Where does each Starting Point Guard rank in tiers? Who’s the cream of the crop and who is just there?
The NBA season has gotten off to an interesting start. So let’s get right to it. Reminder of the rankings before we get to the B Tier.
- 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.
- Dennis Schröder: Almost put him higher on this list because of how well he has started the season. He’s been the highest usage player on a bad Atlanta Hawks team, and has shown his true potential, averaging almost 23 points a game and over 6 assists. His shooting percentage has been really good as well, shooting 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3 point range.
- Lonzo Ball: Disclaimer: I am a HUGE Lakers fan, so I want to see anyone wearing the purple and gold succeed. *ahem, I don’t see passion from Lonzo Ball. Although, his shooting has been atrocious, I’m almost convinced that he doesn’t have a will to win like other players. Even quiet players such as Dame Lillard, you can see their passion on the court. The potential is there for Lonzo, but the mindset needs work, especially in LA.
- Darren Collison: Darren Collison is the definition of “what you see is what you get”. By no means a bad player, and can win you a game or two. Don’t expect a scoring outburst every night, but he’s had a consistent career, and he is continuing to do that in Indiana.
- De’Aaron Fox: The kid can score, and he will be one of the best scorers in the NBA in a few years. He just needs to score at a more efficient rate. The shooting percentage is ehhh, shooting 40% from the field but an egregious 17% from three point range. He’ll boost it up, and it’ll be interesting to see his development in the next few years.
- Dennis Smith Jr: I was very tempted to put this guy in the “B” category, as his potential is through the roof. When I look at Dennis Smith, i see flashes of MVP Derrick Rose. He was the most athletic kid in his draft class, but he has good jump shooting ability as well. He’s gotta cut down on the turnovers a little , but this kid is going to be great, and Dallas picked up a good one when they got him.
- Markelle Fultz: I feel like Markelle Fultz was disrespected as a No. 1 pick. He was taken first overall, but everyone wanted to talk about Lonzo Ball or De’Aaron Fox. Markelle Fultz didn’t get out to a hot start in his NBA career, and his free throw shooting is a concern going forward, as it was in Washington. But he’s probably in the best spot of all rookie point guards because he is not so relied upon. The fact that he can learn the game and not be pressured to win for his team will be a benefit in his NBA career.
- D’Angelo Russell: I know, I know. Snitching on your teammates is not cool at all. However, I don’t believe the Lakers ever gave him a fair shot. It seems that he’s grown for that experience, and we see the talent that D Lo has in Brooklyn. The Nets are smart to build around him, especially that he’s started the season averaging 20 points and 6 assists per game.
- Jrue Holiday: First off, much respect to Jrue Holiday for taking time off last year to realize what’s important in life: his family. I don’t know if he’ll ever get back to the all-star year he had with Philly, but he’s still a very solid point guard. You may see him off the ball when Rondo comes back, but there’s a reason why the Pelicans gave him 126 million reasons to stay in New Orleans.
- Patrick Beverley: The best perimeter defending guard in the NBA. Not saying that he can’t be scored on, but most point guards are gonna have to work to get there. Never has been an elite scorer, but doesn’t need to be. And he’s got heart, which you just can’t coach.
- Reggie Jackson: May be one of the most under appreciated guards in the league. Reggie Jackson has had a fast start this year for the Pistons, proving that he can indeed be the scoring weapon that they need, but also an asset passing the ball. His PER this year is also pretty good as well. Hopefully he can keep it up.
- Jeff Teague: Jeff Teague was probably the most difficult point guard to grade. He’s a guy who can make ridiculously athletic plays, and also a guy that make some blunders as well. Overall, the word I have to use for him is “solid”. He’s consistently a solid point guard, and although he won’t be the focal point of the offense in Minnesota, he will be the glue guy that does what he’s supposed to do.
- Eric Bledsoe: Maybe the move to Milwaukee is what he’ll need for people to realize how talented he is. He was called the mini LeBron for a reason. Bledsoe had the drama in Phoenix, but I wouldn’t have wanted to be there either. A fantastic scorer who can make athletic plays that you average star just can’t do. Biggest concern for me with him: health.
- Goran Dragic: I am not a Goran Dragic fan, and probably never will be. But I can’t deny his greatness. He had a career year last year, averaging 20 points and almost 6 assists per game, a season which looked a lot like the year he won Most Improved Player. He and Hassan Whiteside can be a force down in South Beach. Not to mention he shot the ball really well as well.
- Isaiah Thomas: Not many guys can score the ball better than he can in the league, and to do it at 5’9 makes it all the more impressive. I disagree with Danny Ainge, this injury he currently has doesn’t concern me in the long run. What does is his defensive liability. Isaiah was a candidate to win the MVP award last year for good reason, but don’t count on him to be the guy who stops your favorite point guard.