So far, the NBA has had a great season, and this article examines my take on who (so far) was the best point guard in the 2016-2017 NBA season.
kyle lowry – toronto raptors
Reading: Top 10 point guards 2016
Lowry is obviously a top 10 point guard, however, an injury prevents him from making the roster and the veteran will miss the rest of the regular season with a wrist injury.
Goran Dragic – Miami Heat
Dragic has been great for the Heat since they’ve had a massive surge toward the playoffs. Since Jan. 17, Miami has gone 16-2. dragic has averaged 22.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.7 cents during that span.
eric bledsoe – phoenix suns
During what has been a bleak season for the Suns, Eric Bledsoe has been a bright spot. bledsoe has been able to stay injury free and posted averages of 21.3 points, 5 rebounds and 6.3 assists so far.
10. kemba walker – charlotte hornets
Kemba is not only averaging a career-high 22.7 points, but he’s also shooting the ball like never before. In the previous five seasons, Kemba shot the ball at a remarkably low 39 percent. This season, he has improved it to 45 percent and 40 percent from three. a massive jump. With limited options in Charlotte, Kemba will have to keep improving if the Hornets have any chance of making the playoffs.
9. damian lillard – portland trail blazers
people will say that damian lillard is too low on the list. that’s your opinion and you’re entitled to that. Lillard is scoring at a tremendous rate averaging close to 26 points per game along with 5.8 assists. however, Lillard has become too much of a defensive liability to be in the “top five” conversation for point guards. Lillard owns one of the worst defensive ratings of 114 in the league. if he can improve defensively, he can shoot himself on this list.
8. mike conley – memphis grizzlies
The $153 million man is having a productive season once again partnering Marc Gasol to lead the Grizzlies to a strong 35-25 record and sixth place in the West. memphis is using conley more than ever with a usage rate of 25.9, the highest of his career. This has led to Conley scoring the ball like never before, averaging a career-high 19.4 points thus far. However, Conley still stands out as one of the best two-way shooting guards in the league, as he excels defensively. Conley averages a defensive net rating of 107, the same as defender Patrick Beverly.
7. kyrie irving – cleveland cavaliers
kyrie is one of the best scorers, one of the best finishers and the best ball handler in the league. Irving is posting career highs across the board with high points, free throw percentage and two-point field goal percentage. With so much firepower on the Cavaliers team, Kyrie doesn’t need to score thirty a night, but he could do it. if the team needed it too.
6. chris paul – los angeles clipper
Unfortunately, Paul missed fourteen games between January and February due to thumb surgery. in the 38 games he has played so far, paul is still outstanding. averaging close to a double-double with 17.4 points, 9.8 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. Paul outshines his opponents defensively and is arguably the best two-way point guard in the league with an offensive rating of 126 and a defensive rating of 105 per 100 possessions.
5. stephen curry – warriors of the golden state
yes, I have steph curry at five. no, this is not a joke. The fact is that Kevin Duran’s move to the Golden State really hurt his output. Curry’s rebounding, assists, steals, field goals and 3-point percentage are all down from last year’s MVP season. Not to mention his points have dropped from 30 to 25 per game. Curry is still one of the best players in the league, don’t get me wrong. However, this year he has not been the best.
4. john wall – washington wizards
wow, this guy has been good. After a slow start to the season, John Wall has really stepped up. Wall has led the Wizards to third in the East and is putting up massive numbers of 23 points, 10.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals. At this rate, the wall and the mages may be the only thing standing in the way of the eastern knights.
3. isaiah thomas- boston celtics
isaiah has now established himself as the top scorer in the league. The little guy is averaging close to 30 points a game and has led the Celtics to second place in the East. Thomas has scored 20 or more points in 43 straight games and now shows the consistency of him as well as averaging an insane 10.5 points in the fourth quarter. clutch. the only question now is, mvp?
2. james harden – houston rockets
What a year this guy is having. Along with Wall, Harden is the only other player averaging double-digit assists at 11.3. to accompany, ‘the beard’ is accumulating crazy numbers of 29 points and 8 rebounds per game. These numbers are due in large part to the freedom with which Harden has been able to play with coach Mike D’Antoni. Harden will get very close to the mvp if he continues to put up these kinds of numbers.
1. russell westbrook – oklahoma city thunder
from one place to another I was choosing between harden or westbrook. couldn’t get past my boy russ. Durant’s departure, in a way, might have been a blessing in disguise. Russell now leads the league in scoring as he posts a triple-double. that’s unheard of. however, the stat that separates westbrook from harden is this.
while russ is on the court because of the thunder they are +3.2, without him? -10.5. rockets with hardening on the court + 7.6, without it? +4.6. NBA fans should watch and enjoy the fire that Westbrook plays with because he is amazing and he won’t be around forever.