Being a point guard is arguably the most important position on the court. The ball almost always starts in their hands and nearly every play is ran by them.
There are many different types of point guards, from pure passers like John Stockton to straight up scorers like Russell Westbrook. But no matter the type, to be considered one of the all-time greatest point guards in history meant being a leader and making your team better.
20. Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook III is the current point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Throughout his career, Westbrook has been awarded the NBA MVP award, a six-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP, six-time All-NBA Team member, and a two-time NBA Scoring Champion. As it stands, Westbrook has been recognized as one of the best all-around players in the NBA due to his athleticism and level of intensity he keeps up in the game.
Last season he became only the second player in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season. He just signed a 5 year contract extension with the Thunder for a whopping $205 million.
19. Tim Hardaway
Timothy Duane Hardaway Sr. is a retired point-guard having played for several teams, starting with the Golden State Warriors and ending his playing career with the Florida Pit Bulls. Hardaway is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a five-time All-NBA Team member. After his career ended, Hardaway extended his knowledge of the game and applied himself in coaching, currently serving as the assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons. Hardaway was also involved in a homophobia controversy, which then went through extensive education and eventually assisted in the overturn of Brenner v. Scott from the Constitution of Florida and legalized same-sex marriage.
18. Nate Archibald
Not to be confused with the character of the Gossip Girl series, Nathaniel “Tiny” Archibald is a retired point guard who spent most of his career with the Cincinnati Royals and Boston Celtics, but ended his career with the Milwaukee Bucks. Archibald is a one time NBA Champion, six-time NBA All-Star, All-Star Game MVP, and five-time All-NBA Team member. After his NBA career, Archibald completed his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and immediately taught in the New York City school system. During that time, he attended night school and received a Master’s degree in Administration.
17. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Andrew Irving is a point guard for the Boston Celtics. He became an NBA Champ during the 2016 NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and is a four-time NBA All-Star, All-Star Game MVP, as well as a Three-Point Shootout Champ. A fan of the arts, Irving is passionate about singing, dancing, and playing the saxophone. Besides his passions, Irving is also Flat Earth theorist, which has received plenty of criticism, but welcomes them more than anything. He has also appeared on television programs. Irving was involved in an episode of Houzz where he surprised his father by renovating his entire house.
16. Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson is a former point guard and coach, where he played for several teams, which ranged from the New York Knicks at the beginning of his career and ending with Houston Rockets. When he began, Jackson was awarded with an NBA All-Star and NBA Rookie of the Year. After playing, Jackson began coaching the Golden State Warriors, but was fired despite taking the team to the playoffs. In 2012, Jackson was victim of an extortion threat of extramarital affairs where he made several payments until gaining assistance from the FBI. Jackson is currently a game analyst for the ESPN.
15. Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Ray “Mr. Big Shot” Billups is a retired point guard. Having played for several teams throughout his career, Billups began his career with the Boston Celtics and retired while playing for the Detroit Pistons due to reasons highlighted through plenty of knee problems he faced during his last season. Billups has been awarded and recognized with an NBA Championship, NBA Finals MVP, an eight-time All-NBA Team, and two-time All-Defensive Team member. Off the court, Billups is involved in the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy where he displays his passion and commitment to mentoring at-risk youth and providing assistance to low-income families.
14. Tony Parker
William Anthony “Tony” Parker, Jr. is the current point guard for the San Antonio Spurs. He is a four-time NBA Champion, four-time All-NBA team member, and an NBA Finals MVP. Off the court, Parker is a shareholder for the French Basketball teams ASVEL and Lyon Basket. He is also involved with Make-A-Wish France Foundation, committed to working with them and helping with many wishes as possible. Parker also released a French Hip-Hop record, which featured several stars including Jamie Foxx and Eva Longoria, to whom he was married until 2010 after a long and documented divorce in the popular press.
13. Chris Paul
Christopher Emmanuel Paul is the current point guard for the Houston Rockets, and previously involved with New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers. Paul is a nine-time NBA All-Star, All-Star Game MVP, eight-time All-NBA and nine NBA All-Defensive team member. Off the court, Paul is a devoted Christian, avid bowler, owning a franchise in the Professional Bowlers Association, and founder of CP3 Foundation, which provides resources that enrich and strengthen healthy development of strong communities. He is also devoted to social justice causes, being a prominent figure in banning then-owner of the Clippers, Donald Sterling, after expressing racially prejudiced remarks.
12. Lenny Wilkens
Leonard Randolph “Lenny” Wilkens is a retired coach and former point guard for the St. Louis Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Portland Trail Blazers. During that time, he was a nine-time NBA All-Star, NBA All-Star Game MVP, accomplished an Olympic gold medal, and he is recognized in the Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and coach. Wilkens is currently a College Basketball analyst and makes occasional appearances on College Hoops Northwest. He is also the founder of the Lenny Wilkens Foundation, a non-profit organization raising funds for better healthcare and equal opportunity education for children in need.
11. Jerry West
Jerry Alan West is a retired point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960 to 1974. During his career as a player, he was an NBA champ, a fourteen-time NBA All-Star, fourteen-time NBA All-Star team, holds the record for the highest point per game average in a playoff series, voted as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history, and recognized in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Most are unaware, but the NBA logo is modeled after him. After his playing career, West continued working with the Los Angeles Lakers, and then became the Memphis Grizzlies’ general manager.
10. Steve Nash
Stephen John Nash is a former point guard, having played for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Nash is a recognized eight-time NBA All-Star, a seven-time All-NBA team member, and led the NBA assists leader five times. Outside of the NBA, Nash has been recognized for his altruism, involving himself for several philanthropic causes such as forming the Steve Nash Foundation that provides beneficial services to children affected by poverty, abuse, neglect, and illnesses. Other charities include the Jim Jennings Memorial Endowment Fund and GuluWalk, which raise awareness and funds for war-torn children of Northern Uganda.
9. Gary Payton
Gary “The Glove” Payton is a retired point guard, having played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and ending his career with the Miami Heat. Payton is a recognized NBA champ, nine-time NBA All-Star, nine-time All-NBA team, and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Personality wise, Payton is known to be a trash-talker, ranking third for having the most technical fouls of all time, earning a reputation for being an insubordinate and unpredictable presence among the players; however, that attitude began to change over the years, gaining recognition as a psychological leader from younger players.
8. Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy is a retired point guard for the Boston Celtics. During his professional career, Cousy won six NBA championships, awarded an MVP, thirteen-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA All-Star Game MVP, twelve-time All-NBA team, and a Basketball Hall of Fame player. Labeled as the “Houdini of the Hardwood,” Cousy dominated the court with street basketball moves that effectively drove crowds to strictly watch him play again. Since retiring, Cousy became a college basketball coach, but then grew bored of it and returned to the NBA and coach the Cincinnati Royals, even making a comeback as a player for the team.
7. Walt Frazier
Walter “Clyde” Frazier, nicknamed after Warren Beatty of Bonnie and Clyde fame, is a former point guard for the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1967-1977 and 1977-1980 respectively. Frazier is a two-time NBA champion, seven-time NBA All-Star, All-Star game MVP, and a thirteen-time All NBA Team. While in the Knicks, Frazier held several Knicks records that were then broken by Patrick Ewing. Still, after a decade of being with the Knicks, he ended hgius career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Frazier is known for his incredible and unique fashion sense, displayed on the dedicated website Clyde So Fly.
6. Jason Kidd
Jason Frederick Kidd is the current head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks, but began his professional basketball career as a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks and ending his playing career with the New York Knicks. As a player, Kidd made several highlights and won various awards such as an NBA championship in 2011, a ten-time NBA All-Star, fifteen All-NBA Team, and accomplishing a two-time consecutive NBA Sportsmanship award. After his retirement from playing, Kidd remained in the court providing his knowledge of the game and applying it in coaching, first with the Brooklyn Nets, then with the Milwaukee Bucks.
5. Stephen Curry
Wardell Stephen Curry II is the current point guard for the Golden State Warriors. Labeled the greatest shooter in the NBA history, Curry has accomplished great successes in little time: A two-time NBA champ, two-time MVP, four-time NBA All-Star, as well as a four-time All-NBA Team. More so, Curry also broke records for most three-pointers made in a regular season with 272 points for the 2012-2013 season, again in 2015 with 286, and breaking his own record again with 402 points in 2016! Even right now, he became the first NBA player to sign a “supermax” contract worth $201 million.
4. Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas is a retired point guard best known for being a member of the infamous “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons team. He played hard, much tougher than his 6’1 frame, but most importantly, he won. Thomas was a 12 time NBA all-star and despite being one of the greatest players on the court at the time, he was strangely left off the 1992 Olympic Gold winning “Dream Team”. It was reportedly due to him not getting along with Michael Jordan. Eventually he did make the 2nd reboot of the Dream Team for the ’94 World Championship of Basketball, but never played due to an injured Achilles, which proved to be career-ending. After retirement, Thomas has dabbled in coaching, sports broadcasting and even being an executive to the New York Knicks and New York Liberty, none panning out in the long term.
3. John Stockton
John Stockton is a former point guard for the Utah Jazz from 1984 to 2003. During his career, Stockton earned ten NBA All-Stars, several All NBA Teams and was also a part of the Olympic “Dream Team.” Admirably, Stockton displayed tremendous loyalty and respect by remaining with the Utah Jazz throughout his entire professional career in the NBA. Stockton also held the NBA record for most consecutive games played with one team. Unfortunately for Stockton, Kobe Bryant broke this in the 2015-2016 professional season. After retiring, Stockton became the assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Montana State University.
2. Oscar Robertson
Oscar “The Big O” Robertson is a former point-guard for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. In his professional career, Robertson earned an NBA Championship in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks, an MVP in 1964 with the Cincinnati Royals, a twelve time All-Star, and an eleven time All-NBA Team. Having endured poverty and racism, Robertson grew fond of the sport due to it being a “poor kids” game, learning how to play with tennis balls and anything resembling a ball. To this day, he feels he can outplay current players while still expressing respect to many such as Russell Westbrook.
1. Magic Johnson
Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., Is the current president of the Los Angeles Lakers, however, he was also the point guard for the Lakers for thirteen seasons. During that time, he has earned a total of five championships, including an NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awarded to him early in his rookie season. Though he announced his retirement in 1991 due to contracting HIV, Magic Johnson returned to play in the 1992 All-Star Game as well as earning a position in the 1992’s U.S. Olympic Basketball’s “Dream Team.” After his retirement, Johnson became an advocate and motivational speaker for HIV/AIDS prevention.