We are living in the golden age of point guards in the NBA. There have never been this many elite players at this position in league history.
On top of that, the position has changed. In the past, the point guard would run the team and aim to set guys up. Now, point guards are explosive athletes who can take over games with scoring as well as playmaking.
2016-17 was another year dominated by these guards. Lets see who made the top 5.
Kyle Lowry: 22.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 7.0 apg, 1.5 spg, 46% fg, 41% 3 pt, 82% ft
Mike Conley: 20.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 46% fg, 41% 3 pt, 86% ft
Damian Lillard: 27.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.9 apg, 44% fg, 37% 3 pt, 90% ft
Kyrie Irving: 25.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.2 spg, 47% fg, 40% 3 pt, 91% ft
Isaiah Thomas: 28.9 ppg, 5.9 apg, 46% fg, 38% 3 pt, 91% ft
5. John Wall
Season Stats: 23.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 10.7 apg, 2.0 spg, 45% fg, 33% 3 pt, 80% ft
John Wall elevated his game to superstar status last season. He put up 20 points and 10 assists while remaining an All NBA caliber defender.
He led Washington to 49 wins and the 4th seed in the East. And in the playoffs, he was even better.
He averaged 27 points, 10 assists, 2 steals and 1 block per night.
The Wizards dispatched the Hawks in six games as Wall was just unstoppable in the series.
Wall and the Wiz then took the Celtics to seven games and seem to be on the cusp of taking the next step as a team. The most memorable moment of that series came from John Wall, as he drained the game winning three in game 6 to force a game 7.
4. Chris Paul
Season Stats: 18.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 9.2 apg, 2.0 spg, 48% fg, 41% 3 pt, 89% ft
Chris Paul just continues his excellence on both ends of the court as he heads into his thirties. The point god showed no signs of slowing down this season and carried the Clippers to their 6th consecutive playoff appearance.
When Blake Griffin went down with an injury in game 3 against the Jazz, Chris Paul was left to just carry the team. And he more than stepped up to the challenge. He upped his stats to 25 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals and he took the Jazz all the way to a game 7.
Now with the Rockets, CP3 will have a better chance than ever to win, and just add to his historic legacy.
3. Stephen Curry
Season Stats: 25.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.8 spg, 47% fg, 41% 3 ppt, 90% ft
Steph didn’t put up the MVP numbers he did in 15-16, but that’s kind of hard to do when you add a superstar like Kevin Durant into the mix.
However, when KD went down with a knee injury, Steph did remind everyone why he was the unanimous MVP. During the 19 game stretch that Durant missed, Steph played in 18 of those games and averaged 27 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals, according to basketball reference. He led the Warriors to a 15-3 record in that span.
Then, in the playoffs, Steph finally rid himself of his Finals demons from a year ago. He seemed to be on a mission all postseason long, and when it got to the Finals, he didn’t slow down this time. Against the Cavs, he averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals while capturing his second ring.
2. Russell Westbrook
Season Stats: 31.6 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 10.4 apg, 1.6 spg, 43% fg, 34% 3 pt, 85% ft
Number 1 and 2 on this list could have gone either way. Russell Westbrook just had a historic MVP season and it was well deserved. Becoming only the second player in history to average a triple double for an entire season and just carrying the Thunder to the playoffs.
Russell Westbrook is the most athletic point guard in NBA history, and he has ascended to a level that no one thought was even possible.
1. James Harden
Season Stats: 29.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 11.2 apg, 1.5 spg, 44% fg, 35% 3 pt, 85% ft
The reason that James Harden gets the top spot over Westbrook is because he elevated the play of his teammates more than Westbrook did. Harden brought the absolute best out of guys like Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson. The other reason is that Harden got the better of Westbrook in their head to head match-up in the playoffs.
Coming off a disappointing 15-16 season, James was given a fresh start this year. New coach, Mike D’Antoni gave Harden the keys to the offence and the result? One of the greatest offensive seasons in NBA history.
Carrying the team to 55 wins and the second round of the playoffs. In pretty much any other season, he would have won MVP.
Now with CP3 coming to Houston, James Harden will no longer be the point guard, but this will be his greatest chance to win. After the disappointing way the season ended, he will be motivated to do just that.
All season stats in this post are according to espn.com.