“People know who I am, but that’s not why I play. I play the game to prove to everybody amongst my peers that I’m the best. That I’m the best. Hands down. No speculation. ‘Oh, he may be top three, top five, top 10.’ No, I’m the best.”
That is what Rajon Rondo told the Boston Globe today. Is he truly the best point guard in the league? Find out in my point guard rankings.
5. Steve Nash
Who could forget about Steve Nash? Nash drops down this year, as he is aging. But to the Canadian point guard, age is just a number. Nash is still on a mission to a championship, and his production could slip a bit without his trusty big man in Amare Stoudemire. But he still has the tools, as the Suns recently acquired Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress to help out. Nash fits well at this spot.
4. Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo is not the top point guard, at least not yet. Rondo is almost there. Last season, people would put him at seven or something like that. But Rondo is in for a big year, and will easily be an All-Star. With Shaq now in and the trusty Big Three, the Celtics and Rondo will roll again. Rondo needs to work on his jumper, which has been quite a problem for his career. If he can work on that more, he can be number one very soon.
3. Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose has all the tools he needs. With Carlos Boozer here now, the Bulls can really rock. I have the Bulls finishing as the second best team in the Eastern Conference. They have too much talent. Rose can get a lot of assists this year, with Boozer, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and Ronnie Brewer here. He is the leader of the team, so he will be getting his points as well. He’s going to roll this year.
2. Deron Williams
Deron Williams falls here at number two. Williams has showed that he is always in top three every season. With new guys in, like Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward, Williams is in for another good season. His production in points will rise much higher with Carlos Boozer now gone. But I still think Williams can have a great season even without his big man. And besides, he now has Jefferson and also has Mehmet Okur returning.
1. Chris Paul
Many would be surprised by this, but the New Orleans Hornets are going to be a surprise team. Chris Paul is going to do everything he can to help the Hornets go to the NBA Finals. Paul is now back from injury and is going to be better than ever. He has his guys, along with Trevor Ariza. There is also David West. Paul is going to be just fine this year. Watch out!