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
6,026 1,351
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

2
3,721 2,171
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

3
4,195 2,698
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Utah Jazz

4
3,815 2,291
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Detroit Pistons

5
3,603 2,765
Steve Nash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

6
5,191 2,870
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
tenshos008 added Golden State Warriors

7
2,965 2,165
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

8
2,716 1,776
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

9
3,669 2,399
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

10
4,090 1,615
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

11
2,604 1,107
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

12
3,189 1,723
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Oklahoma City Thunder

13
1,717 1,125
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

14
1,619 1,046
Walt Frazier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

15
1,671 768
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
1,913 1,431
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

17
2,207 1,104
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
JacksonLee added Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

18
1,262 855
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

19
1,326 761
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat

20
992 859
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
1,167 772
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

22
1,548 1,357
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
1,136 571
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Portland Trail Blazers

24
1,247 696
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Washington Wizards

25
892 754
Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

26
1,146 1,087
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

27
702 548
Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

28
711 549
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers

29
749 386
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

30
584 534
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

31
578 640
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
InsidiousSwede added Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

32
586 395
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
devenharris24 added Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

33
853 717
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

34
365 158
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
OralRobertsUniv added Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

35
483 474
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

36
551 471
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

37
416 253
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Charlotte Bobcats

38
435 487
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

39
472 513
Mark Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets

40
464 408
Stephon Marbury is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
wiabux added Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

41
393 340
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
379 471
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
421 403
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
399 327
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Pipsoed added Memphis Grizzlies

45
456 213
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Los Angeles Lakers

46
455 519
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
328 401
Dave Bing is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

48
377 350
Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History
Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Vancouver Grizzlies

49
356 323
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
337 283
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