playmaking, along with his lack of a jumper, but his defense has gone under-the-radar this season. He’s only 23 years old, so he still has a long time to work on other facets of his game to eventually become one of the league’s best.
Not every great point guard could make it on this list, so let’s show some love to a few guards that had great seasons as well!
Chris Paul has had a resurgence in OKC, leading the Thunder to the 5th seed in the Western Conference despite many doubters at the start of the season. He’s averaging 18 points and 7 assists per game.
Kemba Walker took the backseat this season, allowing Celtics star Jayson Tatum to become the first option on the team. In spite of the injuries, Walker still made the all-star team, averaging 21 points and 5 assists per game.
Fresh off a championship win, Kyle Lowry has been having another great season this year, averaging 20 points and 8 assists per game. Alongside Pascal Siakam, the Raptors are staying competitive in the East despite the loss of superstar and 2019 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
Lastly, the Hawks’ Trae Young has been remarkable this season in his sophomore campaign, averaging an absurd statline nearly 30 points and 9 assists per game. While his defense still needs improvement, his offensive talent alone is off-the-charts, and his synergy with John Collins has been exceptional this season.
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