|Top 10 Point Guards|
|Written by Mark Grey|
by MARK GREY
10. Andre Miller - One of the last pass-first point guards left in the game. Last season the Sixers asked him to score a little more and he responded with over 17 points a game on 49 percent shooting, both career highs. With Elton Brand in the paint this year, look for his assists to go back up.
9. Mike Bibby - Bibby never seemed to fully get over his thumb injury last year, but we expect him to bounce back this year. He is a good shooter from behind the arc but has the tendency to fall in love with long jumpers. He is very strong and can get to the hole and finish when he does attack. His assist totals could be higher, but his clutch shooting is enough to keep him in the top 10 for now.
8. Jose Calderon - Calderon is your textbook point guard. Nobody does a better job of protecting the ball then he does. Last season he led the NBA in assist to turnover ratio at over 5 to 1. He was also one of the league leaders in 3 point percentage and was one of only five guards to shoot over 50 percent from the floor. With Jermaine O'Neal joining Chris Bosh up front this season look for his numbers to improve.
7. Jason Kidd - May not be what he once was, but is still one of the best point guards in the game. Kidd is still a threat to pick up a triple double every time he takes the court, as he led the NBA last year with 13 and no other guard even had 4. He is still among the best passers in the game and can be quite the pest on defense. If Dallas can find a way to make sure his minutes per game don't get too high, look for more productive play this year from Kidd.
6. Tony Parker - He might be the hardest player to keep out of the paint in the NBA. After years of being dared to take the open shot, last season Parker showed he can now knock it down consistently. The Spurs offense is at its best when he is getting into the lane and getting everyone else involved. If he could improve his 3 point shooting, he would be much higher on this list.
5. Chauncey Billups - Billups has proven to be one of the best in the NBA year in and year out. He is still quick off the dribble and loves to use his strength to bully smaller guards in the paint. He is an excellent three point shooter and shoots over 90 percent from the line. You add all of that with his knack for hitting big shots and there is no question he is one of the top 5 point guards in the league.
4. Baron Davis - One of the best scorers in the entire NBA. Davis is a very streaky shooter but when his shot is on, its deadly. He is unbelievably strong and can get to the basket anytime he likes. Once he gets there, he is looking to make a poster out of somebody. He is a much better passer than he gets credit for and has very quick hands on defense.
3. Steve Nash - Even at the age of 34 Nash is still getting the job done. He still remains the best offensive point guard in the game. He makes everyone around him better, always seems to find the open man, and is one of the most feared shooters in the league. Nash can beat his man off the dribble, pull up, and is almost perfect from the line.
2. Deron Williams - Williams is like a younger, more under control, Baron Davis. He is a big strong point guard who can dribble, pass and shoot. Although Chris Paul gets most of the attention, Williams numbers are almost identical and he is a better shooter. Look for Williams and Boozer to be a force in the West for years to come.
1. Chris Paul - When on the court last year it seemed like Paul could do no wrong. Aside from leading the NBA in both steals and assists, he still found a way to score more than 21 points a game. He finds his way to the basket with ease, and knows how to finish. Paul has become unstoppable on those pick and rolls with Tyson Chandler because if he doesn't keep it himself, he is going to beat you with a picture perfect lob pass. After his MVP caliber season last year look for Paul to improve on it.