Jalees’ Top 5 NBA Point Guards

Jalees Briggs, Staff Writer

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In the NBA, the most important position in my opinion is the point guard. I say this because the  point guard is the man who is in charge on the court. This player is the one who takes the ball up court, calls out the plays, and is the man that the team mostly depends on. So I decided to make a list of the top 5 point guards of all time.

 

  1.  Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson is the best point guard that the NBA has ever seen. Magic was drafted in the 1979 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 1st pick in the 1st round. Magic played for the Lakers for 17 seasons, and during those seasons Magic managed to win 5 NBA championships, also winning the finals MVP award 3 times. After all of Magic’s hard work in the league, the Lakers retired his jersey number in 1992, and in 2002 he was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame.      

  1. Allen Iverson

AI played on many different teams in his 14 year career, but he is mostly known for his outstanding basketball play on the Philadelphia 76ers. AI only made it to the NBA finals once in his career, but he still  averaged 26.7 points per game, which ranks him seventh all time in the NBA. Also Iverson was the 2000-01 MVP that same season.

  1. Isiah Thomas

Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas played for the Detroit Bad Boys (Detroit Pistons). Isiah Thomas was drafted in the first round with the second pick in the 1981 NBA draft. Isiah played 13 seasons in the NBA and in those 13 seasons he managed to make the All Star team 12 times and the All NBA Team 5 times, along with 2 MVP awards, 2 NBA championships, and a 1989-90 finals MVP.

  1. Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is the most explosive point guard on this list. Westbrook plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder and is the 2016-17 MVP. Westbrook averages 31.6 points a game and is a 2x NBA scoring champion. Also Westbrook broke the NBA record in triple doubles with 41, which was set by Oscar Robinson in 1962.

  1. Isaiah Thomas

Last but certainly not the least is the current Isaiah Thomas also known as IT4. IT4 plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers after being traded from the Boston Celtics. Isaiah was in the 2011 NBA Draft and was picked in the 2nd round with the 30th pick (60th overall). Isaiah was picked last in the draft but turned out to be a breakout star with a scoring average of 28.9 points, making two NBA All-Star game appearances. He was on the 2011-12 All Rookie first team and his team was the number one seed in the 2016-2017 NBA playoffs. Isaiah has only six years of experience but with more exposure to the game IT4 could be an NBA champion one day.   

 

*All info from basketball-Reference.com

* photo via Google Images under the Creative Commons license

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