Point guard play is a fascinating part of basketball to watch. When you see a great ball handler that can take control of his team and move the ball around with precision passes it is a great joy to behold. There is nothing like a great ball mover that will thread a strong defence and go to the goal or catch one of his teammates moving to the target out of the corner of his eyes and making that precision pass the keeps all the defenders at bay. Look for some of the movers and shakers lists below from 10 to 1 to keep a lot of defenders at bay this year.
10. Rajon Rondo:
Can put up some impressive triple-doubles with an average of almost 12 ppg and almost ten apg. He will be coming off an injury year where he only played 30 games in the 2013-14 season. Look for him to overcome his major knee injury to continue to put up numbers for the Boston Celtics. The game to watch for is the Celtics vs Spurs to see Rajon and Tony Parker go at it.
9. Tony Parker:
Tony is playing himself into a lot on NBA conversations when it comes top point guards. This San Antonio guard will continue to keep up the pace in the upcoming season. Averaging almost 17 ppg, he will become one of the fan favourites during the San Antonio campaign on 2014-15. The Games to watch will be Spurs vs Trail Blazers in Dec and Jan to see how Tony Parker and Damian Lillard stack up against each other.
8. Kyle Lowry:
With an impressive 17.9 ppg average, it is probably why Kyle Lowry was re-signed by general manager Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors. You can bet he will continue to put the numbers and keep the Raptors moving into the 2014-15 with a strong shot at postseason play again. Watching Lowry and Wall on the court should make the Raptors vs Wizards one of best matchups for Lowry and the boys.
7. Damian Lillard:
This Portland guard can put on quit a show with an average of over 20 ppg. He is an excellent three-point shooter. With a 40 per cent three-point shooting average Damien Lillard will continue to be worth the price of admission to see him continue to put up impressive numbers again this year. The Trail Blazers vs Warriors will be a great test pitting Lillard and Curry against each other.
6. Kyrie Irving:
Kyrie will carry an average 20.8 ppg and almost seven apps into the 2014-15 season to keep the Cavs on their feet again this year. He is one guard that defence hates to see get hot and move the ball. He will have another good year carving up the defence during the quest toward the playoffs this year. When Irving and Parker hit the court for the first time at the Quicken Center, it will be a good preview of how well the new look Cavaliers and old Spurs will be. The Cavaliers vs Spurs in the NBA Finals is a pretty good bet this 2014-15 NBA season.
5. John Wall:
John will help the Washington Wizards to make some noise in the Eastern Conference this year. This is another NBA guard that averages close to 20 ppg. With almost nine apg his teammates are very appreciative of his unselfish ball movement. Look for the Wizards to continue the great play that led them to a great playoff run in the 2013-14 year.
4. Goran Dragic:
Making the ALL-NBA Third Team last year you can bet this point guard will pick up where he left off last year. Sporting a 20.3 ppg average will help him do just that. Look for him to continue to put up the points for the Phoenix Suns. A 50 per cent shooting average from the field will help lead the Suns to a strong push in this upcoming NBA year.
3. Stephen Curry:
Stephen is not known for his defence but who is when you have an average of 24 ppg. Curry was the NBA’s seventh-leading scorer in the 2013-14 season. He attempted an average of almost eight three-pointers each game. He will put a lot of numbers again this year while he leads Golden State to another playoff year. Curry vs Westbrook will be the matchup to watch when the Warriors vs Thunder games happen as they could easily end up being an NBA playoff preview early in the season.
2. Russell Westbrook:
This Oklahoma City guard averaged 26.7 ppg during the playoffs in 2013-14. That will bring his average to almost 22 ppg during his great NBA career. If he has an injury free year, he can put up some impressive numbers. The more he plays his consistency improve in a great way. He will put up some huge numbers in the Oklahoma City run this year. Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving will meet on the court for the first time under the new Cav’s look the Thunder vs Cavaliers could be an early NBA Finals look.
1. Chris Paul:
Chris Paul will show you why he is in the number one spot if you will take a look at him the next time you have the opportunity to see him. Chris is one of the best floor managers in the league. He also led the league in assists and stole last season. Look for him to maintain his 19 ppg and 10.7 apg in a powerful run for the Clippers. The biggest game of the year could be the Clippers vs Cavaliers not just because of Lebron, but Chris Paul vs Kyrie Irving could end up being where the game is won for either team. Also, the Clippers vs Warriors is another big game between Chris Paul and Stephen Curry as last year the two went at it.
What about Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose you ask? I didn’t add him to my list because he has only played a total of 10 games in the past two years. While I would add him somewhere between 2-5, his mental and physical health factors still have questions. The Oct 31 Bulls vs Cavaliers opener will be a good test to see where he is at. Rose finished the preseason this year with 57 points in 56 minutes of playing time and went 24 of 41 and also over 50% in three-pointers and finished the eight-game preseason with a team-high avg of 16.2. If he can stay healthy and get through the entire season, the Chicago Bulls have an excellent chance of winning it all.
Would love to know who your top 5 NBA Point Guards are for this upcoming season?