Where does each Starting Point Guard rank in tiers? Who’s the cream of the crop and who is just there?
If you’ve heard my voice on the Hot Takes Podcast, hopefully you’ll like my writing as well. I’m Alex, a new contributor to the KWC blog, and the NBA guy around here. With the season just starting, I’m creating a series specifically ranking all starting positions in the NBA. If you feel some type of way about it, tweet me @AChristianJones, but here’s how the rankings go, and keep in mind, there are no failing grades here,
- A+ Level: The Cream of the Crop in the NBA. A special player that wills his team to victory time and time again, and is regularly in the MVP conversation.
- A or A- Level: Guys who make the team better, and franchise cornerstones. All Stars year in and year out, and in the All-NBA Discussion.
- B+ or B Level: Solid starters that do their jobs and are a nice part of the gameplan. Tend not to screw up a lot.
- B- or C+ Level: Mostly either guys who are in the twilight of their careers, or young guards who haven’t hit their potential yet. Not bad, but not great either.
- C Level: Average. Guys that are ok, and possibly the worst part of the starting 5. Maybe better served as a backup, for now. Also could be guys that need a spark in their careers that need to live up to their potential.
- Elfrid Payton: The Weeknd is just not a good shooter, and never has been. His style of play is not bad, and he is a solid defender who’s number have been rising year after year, especially scoring. But, his bad free throw shooting percentage and his 3 point percentage make him, ok.
- Frank Ntilikina: It’ll be interesting to see how his game translates to the NBA. Ntilikina is extremely raw, especially on the offensive side, but the tools are there. He’s a few years away, but it will only be up from here.
- Kris Dunn: Kris Dunn finished with a 8.13 Player Efficiency Rating for the year, which is horrible. He just had a terrible rookie season, shooting 37% from the field and just 61 percent from the line. But dude is talented, and maybe he’ll have a better chance to grow in Chicago, where he’ll be allowed to make mistakes. I’m rooting for him.
- Dejounte Murray: He’s gonna rise because he’s in Gregg Popovich’s system. The Washington prospect was considered a steal late in the first round for San Antonio, but he didn’t get much playing time until the postseason when Tony Parker went down with an injury. He’ll be the starter here for a while which Parker recovers, and we’ll see how he deals with the pressure.
- Emmanuel Mudiay: I’m keeping him here because he could still be the starting point guard for the Nuggets, but he could also lose his job to a shooting guard. I won’t call Mudiay a disappointment since his time in the league, but I’m not too excited about his career right now. Expect to see him on a different team this year.
- Jeremy Lin: He’s not really a point guard, more of a shooting guard in a point’s body. A very good scorer, especially at getting to the rim. However, Lin has never been a great defender, and the days of Linsanity are over. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out with D’Angelo Russell.
- Ricky Rubio: Dude is a 37.5% shooter in his career, and the Timberwolves were expected to start Kris Dunn over him. But he shot 40.2% last year, hooray! He’s always been a very good passer, and that’s has been his calling card since he was drafted. Maybe he’ll turn around in Utah, but’s he’s gotta shoot better as well.
Part 2 coming soon. We’ll take care of the B tier.