The top 10 point guards in the NBA right now
Ranking the NBA's top 10 point guards
The term "point guard" has changed so much in recent years. The rise of "point forwards" like Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo who can handle the ball and initiate the offense for their teams has turned the entire concept of point guards on its head.
This list tries not to rank the league's 10 best floor generals, but rather the 10 guards who best perform that role. Let the rankings -- and fiery debate -- begin.
10) D'Angelo Russell
Things didn't work out in Los Angeles with the Lakers, but in Brooklyn "DLo" has found a place he can shine. Russell averaged 21.1 points and seven assists in a breakout 2018-19 season, leading the Nets to the sixth seed in the East.
Only 23, the sky's the limit for this southpaw star. After being traded to Golden State, Russell will have the opportunity to learn from one of the all-time great point guards in Steph Curry.
9) John Wall
Ever since putting pen to paper on a four-year, $170 supermax extension with the Wizards in the summer of 2017, things have gone sideways for Wall. Injuries have curtailed each of his last two seasons, and now sidelined with a ruptured Achilles, Wall could miss the entire 2019-20 campaign, too.
It's unclear what John Wall we'll see when he does get back on the court. But when healthy, he's undoubtedly one of the most dynamic point guards of this generation. Wizards fans can only hope he gets back to that level upon his return.
8) Chris Paul
CP3's scoring numbers fell off since teaming up with James Harden on the Rockets, but Paul still drops plenty of dimes, finishing fourth in the NBA last season in assists per game (8.2).
After a blockbuster trade for Russell Westbrook, Paul finds himself as the starting point guard on the Oklahoma City Thunder, at least for now. Perhaps the change of scenery is the jumpstart Paul needs to re-establish himself as a top-five point guard in the league.
7) Kemba Walker
In the final year of his contract with the Hornets, Walker put together his best statistical season in 2018-19, playing all 82 games and setting career-highs in points (25.6) and assists (5.9).
Walker will start a new stage of his career next season after signing with the Boston Celtics in free agency. With a solid supporting cast and savvy front office behind him, "Cardiac Kemba" has his best shot at a title in the coming years.
6) Kyle Lowry
Playing next to Kawhi Leonard, Lowry proved he's truly an elite facilitator, dishing out 8.7 assists per game, the second-best mark in the entire league. And his 26-point, 10-assist performance in Game 6 of the NBA Finals was the perfect way to finish off Toronto's first championship run.
Leonard grabbed all the headlines, but Lowry and the Raptors winning an NBA title after so many years of playoff shortcomings is truly an amazing sports story. Combine Leonard's departure with Lowry's age, however, and this might be the final year on this list for Lowry.
5) Kyrie Irving
Greeted as a hero when he arrived in the blockbuster trade with the Cavaliers two years ago, Irving leaves Boston as a bit of a villain. His commitment level during the playoff loss against the Bucks came under question, and his comments to the media didn't help matters, either.
But at his best, Irving is arguably the NBA's premier ball-handler, a six-time All-Star with a championship ring to boot. No matter the concerns about his negative effects on team chemistry, a fresh start in Brooklyn could land Irving even higher on this list a year from now.
4) Russell Westbrook
No one can question Westbrook's ability to stuff a stat sheet: Russ averaged a triple-double for the third-straight season in 2018-19, continuing to put up gargantuan numbers for a Thunder squad with championship aspirations.
After moving Paul George to the Clippers, however, it was clear Westbrook's time in Oklahoma City was nearing a close. Now partnered back up with his ex-teammate James Harden on the Rockets, Westbrook has the opportunity to flip the script and prove himself as a winner.
3) Damian Lillard
Fittingly, it was Lillard's Blazers who knocked Westbrook's Thunder out of the playoffs, the Weber State product leading Portland to its first Western Conference Finals appearance since 1992.
Lillard is undoubtedly now among the NBA's current pantheon of elite guards, possessing the ability to knock down big shots from anywhere on the court. No wonder the kids call him "Big Game Dame."
2) Steph Curry
That miss in the dying seconds of Game 6 notwithstanding, Curry is still well on his way to becoming the best three-point shooter the NBA has ever seen. Watch out, Jesus Shuttlesworth: Chef Curry's coming for your record.
Curry just turned 31, and he already has three NBA rings and two MVP awards. Not too shabby. Don't forget, Kevin Durant bolted in free agency and Klay Thompson is out till at least February. Last time Curry was the No. 1 option on his team, he was the first-ever unanimous MVP.
1) James Harden
Even with Chris Paul on his team for the past two years, Harden has proven he's the best of this incredible crop of point guards. He's won the scoring title each of the last two seasons and is still averaging eight assists over that span.
The 2017-18 MVP and a finalist to win another for 2018-19, Harden's star may never shine brighter. With the acquisition of former OKC teammate Russell Westbrook, however, this might be the year Harden adds that elusive NBA championship to his trophy case.