It’s the summer of 2011 and the CBA is having a collapse of biblical proportions, creating ascenario where every player in the NBA becomes a Free Agent. Who do you go after to run thepoint for your franchise in the coming years? Sorry Nash, Kidd and Billups but your services areno longer required here. We’re looking into the future to find the best at the point position for years to come.
10) Raymond Felton
--Who would have thought Raymond Felton would round out this list ayear ago? Apparently Donnie Walsh, Mike D’Antoni and company did when they signed himto a two-year 15.8 million dollar contract over this past summer. Felton leads all point guardsin MPG (6th overall) logging an impressive 38.9. What makes it even more impressive is thathe’s doing it running D’Antoni’s uptempo, NBA Points Per Game leading offense. Averaging18.2 and 8.7 to go along with almost 2 steals a game he seems to be a perfect fit in New Yorkand on myfantasyteam. However, his inability to finish around the basket and shoot at a high
percentage from deep is what separates him from the top of the class.
9) Tyreke Evans
--One of only four players in history to average at least 20 points, 5 reboundsand 5 assists in his rookie campaign (Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron Jameswere the other three). Easy to see why he grabbed rookie of the year honors in the 2009-2010season. Gets to the rim at will with a quick first step and finishes. The tallest of all the guardson this list at 6’6, he can cause fits on the defensive end, when he wants to. His inability toshoot the basketball consistently hurts him at times. Evans can also tend to lack effort on thecourt and maturity off of it, dropping him to the 9 spot.
8) Stephen Curry
--Flat out the best shooting point guard in the NBA. Hands down, period.With a quick trigger and money off the dribble he’s deadly from downtown, at 44%, and the linewhere he’s likely to be a career 90% shooter. But, it’s his under-rated ability to see the floor andplay the pick and roll that makes him so special. Where it normally takes years to master, Currystepped right in like he had been running the pick and roll his whole life. His lack of size andability to get to the line is the only thing keeping him from rising on this list.
7) Tony Parker
--At number 7 on our list is Tony Parker. As long as your name isn’t EvaLongoria or Brent Barry, you would love to have this guy running the show. Three time NBAChampion and 2007 Finals MVP, Parker proved to us he can play the point at a Championshiplevel. He has an extra gear, getting him into the paint, where he can score with the best of them. His shooting ability is a little below average and at 28 years of age he’s the senior citizenof this list.
6) Russell Westbrook-
-Freakishly athletic with loads of upside. Couple his athleticism withgreat size and you can see why he’s leading all point guards in rebounding, at a shade under five a game. The only thing holding Westbrook back from being one of the greats in the NBAright now is his jump shot. His shooting percentage, .436, is much too low for someone thatgets to the rim as often as Westbrook. That said, we saw glimpses of greatness in the WorldChampionships this past summer. Westbrook took over for periods of time on a team filled withperennial All-Stars.