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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
4,914 1,090
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

2
3,530 2,058
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
John Stockton Utah Jazz

3
3,084 1,654
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

4
3,184 1,710
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

5
2,958 2,130
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
3,840 2,329
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Stephen Curry

7
2,431 1,794
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
2,272 1,494
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Gary Payton Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

9
2,967 1,936
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chris Paul New Orleans Pelicans

10
3,322 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
2,133 890
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

12
2,666 1,288
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

13
1,449 892
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

14
1,383 849
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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15
1,380 588
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
1,648 1,154
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

17
1,664 865
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Kyrie Irving

18
1,066 707
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Tim Hardaway Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

19
1,081 618
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Penny Hardaway Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

20
846 717
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
1,005 645
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

The Top Current NBA Players

22
1,231 1,143
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

23
779 622
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kevin Johnson Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

24
1,025 529
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added John Wall

25
874 459
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Damian Lillard

26
925 925
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics

27
579 468
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
594 461
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

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29
493 445
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
531 274
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

31
756 529
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

32
470 514
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Kyle Lowry Memphis Grizzlies

33
471 294
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
405 397
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

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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
450 401
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
390 344
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
317 383
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
335 262
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Mike Conley, Jr.

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43
243 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
288 350
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
303 281
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
296 193
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

50
310 128
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers