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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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1
4,904 1,084
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

2
3,076 1,645
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

3
3,517 2,049
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
John Stockton Utah Jazz

4
3,174 1,700
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

5
2,946 2,119
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
3,822 2,320
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Stephen Curry

7
2,422 1,787
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

8
2,958 1,926
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chris Paul New Orleans Pelicans

9
2,264 1,488
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Gary Payton Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

10
3,311 1,308
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

11
2,125 887
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

12
2,658 1,285
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

13
1,444 891
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

14
1,379 847
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Walt Frazier Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

15
1,377 584
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

16
1,645 1,150
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

17
1,656 861
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Kyrie Irving

18
1,075 613
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

19
1,061 704
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

20
842 713
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

21
1,002 642
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

Who Will Win the 2015 NBA Championship?

22
1,227 1,138
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

23
777 620
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kevin Johnson Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

24
1,023 527
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added John Wall

25
872 457
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Damian Lillard

26
923 922
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics

27
578 468
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Earl Monroe Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

28
591 461
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

The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History

29
493 444
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dennis Johnson Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

30
529 274
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

31
755 526
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

32
469 514
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Kyle Lowry Memphis Grizzlies

33
469 294
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Muggsy Bogues Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

34
404 397
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

35
415 443
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Mark Jackson Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

36
381 428
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Lenny Wilkens Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

37
449 401
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baron Davis Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

38
389 344
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Stephon Marbury Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

39
316 383
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Nate Robinson New York Knicks

40
331 274
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Gilbert Arenas Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

41
366 343
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Sam Cassell Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

42
334 262
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Mike Conley, Jr.

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

43
241 86
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Jason Williams Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

44
287 350
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dave Bing Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

45
400 454
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Deron Williams Utah Jazz

46
291 235
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Steve Francis Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

47
327 300
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

48
303 280
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Doc Rivers Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

49
310 127
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

50
295 193
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History