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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
4,731 1,032
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

2
2,980 1,536
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

3
3,393 1,946
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
John Stockton Utah Jazz

4
3,065 1,592
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

5
2,832 2,002
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
3,603 2,227
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Stephen Curry

7
2,333 1,712
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
2,843 1,844
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chris Paul New Orleans Pelicans

9
2,190 1,442
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
3,204 1,275
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

11
2,028 866
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

12
2,595 1,218
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

13
1,393 862
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

14
1,338 815
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
1,321 561
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
1,607 1,107
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

17
1,021 674
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Tim Hardaway Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

18
1,031 586
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
1,572 838
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Kyrie Irving

20
821 689
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
970 620
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
993 504
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added John Wall

23
759 605
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kevin Johnson Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

24
1,189 1,111
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

25
837 441
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Damian Lillard

26
565 455
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
893 903
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics

28
576 449
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
478 433
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
495 260
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

31
735 505
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

32
455 500
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Kyle Lowry Memphis Grizzlies

33
451 283
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
395 387
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
407 430
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
438 390
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baron Davis Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

37
366 421
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Lenny Wilkens Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

38
380 333
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
224 78
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Jason Williams Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

40
323 261
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
288 184
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

42
353 336
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 Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

43
323 255
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Mike Conley, Jr.

44
308 374
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Nate Robinson New York Knicks

45
284 124
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

46
286 225
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
390 441
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Deron Williams Utah Jazz

48
318 290
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
277 345
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dave Bing Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

50
298 280
Nick Van Exel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Nick Van Exel Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers