Basketball 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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5,278 1,162
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

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3,293 1,829
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

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3,748 2,265
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
John Stockton Utah Jazz

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3,387 1,901
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

5
3,169 2,335
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

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4,239 2,522
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

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3,218 2,070
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chris Paul New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

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3,561 1,405
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

9
2,620 1,916
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

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2,413 1,580
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Gary Payton Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

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2,284 951
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

12
2,830 1,428
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

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1,534 954
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

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1,460 900
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Walt Frazier Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

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1,472 638
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bogart33 added Pete Maravich Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

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1,725 1,237
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

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1,846 931
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

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1,166 658
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Penny Hardaway Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

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1,132 750
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Tim Hardaway Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

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894 760
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Nate Archibald Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

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1,065 683
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chauncey Billups Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

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1,330 1,216
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

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819 657
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kevin Johnson Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

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1,106 582
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added John Wall Washington Wizards

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956 498
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers

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622 493
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Earl Monroe Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

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996 972
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

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637 484
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Mark Price Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

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597 311
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

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526 472
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dennis Johnson Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

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510 323
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Muggsy Bogues Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

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786 596
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Isaiah Thomas Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

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498 553
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Kyle Lowry Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

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435 417
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Maurice Cheeks Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

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490 413
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baron Davis Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

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273 109
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Jason Williams Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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401 446
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Lenny Wilkens Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

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436 465
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Mark Jackson Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets

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418 365
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Stephon Marbury Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

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341 406
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Nate Robinson New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder

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355 292
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Gilbert Arenas Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic

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333 211
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kemba Walker Charlotte Bobcats

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387 361
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Sam Cassell Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

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354 282
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Mike Conley, Jr. Memphis Grizzlies

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308 365
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dave Bing Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

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421 473
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Deron Williams Utah Jazz, New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks

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350 317
Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Mike Bibby Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

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310 252
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Steve Francis Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

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354 157
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

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322 297
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Doc Rivers Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks