The Game Changer Sports Network took a poll to determine our top five point guards of all-time. How do we rank up with your top five?
1. Magic Johnson
Coming in at number one on GCSN’s list is Magic Johnson. The historic point guard who was drafted out of Michigan State in 1979 went to the Los Angeles Lakers. In thirteen seasons, Johnson won five championships, three MVP’s, and three Finals MVP awards. Johnson was one of the most dedicated and gifted players to ever touch a basketball. The Lakers guard averaged 19.6 points and 6.9 assists per game. His legacy has lived into the present day. After basketball, Johnson went onto being an NBA analyst and later a President for the Lakers for one season. He will forever be known as one of the most fundamentally sound and humble point guards.
2. Stephen Curry
This may come to a surprise for many fans having Curry at number 2 of all-time, however he is almost a guaranteed lock in the Hall of Fame. The Golden State Warriors have been blessed since 2009 where they drafted the young star from Davidson. Curry is not only an amazing basketball player, but he changed the game of basketball. Today’s generation of fans are witnessing a game that tends to have more three point shots than two point shots. Curry was one of the engineers of this new wave of basketball. Some may say he is impossible to guard since he is able to shoot from deep three point range or play isolation basketball. Through his career, Curry consistently averaged over 20 points per game and 11.2 assists. Nevertheless, Curry has achieved greatness in Golden State the past decade with splash brother Klay Thompson. It will not be long before Curry breaks Ray Allen’s made three-point record.
3. Oscar Robertson
Better known as “The Big O”, Robertson comes in at number three on our list. In 1960, Robertson was drafted to the Cincinnati Royals where he played for the first 10 years of his career. The 12-time all-star was one of the first taller point guards the NBA had seen, measuring at 6’5. Robertson was later traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1970. The versatile and elusive guard averaged 25.7 points per game and 9.5 assists during his 14 year career. Robertson’s was one of the most complete players in NBA history and will forever be remembered as another founding father for years to come.
4. John Stockton
A top five point guard on almost everyone’s list is Stockton. Some analysts categorize him as the most pure and athletic all around guard to ever step on the court. Stockton was drafted in 1984 by the Utah Jazz where he became known as “Stock”. The legend played in 1,504 games with a total of 19,711 points and 15,806 assists. Although Stockton amazed the basketball universe, many have doubted his rank among other greats because he had not won a ring. However, Stockton was able to lead the Jazz to five Western-Conference Finals games in 18 seasons. Stockton will most likely be remembered for his ability to share the ball with his teammates such as Karl Malone.
5. Steve Nash
With the final spot on the top five list is Steve Nash. The eight time All-Star spent 18 seasons dominating the league. Nash was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in 1996. Similar to John Stockton, Nash never won a Championship ring. However, his accolades reached peaks that are going to be difficult for future players to surpass. In 1217 games, Nash averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists. The statistics do not do justice as Nash was a two time MVP. Nash became one of the few players in NBA history to win back-to-back MVP awards. Nash will forever be classified as one of the best players and leaders in his era.
Honorable Mentions: Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, Isiah Thomas, Jerry West, and Chris Paul
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