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?
list ordered by

1
5,594 1,228
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

2
3,464 1,973
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

3
3,929 2,443
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz

4
3,577 2,053
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons

5
3,370 2,502
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
4,582 2,680
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Golden State Warriors

7
2,548 1,637
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

8
2,766 1,998
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

9
3,420 2,191
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

10
3,763 1,499
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

11
2,422 999
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

12
1,611 1,020
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

13
2,957 1,543
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oklahoma City Thunder

14
1,522 962
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

15
1,558 690
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bogart33 added Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

16
1,791 1,309
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

17
1,982 1,002
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

18
1,232 700
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

19
1,191 789
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

20
942 795
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

21
1,100 722
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

22
1,401 1,279
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

23
855 697
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

24
1,160 627
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Washington Wizards

25
1,022 528
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Portland Trail Blazers

26
1,054 1,009
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

27
654 511
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

28
671 509
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

29
660 332
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
554 489
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

31
540 344
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

32
814 637
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

33
524 585
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

34
453 436
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

35
517 431
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

36
309 126
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

37
412 461
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

38
449 483
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets

39
436 379
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

40
361 221
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Bobcats

41
371 307
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic

42
355 429
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder

43
401 376
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

44
369 295
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Memphis Grizzlies

45
316 379
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

46
365 328
Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

47
439 493
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks

48
391 177
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

49
322 264
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

50
340 304
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks