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The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History 

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List Rules Only NBA players who played primarily point guard for most of their career

Who are the greatest point guards in NBA history? Certain names stand out, including several players who are definitely among the best NBA players of all time. The best point guards to ever play the game were leaders: they kept their teams in the hunt for championships and kept their opponents at bay.

Vote for the good basketball players that you think deserve the title of best point guards ever, vote down any you don't like and certainly, re-rank this list anyway you want. Anytime you're dealing with a "best ever" list of professional basketball players, you're going to have some disagreement. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion.

Some believe that Magic Johnson is the best point guard to ever grace the hard courts; others might go with John Stockton or even Oscar Robertson. There's absolutely no denying that several players on this list are among the best current point guards in the NBA, and the best 2012 overall NBA players, too. While a player's stats are certainly important, when it comes to the point guard position, it's about way more than that: It's also about a players overall intelligence and being a true leader on the floor. Who did it best? You decide. Who are the best point guards of all time?

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Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States of America

Teams: Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors

Age: 55

William Mark Price (born February 15, 1964) is an American former basketball player and coach. He was most recently the head coach of the UNC Charlotte 49ers. As a player, he played for 12 ...more

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#112 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #44 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #64 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

Teams: Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

Age: 75

Vernon Earl Monroe (born November 21, 1944) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in ...more

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#480 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #621 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #29 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Sacramento, California, United States of America

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 53

Kevin Johnson may refer to:

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#108 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #38 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #131 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Point guard from Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Teams: Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

Age: 54

Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is a retired American basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association, the 5 ft 3 in ...more

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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Teams: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, + more

Age: 33

Number: 9

Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rondo played two years of ...more

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 41

Number: 24

Kobe Bean Bryant (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the ...more

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24 Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant From Across The World #6 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #480 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Point guard from Belle, West Virginia

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic

Age: 44

Jason Williams may refer to: SportspeopleJason Williams (American football) (born 1986), American football player Jason Williams (baseball) (born 1974), American baseball player Jason Williams ...more

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Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Teams: Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

Age: 40

Baron Walter Louis Davis (born April 13, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player who is a studio analyst for The NBA on TNT. He is a two-time NBA All-Star. He was drafted with ...more

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#181 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #52 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #7 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

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Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Point guard and Shooting guard from Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Age: 32

Number: 11

Michael Alex Conley Jr. (born October 11, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a member of the Memphis ...more

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#208 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #66 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #43 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

Age: 63

Maurice Edward Cheeks (born September 8, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player and is currently an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball ...more

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#113 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #6 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time #13 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s

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Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Point guard and Shooting guard from Florida, United States of America

Teams: Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

Age: 37

Gilbert Jay Arenas Jr. (; born January 6, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Arenas attended Grant High School in the Valley Glen district of Los Angeles, and accepted a ...more

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#138 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #55 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #42 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

Age: Dec. at 53 (1954-2007)

Dennis Wayne Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed "DJ", was an American professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Seattle ...more

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#94 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #71 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #10 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Tacoma, Washington

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, + more

Age: 30

Number: 22

Isaiah Jamar Thomas (born February 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 5-foot-9-inch (1.75 m) ...more

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#140 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #70 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #13 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Point guard and Shooting guard from Coney Island, New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks

Age: 42

Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977) is an American former basketball player. He was selected out of Georgia Tech by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 4th overall pick in the 1996 NBA ...more

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#183 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #78 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #112 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

Age: 30

Number: 13

James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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The Best Harden Vol. 3 Colorways, Ranked #41 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #18 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

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Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Point guard from Baltimore, Maryland

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, + more

Age: 50

Samuel James Cassell Sr. (born November 18, 1969) is a former professional basketball player and current assistant coach of the Los Angeles Clippers. Drafted 24th overall in the 1993 NBA draft ...more

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#139 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #53 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #146 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Point guard from Chicago, Illinois

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

Age: 58

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball ...more

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#177 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #13 of 30 The Best NBA Coaches Right Now #27 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Dallas, Texas

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves

Age: 56

Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball point guard. Webb, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), is known for ...more

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#100 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #36 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #12 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards

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Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, + more

Age: 54

Mark Arrol Jackson (born April 1, 1965) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and coach. A point guard from St. John's University, he played for the New York Knicks, ...more

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#230 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #72 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #107 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Point guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

Age: 33

Number: 3

Kyle Terrell Lowry (born March 25, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). With the Raptors, he has been a ...more

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Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Beirut, Lebanon

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

Age: 54

Stephen Douglas Kerr (born September 27, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball ...more

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Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from New York City, New York

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

Age: 82

Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937) is an American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been inducted three times into the ...more

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#518 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #59 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #1,227 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Nick Van Exel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Kenosha, Wisconsin

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

Age: 48

Nickey Maxwell Van Exel (born November 27, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National ...more

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#229 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #76 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #66 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

Age: 41

Michael Bibby (born May 13, 1978) is an American basketball coach and former player. He played professionally for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He last served as the ...more

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#215 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #64 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #16 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time

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Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Point guard and Shooting guard from USA, Takoma Park, Maryland

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

Age: 42

Steven D'Shawn Francis (born February 21, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. He was selected with the second overall pick of the 1999 NBA draft, and was named the NBA ...more

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#163 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #65 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #107 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History