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The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

Updated June 15, 2020 203.5k votes 25.5k voters 271.0k views150 items

List RulesOnly 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 Johnson1
    8,384
    2,157

    Magic Johnson

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age61

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    Number32

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  • Stephen Curry2
    8,739
    4,285

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

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  • Jerry West3
    3,716
    1,887

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint Guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia

    Number44

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    #5 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#3 of 23 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 70s

  • Allen Iverson4
    5,502
    2,990

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    Number1

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  • Oscar Robertson5
    5,306
    3,165

    Oscar Robertson

    Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

    Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired...  more

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  • John Stockton6
    6,060
    3,889

    John Stockton

    Utah Jazz

    PositionPoint guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington

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  • Damian Lillard7
    2,099
    1,200

    Damian Lillard

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Number0

    Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland...  more

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  • Pete Maravich8
    2,473
    1,432

    Pete Maravich

    Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

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  • Isiah Thomas9
    5,299
    3,406

    Isiah Thomas

    Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard

    Age59

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Chris Paul10
    4,954
    3,225

    Chris Paul

    New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

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  • Penny Hardaway11
    1,921
    1,199

    Penny Hardaway

    Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

    PositionPoint guard

    Age48

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Number1

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  • Gary Payton12
    3,672
    2,395

    Gary Payton

    Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age52

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

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  • Jason Kidd13
    4,106
    2,725

    Jason Kidd

    Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age47

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Number5

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  • Walt Frazier14
    2,126
    1,359

    Walt Frazier

    Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Atlanta

    Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the...  more

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  • Kemba Walker15
    1,060
    606

    Kemba Walker

    Charlotte Bobcats

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number15

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  • Russell Westbrook16
    4,219
    2,924

    Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number0

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  • Steve Nash17
    5,003
    3,734

    Steve Nash

    Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Number10

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  • Bob Cousy18
    2,288
    1,662

    Bob Cousy

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age92

    BirthplaceYorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Kyrie Irving19
    3,110
    2,142

    Kyrie Irving

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

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  • Kobe Bryant20
    956
    539

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

    Age42

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

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  • Tony Parker21
    2,453
    1,813

    Tony Parker

    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Number9

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  • James Harden22
    513
    255

    James Harden

    Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

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  • Tim Hardaway23
    1,675
    1,256

    Tim Hardaway

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Jason Williams24
    654
    406

    Jason Williams

    Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionPoint guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceBelle, West Virginia

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  • Chauncey Billups25
    1,489
    1,143

    Chauncey Billups

    Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, United States of America

    Number1

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