The 2016/2017 NBA season has been the year of the point guard. Today’s Point guards are the most dominant position group and the most entertaining to watch. No longer are point guards “traditional” where their first reaction is to pass the ball. These young men are explosive and filled with offensive fire power. With the season winding down this raises the question who is the BEST Point guard this season. Looking at this season, my ranking is as follows:
Irving has been an absolute joy to watch this season. At any moment he can embarrass his defender with a devastating crossover or his smooth jump shot. His averages of 25.5PPG showcase his ability to score at will but what leaves him just outside of the top 5 is his lack of facilitating. Irving does not have the responsibility of facilitating for his teammates as that job is left up to his teammate LeBron James. His averages of 5.8 assist – not bad at all – but still leaves more to be desired from a point guard.
Number 5 – Stephen Curry
Curry has managed to have a phenomenal season despite adding former MVP Kevin Durant. After a rough start, Curry seems to have regained his momentum that has made him such a dominant player last season. His scoring average of 24.9PPG is nothing to scoff at when considering the fact that he shares the ball with 3 other all-stars. His three point percentage has risen back to 40% to go along with an impress rate of 6.4APG. Golden State currently has the best record in the league at 58 – 14 and Curry has played a huge role in achieving this.
Number 4 – John Wall
Wall is easily having the best year of his career. He has his team sitting at third place in the Eastern Conference standings which is quite an impressive feat. His two way play is what pushes Wall into the upper echelon of point guards. He is an absolute beast defensively as he routinely locks down opposing guards. Wall has emerged as an exceptional passer this season which is shown by his whopping 10.8APG. He has been no slouch offensively either as he has averaged a cool 23 PPG. Wall’s all around play is what secured his spot in my top 5 list.
Number 3 – Isaiah Thomas
Now, placing Thomas this high was a difficult for me. To those who say his lackluster defense should’ve ranked Thomas below John Wall – you are almost correct. However, Thomas’ scoring prowess is just too much to overlook. The 5’9 inch Thomas has lit up defenders all year long with his 29.1PPG which is all the more impressive because of his small stature. What is even more impressive is the fact that he has the Boston Celtics sitting at the #2 seed in the eastern conference. He has single handedly carried his team this year which places him firmly at the number three spot.
Number 2 – James Harden
Harden’s phenomenal play this season has yielded him among many discussions as not only this season’s top point guard; but has also firmly seated him at the helm of being the best player in the league. His per game averages of 29.5PPG, 11.5APG and 8RPG are by far the best stats he has ever put up in his 7 year career. Harden has done it all this year whether it be setting up teammates or scoring at will. Harden attacks defenses head on which is why he leads the league in free throw attempts per game. His stellar play has the Rockets primed for a deep playoff run this postseason.
Number 1 – Russell Westbrook
There is nothing that can be said about Westbrook’s greatness that has not been said already – see my past article. Ferocious, fearless and determined are a few suitable words that describes his game this season. Westbrook’s angry play has meant bad news for his opponents this season. Westbrook is the ultimate competitor – he blocks, he steals, he scores, he facilitates, and doesn’t take plays off like most superstars. This aggression is what elevates Westbrook above all the other point guards in the league. He has taken the phrase “all around point guard” to another level, literally averaging triple doubles this season – 31.2PPG, 10.4APG, 10.5RPG. Forget about having the best season among point guards, Westbrook is having one of the best seasons in NBA history.