2017-18: Ranking the top point guards in the NBA this season
Top PGs of the 2017-18 Season
The Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade got us thinking: Who will be the top point guards of the 2017-18 NBA season? For our purposes, James Harden will be considered a shooting guard now that Chris Paul has arrived in Houston.
5) Kyrie Irving
The cover of NBA 2K18 is going to need updating after its star, Kyrie Irving, was dealt to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first round pick. Irving has been one of the NBA's most dynamic, ball-dominant scorers since entering the league, but he has a reputation as a weak defender. Irving's desire to leave Cleveland and LeBron James's shadow played out publically this summer before he was ultimately shipped to Boston.
4) Chris Paul
Chris Paul will team up with James Harden in Houston, taking over point guard duties after Harden ran point (extraordinarily successfully) last season. Paul's 2016-17 production was hampered by a thumb injury that required surgery, but he remains one of the best in the league when healthy.
3) John Wall
John Wall made his first All-NBA team last season despite two knee surgeries the summer prior. He's completely healthy this offseason and has an opportunity to get even better during the coming year. In terms of athleticism and court vision, very few players in the NBA can match Wall. He's also one of the most dangerous block artists and pick pockets in the league, adding a demension of defense to his game that others at his position lack.
2) Stephen Curry
It's hard to imagine any season that ends with an NBA championship being a down year, but that's been the conventional wisdom about Steph Curry's 2016-17 campaign. The addition of Kevin Durant made Curry share some of the spotlight of the league's most productive offense. Still, the 2016 MVP had the best Finals performance of his career.
1) Russell Westbrook
The 2017 MVP, Russell Westbrook is an athletic freak. He not only handles running the offense and scoring at ridiculous rates, but also he's a ferocious rebounder. Westbrook set the NBA record for most triple-doubles in a season (42), and became only the second player in league history to average a triple-double in a season. The man literally does it all for the Thunder.