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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
Point guard and Power forward from Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 60

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
tenshos008 added Point guard from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

Age: 44

Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association ...more

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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Charlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 81

Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. ...more

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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 81

Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player. During his active career West played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National ...more

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John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Spokane, Washington

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 57

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) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 58

Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard, ...more

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bogart33 added Shooting guard from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 34

Number: 3

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Oakland, California, United States of America

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 51

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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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Long Beach, California

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 31

Number: 0

Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA ...more

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Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Point guard from Oakland, California

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 29

Number: 0

Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Lillard is a 6 ft 3 in point guard from Oakland, ...more

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Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from California, United States of America

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks

Age: 46

Number: 5

Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball ...more

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#39 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #127 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #6 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Point guard from Melbourne, Australia

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

Age: 27

Number: 2

Kyrie Andrew Irving (; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year ...more

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Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Johannesburg, South Africa

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

Age: 45

Number: 10

Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star ...more

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Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

Age: 74

Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association. As their floor general, he led the New York Knicks to the ...more

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#239 of 873 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #192 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #24 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

Age: 91

Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, and briefly with the ...more

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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard and Shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

Age: 48

Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach for the Memphis Tigers and a former professional player. Hardaway played in the National ...more

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Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

Age: 53

Timothy Duane Hardaway Sr. (born September 1, 1966) is an American retired basketball player. At 6 ft (1.83 m) tall, he was best known for his crossover dribble which was dubbed the "UTEP ...more

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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Bruges, Belgium

Teams: San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

Age: 37

Number: 9

William Anthony Parker Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French-American former professional basketball player. The son of a professional basketball player, Parker played for two years for Paris ...more

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Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Denver, Colorado

Teams: Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

Age: 43

Number: 1

Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976) is retired American professional basketball player. He played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A star at the University of ...more

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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

Age: 31

Number: 1

Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college ...more

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 29

Number: 2

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North ...more

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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from New York City, New York

Teams: Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 71

Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald (born September 2, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Cincinnati ...more

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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Point guard from New York City, New York

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats

Age: 29

Number: 15

Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was picked ninth overall by the ...more

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