The NBA bubble in Orlando won’t have all the superstars we’re used to seeing at this point of the season but still, most of the best players in the world will be in attendance trying to lead their teams to an NBA Championship.
But none of their teams is going to go far without a top-tier point guard leading the way, a guy that’s able to pull the strings of their offense and then anchor their backcourt defense. Every team needs a floor general, especially in the playoffs.
Luckily for them, the Orlando bubble will feature some of the best point guards to ever live. That’s why today, we’re going to break them down according to their traits. Sit down and enjoy while we walk you through the best point guards in Orlando by category:
Player: Damian Lillard
It took him a while but Damian Lillard is finally getting the respect and recognition he deserves. He constantly felt like he was being snubbed and overlooked because of his small-market team but now most people have something great to say about him. Now, he’ll have to silence the rest of his critics by taking his Blazers to the playoffs.
Lillard is averaging 28.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 3.9 three-pointers, and 1.0 steals per game on 45/39/88 shooting while playing an NBA-high 36.9 minutes a night. The best part is that he’s just 29 years old and is just reaching his prime. The best is yet to come for Dame D.O.L.L.A.
Scoring: Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard continues to make great strides in the NBA as a scorer. The Portland Trail Blazers need him to lead the way if they want to have a shot at making the playoffs, so he better keeps the momentum going after averaging a career-high 28.9 points per game this season.
Lillard came back stronger and savvier this season. He’s got a much quicker trigger now and gets to his sweet spots with great ease. He’s not your average pass-first kind of point guard but he’s got countless ways to hurt you. He can play on and off the ball, cut baseline, has a deadly midrange game, and can even knock down shots from the logo.
Rebounding: Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons is one of the best rebounding non-big men in the league. He’s a cheat code as a 6’10” point guard so there’s no wonder why he’s averaging 7.8 rebounds per game this season (8.3 per his career). He’s also grabbing 2.0 offensive rebounds per game.
Simmons’ length gives him a huge advantage over most of his rivals. He knows how to make the most of his long frame, wingspan, and athleticism as a rebounder and a defender as well. That’s just one of the many things that made him such an elite prospect.
Playmaking: Chris Paul
Chris Paul is not only the best playmaker in Orlando but also one of the greatest playmakers to ever set foot on an NBA hardwood. There’s a reason why they call him the Point God and that’s precisely his ability to find space, create for others and make everybody around him better.
Paul is the ultimate playmaker. He’ll get you the ball where you want it when you want it. He’s got a P.Hd on reading opposing defenses and breaking down plays in real-time like few other players in the history of the game. We couldn’t think of many better players we’d want running our offense.
Shooting: Damian Lillard
Logo Lillard is now a thing. He’s put a lot of work on his touch from beyond the arc and we’ve seen him knock down 40-footers as if they were corner threes. He’s always been a great three-point shooter but he’s taken it up a notch this season for sure.
Lillard is currently shooting a career-high 39.4% from three-point land, knocking down 3.9 three-pointers on 9.9 attempts per game. He’s shooting 45.7% from the floor, 51.8% from inside the paint, and 88.8% from the free-throw line. He’s also posting a career-high true shooting percentage of 61.9%.
Defense: Chris Paul
Chris Paul is a bit undersized if compared to other NBA point guards but make no mistake, he’s the toughest player you’ll find on the floor. He won’t hesitate to get physical and has some of the quickest pair of hands the league has ever seen. He’ll get the job done on both ends of the floor.
Paul is a pesky veteran that can hound you from baseline to baseline. Once he sets his mind on playing lockdown defense, there’s just no stopping him. He’ll go between screens, scratch you, get scratched, take charges. He doesn’t mind taking a beating if that means he’ll also beat you.
Clutch: Damian Lillard
This one is pretty self-explanatory now. I mean, there’s a reason why they call clutch time Lillard time in RIP City. Ever since he made it to the league in 2012, Lillard has had a great feel for knocking down last-second shots to send games to overtime, get a win, or even put an end to his rival’s seasons with series-clinching three-pointers.
Lillard has ice on his veins when it comes to the clutch. He’s a cold-blooded assassin that will spare no victims when the game is on the line. To put it in context, there have only been 5 buzzer-beating series-clinching shots in the playoffs and Lillard already has 2 of them.
Efficiency: Chris Paul
Chris Paul has never been known for being a top-tier scorer but he can turn into a gunner if needed. Moreover, he’s not the kind of player that needs to take a lot of shots to make an impact as a scorer. He knows how to get to his spots and will get you buckets.
Paul is currently shooting 48.9% from the floor, 36.2% from three, 55.7% from inside the paint, and 90.0% from the free-throw line. He’s also posted a PER of 21.7 with a 60.9% true shooting percentage. He’s averaging 17.7 points in just 12.8 shots a night.
Leadership: Chris Paul
Chris Paul is the ultimate floor general. His haters may argue that he can be a dirty player and bad teammate at times but his determination to win will make you do whatever it takes to get the job done. He’s embraced his leadership role this season and completely turned a franchise around.
The Oklahoma City Thunder was supposed to rebuild with Paul mentoring young players. He was even involved in trade rumors as they weren’t going to contend for a playoff spot. Now, they have the 5th-best record in the league thanks to Paul’s leadership.
Handles: Chris Paul
With no Kyrie Irving and no Stephen Curry in the Orlando bubble, the best handles in the league award have to go to Chris Paul. He’s been showcasing his moves since he made it to the league in 2005 and has shown no signs of slowing down this season.
Even though he’s already 34 years old, Chris Paul can turn the corner in the blink of an eye. He changes direction so quickly and his hesitation and crossover are still deadly. He’s as crafty as they come as a ball-handler and can still school younger players.
Athletic: Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook is the most athletic point guard in the league by miles. In fact, he has a strong case for being the most athletic player in the world overall. He’s the fastest player in the NBA, he’s stronger than most point guards, and his ability to take off from the free-throw line is only topped by his determination to win.
Westbrook is a gifted athlete. He can find gaps and spaces where other players just couldn’t. He’ll find between screens and has a huge vertical to posterize even the most intimidating rim protectors in the world. He’s a one-man fastbreak once he grabs a defensive rebound and once he takes off at full steam, you better get out of his way.
Rookie: Ja Morant
Ja Morant is the real deal. He’s the kind of player that can lead a franchise to success in no time. The guy looked NBA-ready from day one and has flourished offensively as both a scorer and a creator. His ability to start and finish plays is impressive for a rookie and his determination and winning character make him stand out from most young players.
Thanks to his court-vision, mindset, and freakish athleticism, Morant is the main reason why the Memphis Grizzlies are still in playoff contention despite being amid a rebuilding process. He’s a lock to win the Rookie of the Year award and is just a matter of time before he’s among the best point guards in the league.