The Top 10 PGs in the NBA

Updated: Mar 23, 2021

NBA point guards are the quarterbacks of their teams. They're some of the most talented signal-callers in the league and best on their teams. Here are the 10 best point guards in the NBA.

10 Jrue Holiday

The 10 spot was a tough one. There are so many good point guards in the league and it feels wrong to leave some guys out, but it has to be done. Holiday was dealt in the offseason to the Milwaukee Bucks for a hefty package. He has missed some time due to COVID-19 and injury but is an impact when healthy. Holiday gives the Bucks a reliable defender, playmaker, and improved shooter after replacing Eric Bledsoe.

Holidays Season Stats:

PPG 15.3 APG 5.1 RPG 4.3 SPG 1.8

9 Trae Young

Originally I left Trae Young off the list but then realized that was silly. Young has gotten better every year he's been in the NBA. Without him, the Hawks are probably the worst team in the East. With him, they are the 8-seed. His offensive skill and shooting range is "Steph Curry-like." Defenders have to pick him up at half-court causing open shots for his teammates. Young's biggest improvement would have to be his defense as opposing guards tend to feast on his defensive ability.

Arguably the biggest All-Star snub in the East.

Young Season Stats:

PPG 26.7 APG 9.3 RPG 4.2 3FG 37.5% FG 43.1%

8 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (SGA) has blossomed into the biggest All-Star snub that no one talked about. SGA is the Oklahoma City Thunder. He does almost everything for a young rebuilding team. He finishes through contact with ease and can virtually get his shot off from anywhere. His defense is also heavily underrated. SGA looks to help the Thunder improve their 16-21 record and possibly make the play-in game in the West.

Gilgeous-Alexander Season Stats:

PPG 23.5 APG 6.2 RPG 5.0 FG 51.0% 3FG 40.5%

7 Ben Simmons

It seems that all people ever want is for Ben Simmons to shoot a three nowadays, but that is not his game. Simmons facilitates, finishes, and defends at a high-level. His range is expanding, but just not at the level the fans want it to. Right now Simmons has the perfect team around him, a team of snipers, Seth Curry, Danny Green, and Shake Milton, with two very good big-men in Dwight Howard and Joel Embiid.

Simmons Season Stats:

PPG 16.1 APG 7.6 RPG 7.9 SPG 1.6 FG 57.8%

6 Chris Paul

Chris Paul might not have even made the Top 10 if it was not for his all-star caliber year.

Now just by looking at Paul's stats, many fans would not be impressed, outside of his 8.8 assists per game. However, Paul so much more than stats, he brings stability, leadership, and a winning mentality. Those can be shown from last year's Oklahoma City team. They were not a projected playoff team at the beginning and ended up earning the 5 seed ahead of teams like the Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers. Paul has shown that again by taking a Phoenix Suns team to be a Top 4 seed in the Western Conference.

Paul Season Stats:

PPG 16.1 APG 8.8 RPG 4.7 SPG 1.2 3FG 39.4 FG 48.5

5 Russell Westbrook

Now Westbrook started the season slow and looked nothing like the Westbrook we are accustomed to. He was playing through an injury and Covid-19 complications. However, in Westbrook's last six games he's been putting up number's that gave him an MVP award in 2017. His impact has been felt by the Wizards and with him in the lineup over John Wall, the Wizards have most likely won more games than they originally were supposed to. The Wizards postseason success will like come down to how far Westbrook and Brad Beal can carry a team that does not play defense.

Westbrook Season Stats:

PPG 20.3 APG 9.8 RPG 9.6 SPG 1.2 FG 43.2%

4 Luka Doncic

Luka Magic! Doncic came out in full force last season lifting the Dallas Mavericks to the postseason for the first time since 2015-16. This year Doncic has been nothing but spectacular and is certainly in the MVP discussion. He currently has the Mavericks in the eight-seed and looking to be on the come-up as the rest of the season plays out. The Mavericks will go as far as Luka's magic can last. Doncic at four does seem a little low for someone of his caliber, but with who was left to rank it ultimately makes sense.

Doncic's Season Stats:

PPG 25.4 APG 7.7 RPG 8.5 SPG 1.0 FG 45.2%

3 Dame Lillard

Dame Dolla or Logo Lillard has been on fire this year. He is having an MVP season, but due to the likes Joel Embiid and LeBron James, Lillard probably will not win the MVP this year. However, he has stepped up his game to keep the Blazers a legitimate contender despite the injuries to Jusuf Nurkic, C.J. McCollum, and Harry Giles III. The show we saw between him and Steph Curry was purely ludacris. It showed the insane range they each have and why defenders might have to start to guard him full-court due to his range. His defense has vastly improved, making at least a reliable on-ball defender. Three seems low for Lillard, but it makes sense with who is still left.

Lillard Season Stats:

PPG 29.9 APG 7.9 RPG 4.4 FG 44.6% 3FG 38.6%

2 Steph Curry

Okay, bring on the criticism for Curry being number two. He was number one until Kyrie Irving decided he was not a point guard anymore. Curry is undeniably good at basketball. He is one of the top playmakers in the game. His shooting stroke is the best anyone has ever seen. The show he and Lillard put on in the All-Star game was absurd. That backcourt was unfair. Curry is an MVP candidate this year but is behind the likes of Joel Embiid and LeBron James. Curry is looking to bring the Warriors back to playoffs this year without the help of running mate Klay Thompson. Curry's biggest question is still his defense and without Klay Thompson to guard the opposing team's best guard it will interesting to see if Curry can bring up his below-average defense.

Curry Season Stats:

PPG 29.3 APG 6.2 RPG 5.3 FG 47.7% 3FG 41.4%

1 James Harden

Now if James Harden was still in the Houston Rockets he would simply be the best shooting guard in the NBA today. Since being trading to Brooklyn, Kyrie Irving has relinquished his point guard duties to Harden. Now the Harden and Curry debate is definitely a good one. Curry is a better shooter, but Harden is better at creating shots for himself and his teammates. Neither are good defenders, but Harden is slightly better. Harden is also a better finisher. Now Curry is more important to his team. The Nets still have Irving, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Durant compared to Kelly Oubre Jr, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins. Harden is the best point guard in the league.

Harden Season Stats:

PPG 24.9 APG 10.8 RPG 7.1 FG 46.5% 3FG 36.7%

Here's my list of guys that just missed the cut.


De'Aaron Fox

Kyle Lowry

Kemba Walker

Ja Morant

Mike Conley


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