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
5,733 1,268
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

2
4,018 2,522
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz

3
3,528 2,048
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

4
3,639 2,130
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons

5
3,450 2,589
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
4,785 2,741
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Golden State Warriors

7
2,824 2,050
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

8
3,507 2,257
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

9
3,857 1,534
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

10
2,583 1,690
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

11
2,472 1,034
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

12
3,018 1,605
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oklahoma City Thunder

13
1,642 1,065
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

14
1,549 989
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

15
1,589 719
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
1,834 1,348
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

17
2,056 1,038
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

18
1,214 811
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
1,260 725
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

20
961 818
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
1,123 739
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

22
1,448 1,312
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
1,195 648
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Washington Wizards

24
866 721
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

25
1,062 542
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Portland Trail Blazers

26
1,086 1,040
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

27
670 527
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

28
684 525
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

29
695 347
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
564 506
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

31
545 603
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

32
548 365
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
826 669
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

34
460 450
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

35
529 446
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

36
322 139
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

37
419 469
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
457 491
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets

39
444 390
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

40
372 233
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Bobcats

41
375 317
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
360 445
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
406 384
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
376 305
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Memphis Grizzlies

45
411 185
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

46
445 500
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
319 386
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

48
370 335
Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

49
346 307
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
325 271
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