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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

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
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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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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons
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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns
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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks
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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
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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
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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
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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers
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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oklahoma City Thunder
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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
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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
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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets
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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
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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
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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings
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