After watching Tony Parker and Stephen Curry go at it on Easter Sunday, I decided to use Top Five Tuesday as a chance list my top five active points guards in the league.
5. John Wall
Not being invited to try out for the 2016 Olympic team was a real slap in the face to Wall but he has used it as fuel to put up one of the best seasons of his career. He’s averaging 17.5 points, 10 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Wizards. He beats Tony Parker by a hair for the fifth spot.
4. Chris Paul
The game has changed from pure point guards like Paul to more of an offensive mindset featuring the players listed ahead of him. Still, Paul is one of the most complete players in the game, able to beat you in several ways.
3. James Harden
He has one of the most underrated first steps in the game and can step back and shoot a three-pointer from midcourt. Unlimited range and the ability to get to draw free throws over and over again. Still waiting for him to play a little defense.
2. Stephen Curry
Sweetest shooter in the game and easily the most fun to watch handle the ball. Never thought in a million years he would be this good on the pro level. Still feel bad for Dell Curry. He made over 1,200 three-pointers in the NBA and isn’t even the best shooter in his own family.
1. Russell Westbrook
He’s a hurricane in a basketball uniform. With Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka on the shelf, he is having an MVP season. For two months he averaged 30 points and 10 assists, single-handedly keeping the hard-luck Thunder in the playoff chase.
The only question about Westbrook is: can he keep up this pace? He goes full tilt for every second he’s on the floor and in a season like this in OKC, it’s almost like you’re waiting for him to run out of gas before it’s over.
Also my pick for best athlete in the league, but that’s another list.
Top Five Tuesday is Cedric Golden’s weekly look at sports and other areas of pop culture in his Golden’s Nuggets blog. Your comments are welcome because that’s the beauty of lists: the debates they inspire.
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