The Top Point Guards of 2012 Basketball Players

The Top Point Guards of 2012

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The best point guards in professional basketball in 2012. This list - culled from the opinions of Ranker sports fans - contains all current NBA point guards could be considered among the "best in the league." The point guard position is among the most vital on a basketball team, and is widely considered to be the most specialized role. The point guard essentially conducts the team's offense, controlling the ball and feeding it to the players who are best positioned to score at the time. The position is sometimes compared to a quarterback on a football team.

A variety of skills are necessary for a player to excel in the point guard position. Ball handling skills are obviously a huge asset, as is time management, the innate understanding of the game's tempo and how to regulate it to greatest advantage. Speed is also essential - a point guard who can get the ball down court the fastest is going to have more time to get organized and find an open teammate in scoring position.

On defense, point guards defend the perimeter, and is largely tasked with making the task of moving the ball more difficult for the opposing team's point guard.

List Criteria: Players who primarily played the point guard position in the 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 NBA seasons.

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  1. 1
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    ranked high on reranks
    Derrick Rose

    1988 More
    100
  2. 2
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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Chris Paul

    1985 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 228
    Down 135

    ranked high on reranks
    Rajon Rondo

    1986 More
    97
  4. 4
    Up 177
    Down 102

    most listed
    Steve Nash

    1974 More
    93
  5. 5
    Up 152
    Down 94

    often listed
    Russell Westbrook

    1988 More
    91
  6. 6
    Up 140
    Down 90

    often listed
    Tony Parker

    1982 More
    90
  7. 7
    Up 157
    Down 62
    1992 More
    85
  8. 8
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    Down 104

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Deron Williams

    1984 More
    84
  9. 9
    Up 90
    Down 76
    1990 More
    75
  10. 10
    Up 61
    Down 37
    1988 More
    74
  11. 11
    Up 105
    Down 84
    1990 More
    73
  12. 12
    Up 63
    Down 82
    1987 More
    67
  13. 13
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    Down 66
    1989 More
    67
  14. 14
    Up 54
    Down 39
    1973 More
    59
  15. 15
    Up 23
    Down 34
    1984 More
    57
  16. 16
    Up 43
    Down 60

    controversial
    Chauncey Billups

    1976 More
    57
  17. 17
    Up 35
    Down 19

    niche appeal
    Jrue Holiday

    1990 More
    57
  18. 18
    Up 47
    Down 51

    controversial &niche appeal
    Jeremy Lin

    1988 More
    55
  19. 19
    Up 39
    Down 59

    controversial
    Mike Conley, Jr.

    1987 More
    55
  20. 20
    Up 36
    Down 48
    1976 More
    55
  21. 21
    Up 51
    Down 50

    niche appeal
    James Harden

    1989 More
    52
  22. 22
    Up 22
    Down 9
    1990 More
    52
  23. 23
    Up 31
    Down 43
    1986 More
    52
  24. 24
    Up 11
    Down 28
    1984 More
    48
  25. 25
    Up 21
    Down 58

    controversial
    Devin Harris

    1983 More
    48
  26. 26
    Up 29
    Down 35

    niche appeal
    Mario Chalmers

    1986 More
    46
  27. 27
    Up 19
    Down 43
    1987 More
    46
  28. 28
    Up 20
    Down 27

    niche appeal
    Jeff Teague

    1988 More
    45
  29. 29
    Up 47
    Down 29
    1978 More
    45
  30. 30
    Up 26
    Down 58
    1974 More
    44
  31. 31
    Up 6
    Down 13
    1991 More
    42
    added by: GiovanneYaun
  32. 32
    Up 9
    Down 20

    niche appeal
    José Calderón

    1981 More
    40
  33. 33
    Up 18
    Down 12

    ranked low on reranks
    Kemba Walker

    1990 More
    40
  34. 34
    Up 9
    Down 21

    niche appeal
    Louis Williams

    1986 More
    39
  35. 35
    Up 16
    Down 20
    1986 More
    39
  36. 36
    Up 10
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Jameer Nelson

    1982 More
    39
  37. 37
    Up 10
    Down 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Jarrett Jack

    1983 More
    39
  38. 38
    Up 3
    Down 1
    1978 More
    37
    added by: mrmuffin
  39. 39
    Up 21
    Down 40

    ranked low on reranks
    Ramon Sessions

    1986 More
    36
  40. 40
    Up 1
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    1991 More
    36
    added by: lazar.simovic032
  41. 41
    Up 16
    Down 13
    1985 More
    31
    added by: GiovanneYaun
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