Basketball 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?

list ordered by

1
6,005 1,345
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

2
4,186 2,681
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz

3
3,709 2,160
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

4
3,802 2,277
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons

5
3,593 2,750
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
5,160 2,859
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Golden State Warriors

7
2,957 2,154
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

8
2,707 1,769
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

9
3,657 2,389
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

10
4,071 1,608
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

11
2,597 1,098
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

12
3,175 1,712
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oklahoma City Thunder

13
1,712 1,119
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

14
1,613 1,043
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

15
1,665 765
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

16
1,908 1,425
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

17
2,195 1,099
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

18
1,256 853
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

19
1,319 761
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

20
988 857
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

21
1,162 770
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

22
1,537 1,356
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

23
1,131 567
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Portland Trail Blazers

24
1,242 694
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Washington Wizards

25
890 752
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

26
1,141 1,082
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

27
699 547
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

28
709 548
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

29
745 384
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
580 533
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

31
577 636
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

32
585 392
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

33
852 714
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

34
362 157
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

35
478 473
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

36
546 470
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

37
433 485
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

38
411 251
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Bobcats

39
470 510
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets

40
459 407
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

41
390 338
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic

42
378 468
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder

43
420 400
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

44
399 325
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Memphis Grizzlies

45
453 211
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

46
453 518
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz, New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks

47
326 400
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

48
377 349
Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

49
355 322
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

50
335 283
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks