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The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

Updated June 15, 2020 207.6k votes 25.2k voters 269.2k 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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  • 1
    Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    8,558
    2,192

    Magic Johnson

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Power forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    8,952
    4,386

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

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  • 3
    Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    3,814
    1,850

    Jerry West

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Age81

    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player.... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    5,652
    2,990

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

    Allen Ezail Iverson (; born June 7, 1975), nicknamed "the Answer", is an American former... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    5,397
    3,256

    Oscar Robertson

    Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age81

    BirthplaceCharlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

    Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938), nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    6,147
    4,023

    John Stockton

    Utah Jazz

    PositionPoint guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington

    John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    2,125
    1,105

    Damian Lillard

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Number0

    Damian Lamonte Ollie Lillard is an American professional basketball player for the Portland... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    2,509
    1,429

    Pete Maravich

    Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks

    PositionShooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

    Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    1,940
    1,177

    Penny Hardaway

    Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    2,167
    1,382

    Walt Frazier

    Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age74

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Walter "Clyde" Frazier (born March 29, 1945) is an American former basketball player in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    1,051
    513

    Kemba Walker

    Charlotte Bobcats

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number15

    Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    5,354
    3,529

    Isiah Thomas

    Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961) is an American former basketball player who played... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    3,744
    2,452

    Gary Payton

    Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age51

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Gary Dwayne Payton Sr. (born July 23, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    5,009
    3,347

    Chris Paul

    New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

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  • 15
    Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    4,171
    2,827

    Jason Kidd

    Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Number5

    Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball coach and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    4,330
    2,990

    Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number0

    Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    2,329
    1,715

    Bob Cousy

    Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age91

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

    Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    956
    501

    Kobe Bryant

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Swingman

    Age41

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Number24

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  • 19
    Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    5,087
    3,890

    Steve Nash

    Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceJohannesburg, South Africa

    Number10

    Stephen John Nash (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian former professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    3,212
    2,175

    Kyrie Irving

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

    Kyrie Andrew Irving (; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    288
    138

    Spud Webb

    Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

    Age56

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    2,497
    1,879

    Tony Parker

    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Number9

    William Anthony Parker Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French-American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    668
    395

    Jason Williams

    Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionPoint guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceBelle, West Virginia

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  • 24
    James Harden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    519
    219

    James Harden

    Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

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  • 25
    Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
    1,712
    1,287

    Tim Hardaway

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age53

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Timothy Duane Hardaway Sr. (born September 1, 1966) is an American retired basketball player.... more on Wikipedia
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