When it comes to true point guards, the first name to come to mind is Chris Paul. Here’s a guy who went to the Clippers and they end up winning a playoff series. He also placed third in MVP voting, so you can see how valuable of a player he is. He can also lock down on defensive as he’s been right near the top of the league in steals. He helped USA get the Gold this past summer,and should help the Clippers become more of a recognized Los Angeles team this coming season.
I’d view Deron Williams as the face of the Brooklyn Nets, which is huge as they’re moving to a new arena, and want that lull of being the plain old Nets into something more. Deron can help turn that around. He’s another true point guard, who can look for others and get his own points when asked. I remember he torched the Indiana Pacers in a game, so I always give credit where credit is due. He could help Joe Johnson find better avenues to score as the Nets look to make a leap in the Eastern Conference.
Derrick Rose is the type of player who goes out there with nothing left in the tank afterwards. He is so aggressive in the lane, it’s no wonder he ended up injuring himself so much last season and wound up missing the entire playoffs. But that’s the type of play you want from a point guard. I had a hard time deciding if he was a “point guard.” Ultimately, thinking that the way he leads the Chicago Bulls is point guard status.
On any other team, Russell Westbrook is the star player. Right now, he does player number two to Kevin Durant, but can play number one when called upon. Both guys can score. But Westbrook has gotten better in his point guard role. He can look for the other players on the floor, and isn’t afraid to voice his opinion about what’s going on.
Boy did my opinion change on Rondo once I actually sat and watched him play in the playoffs. Going out and playing a full game plus overtime and producing the way he did is saying something. He’s almost like Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade with the way he plays. No caution to the wind and drives down the lane like no one is there. He can find those great passing lanes that sometimes end up as a turnover because the other guy doesn’t realize he’s open there. He’s a vocal guy as well, which earns him a bit of a bad rep. There’s no denying now the Celtics are his team with the age of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
Here’s a guy who had a great season last year after falling off a bit the season before. There’s no doubt what a tremendous player Tony Parker is for the Spurs as evident by his fourth place finish in MVP voting. He’s got his own style of play as well and can get guys to where they’re in great positions to score. He’s got a couple of years left with Tim Duncan, so hopefully they can continue the success they’ve had.