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?

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5,490 1,202
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

2
3,413 1,927
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

3
3,868 2,383
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
John Stockton Utah Jazz

4
3,501 2,004
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

5
3,299 2,448
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
4,461 2,620
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

7
2,705 1,966
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
2,491 1,613
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Gary Payton Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

9
3,343 2,153
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Chris Paul New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

10
3,697 1,468
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

11
2,372 979
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers

12
2,908 1,499
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

13
1,575 1,000
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Bob Cousy Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

14
1,492 944
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Walt Frazier Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

15
1,522 670
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
1,764 1,280
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

17
1,930 977
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

18
1,202 684
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
1,162 775
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Tim Hardaway Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

20
918 782
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
1,086 705
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

22
1,372 1,258
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

23
841 682
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kevin Johnson Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

24
1,132 611
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added John Wall Washington Wizards

25
994 521
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers

26
1,030 994
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

27
639 505
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Earl Monroe Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

28
657 499
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

29
626 329
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
537 484
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dennis Johnson Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

31
525 336
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Muggsy Bogues Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

32
799 622
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Isaiah Thomas Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

33
512 574
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Kyle Lowry Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

34
446 431
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
506 423
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baron Davis Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

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293 120
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Jason Williams Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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405 456
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
442 479
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Mark Jackson Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets

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430 372
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Stephon Marbury Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

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349 219
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kemba Walker Charlotte Bobcats

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365 302
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Gilbert Arenas Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic

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349 421
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Nate Robinson New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder

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393 372
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Sam Cassell Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

44
362 290
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Mike Conley, Jr. Memphis Grizzlies

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311 373
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dave Bing Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

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434 483
Deron Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Deron Williams Utah Jazz, New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks

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357 324
Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Mike Bibby Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

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316 259
Steve Francis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Steve Francis Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks

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374 171
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

50
329 301
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
NaroSlp added Doc Rivers Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks