Top NBA point guards for 2021-22: Ranking all 30 starters (2022)

This story has been updated (Oct. 12) to reflect the news that Kyrie Irving will not play or practice for the Nets until he is available full-time and in compliance with local COVID-19 vaccine requirements. As a result, this list of projected starters has been modified since its original publication.

Will there be a changing of the guard in the NBA this season?

The point guard position has been run by the likes of Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and others over the last decade. We're talking about future Hall of Famerswho have not only enjoyedruns of sustained success, but also changed how we view what a point guard can be.

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But the next generation is coming — fast. Luka Doncic, De'Aaron Fox, Ja Morant,Trae Young and more have already put their talent on display early in their careers, and now they are looking to take over the NBA. That's what makes this position group both incredibly intriguing and incredibly difficult to evaluate.

It's also worth mentioning three big names that do NOT appear below: Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray.

For now, Irving is out of the picture in Brooklyn. The Nets determined that Irving cannot play or practice with the team until he's fully available and in compliance with local COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Irving's status could change by the minute, but for now, he is not included in this exercise.

Simmons likewise remains in limbo, albeit for an entirely different reason. Will he actually play for the 76ers? We're taking his word for it that he's played in Philly for the last time. Until that changes, we don't know where or when Simmons suits up. For that reason, he's not included.

Murray's situation is more straightforward. The Nuggets starwill missmost of the season, as he is still recovering from a torn ACL.

Phew. OK... now on to the fun stuff.

NBA point guard rankings 2021-22

Top NBA point guards for 2021-22: Ranking all 30 starters (1)

1. Stephen Curry, Warriors

After playing only five games during a disastrous 2019-20 campaign, Curry returned to form last season, averaging a league-leading 32.0 points per game with 48.2/42.1/91.6 shooting splits (field goals/3-pointers/free throws). With Curry on the floor, the Warriors had an offensive rating of 114.2. When he sat, Golden State's offensive rating dropped down to 101.8. That'sthe difference between a top-10 offense and the worst offense in the NBA.

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His shooting, on-ball creativity and off-ball movementmakelife easier for all of his teammates.Simply put, Curry is one of the most impressive offensive forces in the history of the game.

2. Luka Doncic, Mavericks

Despite being just 22 years old, Doncic is widely consideredthe favorite to win the 2021-22 NBA MVP award. The Slovenian superstarfilled up the stat sheet last season (27.7 points, 8.6 assists and8.0 rebounds per game), but he also managed to improve his shooting numbers in his third season (career-high 47.9 percent from the field and 35.0 percent on 3-pointers).

The next step for Doncic and the Mavericks is making real noise in the playoffs. Doncic has undoubtedly been spectacular in 13 career postseason games, but the Clippers have eliminated the Mavs in back-to-back first-round matchups.

3. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers

You already know what time it is. As Allen Iverson put it, Lillard is a "certified killer."He has consistently been one of the NBA's most dangerous scorers, one capable of hitting shots from anywhere on the floor. He rises to the occasion when the game is on the line, as he led the league in clutch points last seasonwhile shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc in clutch time.

As long as Lillard is in Portland, the Trail Blazers will be worth watching. If they struggle to start the season, though, will Lillard be forced to re-evaluate his future with the only NBA franchise he has ever known?

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4. Trae Young, Hawks

Young made a leap in Year 3, guiding the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals by posting 28.8 points and 9.5 assists in 16 playoff games. The 23-year-old has a crafty floater and finishing package, a quick trigger from the outside and elite court vision. He is the engine of Atlanta's top-10 offense.

The scary part? Young can get much better, particularly on the defensive end. He may never be Gary Payton, but even becoming an average defender will make him a much more complete player.

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5. Chris Paul, Suns

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Of course "The Point God" belongs in this tier. Paul played an instrumental role in Phoenix's unexpected run to the 2021 NBA Finals, averaging 19.2 points and 8.6 assists per game with 49.7/44.6/87.7 shooting splits in the playoffs. Not bad for a guy who was once considered untradeable because of his injury history and massive contract.

Paul's impact goes beyond the numbers, though. His basketball IQ, communication skills and overallleadership are so important for a locker room full of youngsters. It's no surprise that the Suns had re-signing Paul at the top of their offseason priority list.

6. Jrue Holiday, Bucks

That's NBA champion Jrue Holiday to you. The veteran guard was spectacular in his first season with the Bucks as they captured their first title in 50 years. He averaged 17.7 points, 6.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals while shooting a career-high 50.3 percent on field goals and 39.2 percent on 3-pointers during the regular season.

Holiday is not at the same level offensively as some of the other point guards in this group, but he is arguably the best perimeter defender in the NBA. Just ask Paul how much loved being hounded by Holiday.

7. Russell Westbrook, Lakers

Is Westbrook too low here? Possibly. The former NBA MVP averaged a triple-double (again) in his lone season with the Wizards, and he was a big reason why Washington reached the playoffs after a brutal start to the season. You never have to doubt his effort or commitment level.

And yet, Angeleno basketball fans must be at least a little bit worried that Westbrook hasn't learned from his previous failures. He can't be his usual ball-dominant self on a team featuring LeBron James and Anthony Davis. If the Lakers get the same ol' Russ, this experiment won't work.

8.De'Aaron Fox, Kings

Fox jumped up to 25.2 points per game last season, a higher mark than LeBron James (25.0) and Kawhi Leonard (24.8). He was one of the best finishers around the basket, shooting over 76 percenton shots within three feet of the rim. The Kings' speedy floor general also handed out 7.2 assists per game.

The 2021-22 campaign could be a turning point in Fox's development. If he can become a more consistent 3-point shooter (32.6 perecent for his career) and defender, he would significantly raise his ceiling.

9.Kyle Lowry, Heat

The 35-year-old may no longer be at his athletic peak, but Lowrystill does all of the little things to help his team win. He hits open shots off the catch or off the dribble. He pushes the pace and finds open teammates. He is annoyingly awesome at drawing charges.

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Lowry and "Heat Culture." It just makes too much sense.

10. Mike Conley, Jazz

Although Conley just turned 34, he's showing little signs of slowing down. Health concerns aside— he did get banged up towardthe end of the season— the longtime floor general is coming off a season in which he earned his first career All-Star nod and thus shed the moniker of "best player never to make an All-Star team."

If the Jazz are going to similarly shed their"very good regular season team, but wake me up when they actually win something" label, they will need Conley to be humming on all cylinders in April, May and June.

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11. Ja Morant, Grizzlies

12. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder

13. LaMelo Ball, Hornets

14.Malcolm Brogdon, Pacers

15.Fred VanVleet, Raptors

16.Lonzo Ball, Bulls

17.D'Angelo Russell, Timberwolves

18. Kemba Walker, Knicks

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19.Spencer Dinwiddie, Wizards

20. Dejounte Murray

  • Morant and Gilgeous-Alexander are rising in a hurry, but they aren't quite ready to bump Conley down.
  • LaMelo Ball's terrific rookie campaign was cut short because of a wrist injury. Can he pick up right where he left off, or will he experience a slight sophomore slump? It seems safe to say he will continue to improve, but progression is not always linear.
  • Speaking of"Big Ballers," how will Lonzo Ball adjust to playing for his third team in five seasons? Therefined shooting stroke he displayed in New Orleans should allow him to be an off-ball threat when DeMar DeRozan or Zach LaVine is running things.
  • Russell, Walker and Dinwiddie all come into the 2021-22 season as "something to prove" guys. Walker in particular could be a difference maker for a Knicks offense that sputtered in the playoffs.

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21. Patty Mills, Nets

22. Reggie Jackson, Clippers

23. Dennis Schroder, Celtics

24. Darius Garland, Cavaliers

25. Monte Morris, Nuggets

26. Devonte' Graham, Pelicans

27. Jalen Suggs, Magic

28. Kevin Porter Jr., Rockets

29. Tyrese Maxey, 76ers

30. Killian Hayes, Pistons

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  • How good does that Mills signing look now? Already one of the best deals of the offseason, there's a case to be made thatIrving'suncertain futuremakes Mills the single most importantsigning of the summer. Assuming he slots into the starting lineup, Mills offers championship pedigree and can even tap into ascore-first mentality that's made him a superstar with the Australia national team.
  • Jackson's explosion with the Clippers was one of the best stories of the playoffs. Can he maintain that level of production over a full season?
  • It slid under the national radar because, well, he's on the Cavs, but Garland averaged 17.4 points and 6.1 assists per game while shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range. Don't sleep on him.
  • Suggs figures to be a major part of the Rookie of the Year discussion. The Magic won't be very good, but there will be some entertaining Suggs highlights.
  • Hayes is the Pistons' point guard on the depth chart, but Cade Cunningham will obviously be a huge part of the offense. Is the Hayes-Cunningham combination something that can work long-term?

FAQs

Who is the best point guard in NBA 2022? ›

Curry Stephen Curry

Who's the best point guard of all time? ›

Almost every list made in the past 30 years has anointed Magic Johnson as the greatest point guard ever; that title is in jeopardy.

Who's the best SG in NBA? ›

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  6. Desmond Bane (Memphis) ...
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  8. Jalen Green (Houston)
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Who is the #1 point guard? ›

NBA point guard rankings 2022: Warriors' Stephen Curry stays on top; Grizzlies' Ja Morant rises up list | Sporting News.

Who wore number 1 in the NBA? ›

Numero Uno. This is a number that has been dominated by guards, the most notable being Hall of Famer and all-time great, Oscar Robertson. It has also produced some dominating playmakers in Tracy McGrady, Penny Hardaway and the current incumbent of No. 1, the NBA MVP Derrick Rose.

Who has the best handles in the NBA right now? ›

The player with the highest Ball Handle Attribute Rating among current players on NBA 2K22 is Kyrie Irving. He is followed by Stephen Curry in second place, while James Harden is third.

Who is the best shooter in the NBA right now? ›

1. James Harden, Brooklyn Nets. At the top of the list is James Harden, a shooting guard in a league of his own when considering statistical comparisons. Harden is ahead of his peers in just about every category, including player efficiency rating and value over replacement player.

Who is the best center? ›

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  • George Mikan.
  • David "The Admiral" Robinson.
  • Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Moses Malone.
  • Bill Russell.
  • Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon.
  • Wilt Chamberlain, "The Big Dipper"
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Who is the best dunker in the world? ›

1. Vince Carter. There's no doubt that Vince Carter is the greatest dunker of all time. Whether in-game or in a slam dunk contest, Vinsanity made his dunks look so effortless.

Is Stephen Curry the best point guard ever? ›

Warriors' Stephen Curry has solidified himself as greatest point guard of all time, says Andre Iguodala. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry solidified his legacy years ago. He was an all-time great well before the 2022 Finals began and he would have remained one regardless of the outcome.

What rank is Stephen Curry? ›

Steph Curry is No. 10 on Nick Wright's Top 50 Players of the Last 50 Years. Curry revolutionized the game of basketball with his unbelievable 3-point shooting.

What is the highest 2k rating? ›

#PlayerOVR
1.Giannis Antetokounmpo PF / C | 6'11" | MIL97
2.LeBron James SF / PG | 6'9" | LAL96
3.Kevin Durant PF / SF | 6'10" | BKN96
4.Joel Embiid C | 7'0" | PHI96
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Where does Gary Payton rank all time? ›

He sits 35th all time in scoring, 10th in assists and fifth in steals — he's the only player in NBA history to rank that high in all three categories.

Who was the best 3 point shooter? ›

It is true to say that Stephen Curry is the best 3 point shooter of all time. There is no denying that Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter of all time. As of now, this great player holds the record for most 3-point conversions in a season with 402.

Who is the best SG? ›

Top 10 best shooting guards in NBA history
  1. Michael Jordan. PTS. REB. AST. STL. 30.1. 6.2.
  2. Kobe Bryant. PTS. REB. AST. STL. 25.0. ...
  3. Dwyane Wade. PTS. REB. AST. STL. 22.0. ...
  4. James Harden. PTS. REB. AST. STL. 25.0. ...
  5. Jerry West. PTS. REB. AST. STL. 27.0. ...
  6. George Gervin. PTS. REB. AST. STL. 25.1. ...
  7. Clyde Drexler. PTS. REB. AST. STL. 20.4. ...
  8. Reggie Miller. PTS. REB. AST. STL. 18.2. ...
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What is the lowest score in NBA history? ›

In the lowest scoring game of all time, the Fort Wayne Pistons beat the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18 that day. Unfortunately, I don't have any data on field goal attempts or pace of play, so I can't tell you why exactly this happened.

What is the most popular number in the NBA? ›

Speaking of some of the most worn jersey numbers #12, #11, and #5 are on top of the pile. 409 players have worn #12, followed by 373 players who donned #11, and at third place is #5, which has been worn by 348 players. Thinking of the most iconic number, it has to be #23.

Who is the best point guard in the NBA 2021? ›

Trae Young

Is Steph Curry the best point guard? ›

Warriors' Stephen Curry has solidified himself as greatest point guard of all time, says Andre Iguodala. Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry solidified his legacy years ago. He was an all-time great well before the 2022 Finals began and he would have remained one regardless of the outcome.

Who is a true point guard? ›

A true point guard's job is to create scoring opportunities for his team. The role includes passing and running the offense: setting up plays on the court, getting the ball to the teammate that he feels is in the best position to score, and dictating the tempo of the game.

Who was the best 3 point shooter? ›

It is true to say that Stephen Curry is the best 3 point shooter of all time. There is no denying that Stephen Curry is the greatest shooter of all time. As of now, this great player holds the record for most 3-point conversions in a season with 402.

Who has the best handles in the NBA right now? ›

The player with the highest Ball Handle Attribute Rating among current players on NBA 2K22 is Kyrie Irving. He is followed by Stephen Curry in second place, while James Harden is third.

Who is the best shooter in the NBA right now? ›

1. James Harden, Brooklyn Nets. At the top of the list is James Harden, a shooting guard in a league of his own when considering statistical comparisons. Harden is ahead of his peers in just about every category, including player efficiency rating and value over replacement player.

Who is the best center ever? ›

The Top 10 NBA Centers of All Time
  • KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR.
  • BILL RUSSELL.
  • WILT CHAMBERLAIN.
  • SHAQUILLE O'NEAL.
  • HAKEEM OLAJUWON.
  • GEORGE MIKAN.
  • MOSES MALONE.
  • DAVID ROBINSON.

Where does Stephen Curry rank all time? ›

RankPlayerAll-Star
8.Tim Duncan15
9.Shaquille O'Neal15
10.Kobe Bryant18
11.Stephen Curry8
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Is Magic Johnson the best point guard ever? ›

Was there really much question? Magic is not only the greatest point guard of all-time, but you could argue that he's the second greatest player of all-time (I have him third). Magic is the only player in NBA history who could vacillate between all five positions and still be an elite player.

What is a point God? ›

THIS IS WHY Chris Paul Is Called The “Point God” - YouTube

Can Derrick Rose play shooting guard? ›

The Wolves' Derrick Rose is learning to adjust his game from being a point guard to being a shooting guard, sharing the backcourt with Jeff Teague.

Is Steph Curry a true point guard? ›

Curry is not a traditional point guard. But he has revolutionized the NBA and changed the way the game is played. Whether or not he fits the definition of a point guard, there is no denying that Curry is one of the best players to ever take the court.

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