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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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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the ...more
2
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Golden State Warriors
Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association ...more
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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz
John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent his entire NBA career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz, and the team ...more
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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns
Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star ...more
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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks
Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. ...more
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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons
Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard, ...more
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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets
Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more
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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets
Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball ...more
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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics
Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. (born July 23, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player. He started at the point guard position. He is best known for his 13-year tenure with the ...more
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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers
Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more
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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers
Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player. During his active career West played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National ...more
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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA ...more
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Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics
Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, and briefly with the ...more
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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks
Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the ...more
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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
Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more
16
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets
William Anthony Parker Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French-American former professional basketball player. The son of a professional basketball player, Parker played for two years for Paris ...more
17
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics
Kyrie Andrew Irving (; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year ...more
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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat
Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers and a former professional player. Hardaway played in the National ...more
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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat
Timothy Duane Hardaway Sr. (born September 1, 1966) is an American retired basketball player. At 6 ft (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his crossover dribble which was dubbed the "UTEP ...more
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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
Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald (born September 2, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Cincinnati ...more
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Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves
Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976) is retired American professional basketball player. He played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A star at the University of ...more
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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland, ...more
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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers
Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college ...more
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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Washington Wizards
Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North ...more
25
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings
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