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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
5,037 1,129
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

2
3,154 1,723
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

3
3,604 2,144
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
John Stockton Utah Jazz

4
3,257 1,783
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

5
3,032 2,204
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
3,993 2,392
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Stephen Curry

7
3,063 1,977
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chris Paul New Orleans Pelicans

8
2,504 1,844
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

9
2,326 1,523
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
3,405 1,341
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

11
2,189 912
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

12
2,727 1,330
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

13
1,482 909
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

14
1,413 865
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
1,412 607
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
1,675 1,174
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

17
1,718 882
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Kyrie Irving

18
1,093 723
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
1,107 633
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
868 728
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
1,025 658
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
798 630
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kevin Johnson Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

23
1,259 1,173
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

24
1,053 546
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added John Wall

25
902 472
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Damian Lillard

26
599 472
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Earl Monroe Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

27
950 946
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics

28
611 467
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
508 451
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
551 290
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

31
767 551
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

32
481 526
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Kyle Lowry Memphis Grizzlies

33
485 304
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
419 402
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
428 449
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
391 432
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
464 407
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
400 352
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
328 391
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Nate Robinson New York Knicks

40
251 97
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Jason Williams Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

41
339 281
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Gilbert Arenas Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

42
374 352
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Sam Cassell Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

43
342 271
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Mike Conley, Jr.

44
300 354
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
410 461
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Deron Williams Utah Jazz

46
300 240
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
310 198
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

48
337 306
Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Mike Bibby Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

49
330 139
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

50
313 287
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