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
5,624 1,232
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

2
3,476 1,982
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

3
3,949 2,453
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz

4
3,588 2,069
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons

5
3,386 2,516
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
4,612 2,695
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Golden State Warriors

7
3,443 2,197
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

8
2,778 2,007
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

9
2,554 1,646
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

10
3,778 1,505
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

11
2,435 1,002
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

12
1,617 1,027
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

13
2,972 1,548
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oklahoma City Thunder

14
1,526 966
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

15
1,567 692
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
1,795 1,316
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

17
1,994 1,005
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

18
1,236 706
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

19
1,196 793
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

20
947 798
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
1,105 724
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

22
1,406 1,284
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
857 700
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

24
1,168 629
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Washington Wizards

25
1,029 530
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Portland Trail Blazers

26
1,060 1,013
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

27
659 514
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

28
674 512
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

29
668 332
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
556 493
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

31
540 348
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

32
817 641
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

33
527 589
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

34
453 439
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

35
518 434
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
311 128
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
414 462
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
451 484
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets

39
436 382
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
363 224
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Bobcats

41
371 308
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
355 432
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
402 377
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
372 295
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Memphis Grizzlies

45
317 380
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

46
440 494
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
365 330
Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

48
394 178
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

49
341 304
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
322 266
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