Having a top-notch point guard should be among all team’s main priorities, as you need a talented and smart playmaker if you want to have any sort of chance to compete in the greatest league in the world.
The point guard market is always kind of short, with several teams going at it to try and lure the best playmakers in the world while just a handful of franchises can brag about owning the rights of an All-Star point guard.
With names like Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, John Wall and Russell Westbrook already out of the free agent picture, there are still a lot of great ball handlers that could be on the move this summer, so let’s take a look at the top 10 available point guards and where the could end up signing.
10. Dante Exum
Dante Exum’s career hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts due to constant injuries that have kept him on the shelf for a very long time, completely stalling his development after he was one of the most exciting prospects in the league.
Still, the Utah Jazz is ready to commit with him and extend his stay for the future, as he’s shown great strides in the defensive end of the floor, not to mention his underrated playmaking ability, although his overall offensive game still needs to improve.
9. Shabazz Napier
Napier entered the league with a lot of praise following LeBron James’ comments about him being the best point guard of his class, but the former UCONN player hasn’t been able to establish himself as a consistent player.
Nonetheless, he proved that he could be a reliable playmaker off the bench with the Blazers this season, so maybe he could join a young Sacramento Kings squad to backup De’Aaron Fox for a couple of years.
8. Fred VanVleet
Fred VanVleet was one of the main responsible why the Toronto Raptors were capable of holding on and even increasing leads with the starters resting and successfully stepped up when Kyle Lowry was sidelined with an injury.
The young baller was one of the frontrunners to win the Sixth Man of the Year award this season, so the Toronto Raptors are going to be wise and just resign him, especially with an aging and struggling Kyle Lowry.
7. Elfrid Payton
Elfrid Payton was surprisingly dealt to the Phoenix Suns the prior campaign and even though he did a pretty decent job, it’s still unclear whether the team truly sees him as his point guard for the future.
Payton is an underrated defender and one of the best passers in the league, but his lack of improvement and nonexistent jump shot have really hurt his development. Still, he’d be a great fit under Erik Spoelstra as the Miami Heat’s point guard, letting Goran Dragic playoff ball.
6. Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose would love the chance to play for a contender, but he’s unlikely to get any kind of serious offers from teams with a true shot at the Championship, considering his reported lack of commitment and long history with injuries.
So, it seems like Tom Thibodeau is going to be the only guy willing to actually trust him with a 1 or 2-year contract, so he’s pretty much a lock to stay put with the Minnesota Timberwolves unless he decides to retire.
5. Tony Parker
Tony Parker has already stated that he’s open to leaving the San Antonio Spurs following Gregg Popovich’s decision to demote him to a substitute role and hand the keys of the car to Dejounte Murray.
So, with the Los Angeles Lakers ready to create a super team and Parker keen to win another Championship, he could just end up signing with the Lakers to back up Lonzo Ball and lead the second unit.
4. Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart has stated that he’s a bit offended by the Celtics reported offer and that he’s worth way more than the 12 million the team could offer him, but truth to be told, that’s probably as high as it’s going to get for him.
Smart has thrived under Brad Stevens system and his ability to guard 1 through 5 will definitely come handy for any other team, but we just don’t see him leaving the Boston Celtics, at least for the time being.
3. Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo had a terrific season with the New Orleans Pelicans and even peaked during the playoffs as he’s always done, so there’s no reason to think the team wouldn’t like to see him extend his stay.
Also, Jrue Holiday thrived the most playing off the ball rather than being the team’s primary ball handler, and it seems like the two of them developed a great rapport playing together, not to mention the fact that everybody would love to have the chance to play next to Anthony Davis.
2. Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas is set to prove his worth once again, following a terrible season that’s definitely going to cost him a lot of money and the opportunity of signing a max deal anywhere after his back injury.
Still, we see him working as the San Antonio Spurs’ new Patty Mills, and he’d gladly embrace a substitute role to play under Gregg Popovich, especially with no other team willing to take a gamble on him.
1. Chris Paul
Chris Paul is set to extend his stay with the Houston Rockets, with the team reportedly ready to offer him a max deal despite his age and his proneness to get hurt, even if that hurts their chances of landing another top-tier free agent.
Paul was outstanding this prior campaign when he was able to suit up and play for the Rockets, and he was just one game shy of making it to his first ever NBA Finals, so coming back is an easy choice for him.