Top 10 Point Guards in the History of the NBA

Players who are entrusted with this position must have a unique skill set which includes ball handling, dribbling, vision, and shooting ability.

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By Karthik Raman | Jul 14, 2023 | 5 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has thrown up some legendary point guards. Point guards are widely considered to be the most skillful players on the court.

Their main responsibility on the court is to initiate offense by making their way up the court by using their dribbling skills and a set of intricate movements to set plays.

Players who are entrusted with this position must have a unique skill set which includes ball handling, dribbling, vision, and shooting ability.

In fact, some analysts have referred to point guards as the most complete players in Basketball.

So, who are the best point guards to have graced the NBA? Below is our list of the elite players in that position.

1. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Jr.

We start the rundown of the best ten-point guards in the history of not only the NBA but basketball globally.

Undoubtedly, Magic Johnson is the best point guard ever in the history of the NBA. A vast majority of basketball experts attest to his talents and overall greatness.

In his career, he was named the league’s most valuable player on three occasions. He also managed three NBA finals MVPs.

To top it all off, he won the NBA Championship five times and one wonders how many more accolades he would have gone to claim if his career wasn’t cut short by HIV.

2. Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson is a legendary point guard. Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Big O’. He played for the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The exceptional Robertson was a 12-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA Team. He also has a solitary Most valuable player to his name.

He holds the honor of being the first player to average a triple-double in NBA history. He was great at setting plays, rebounding, and scoring.

Robertson did not win much in the way of titles until he teamed up with Lew Alcindor for the Milwaukee Bucks, where he eventually won the NBA Championship.

3. John Stockton

John Stockton is one of the best albeit one of the most unlucky players ever in the history of the NBA.

If the conversation about a one-man franchise comes up, Stockton would probably be the first name to come up.

The former Utah Jazz point guard holds the record for the most career assists and steals, and it will take a lot of effort to usurp him.

Beyond his steals and assists statistics, his individual resume is even more impressive. He won two  Olympics Gold in quick succession between 1992 and 1996. Additionally, he won the FIBA Americas  Championship in 1992.

In 2009, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

4. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry has been described as a modern-day point guard, and he has been credited with changing the role of point guards.

He is a trailblazer as far as shooting three-pointers is concerned for point guards.

Curry’s talent is not limited to shooting only, as he is capable of but his playmaking ability is unrivaled especially today in the modern NBA.

Stephen Curry has four rings to his name. He has also been named a finals MVP and he also the secured the Finals MVP

As a matter of fact, some have boldly posited he is in line to be one of the greatest point guards ever and by extension, one the greatest ever to have played the game of basketball.

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5. Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas is the epitome of a combination of talent and competitive spirit. The 6-foot-1 point guard excellently combines both athleticism and talent to become one of the best point guards ever in the history of the NBA.

He wasn’t the best dribbler, but he possessed dribbling skills good enough to set plays and initiate offenses.

His Detroit Pistons team famously defeated the Chicago Bulls back-to-back on three occasions in the NBA playoffs.

6. Chris Paul

More than anyone else, Chris Paul was a leader on the court. In games, he always pointed out the best positions to his teammates from his position as a point guard.

He was famed for his pick-and-roll playing style in combination with high scoring ability.

Famously nicknamed ‘CP3’ in some quarters and ‘the point god’ in some other quarters, Paul earned a place in this list with his showing on the court.

However, one blemish on his career is that he didn’t manage to win an NBA Championship.

Nevertheless, he is a proud winner of two Olympic Gold medals in 2008 and 2012. Before that, he won Bronze at the FIBA World Championship in 2006.

7. Steve Nash

Steve Nash is another player who is famed for his pick-and-roll style. He is also famed for his shooting ability of his dribbling.

He is also very adept at shooting from beyond the arc which was a rarity in his playing days. Nash won the Most Valuable Player Award and was arguably one of the best point guards of his time.

8. Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd is also one of the highly regarded point guards in the history of the NBA. He was a flashy player with an eye for threading passes in tight spaces.

He also possessed the ability to hurt a team on transition. Kidd could also steal and defend in equal measure.

Jason Kidd also had a reputation for having one of the longest NBA careers.

9. Waltz Frazier

Walt Frazier was cool on and off the court and he earned the moniker ‘Clyde’. He was smooth and also had a knack for scoring points.

The former Knicks point guard also had great defensive abilities, and he managed to earn seven 1st Team All-Defenses in his time as an NBA player.

10. Bob Cousey

If there ever was a conversation about the first modern Point guard, Bob Cousey will most likely be the first name to be mentioned.

He is credited as being the first original floor general. He could pass, dribble, pass, and organize play on the court. Cousey’s ball-handling skills and creativity were also off the charts.