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The 10 Greatest NBA Point Guards Of The 2000s

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The 10 Greatest NBA Point Guards Of The 2000s

NBA point guard play of the 2000s featured some of the best talents to ever play the position. There were two-way point guards who impacted the game heavily on both sides of the ball. There were bona fide scorers who could take over games at the drop of a hat. There were the true point guards who were the floor generals and driving forces behind successful teams. During the 2000s, the point guard position produced MVPs, Finals MVPs, Hall of Famers, and champions.

Whenever we make a Top 10 list, there are bound to be some omissions. There are a few honorable mentions I would like to give some credit to. Steve Francis was a true do-it-all point guard in the early ’00s with the Magic and Rockets. He was a 3x All-Star and one of the most electric players in the NBA at point guard. The same can be said about Stephon Marbury, who was a pure scorer and elite passer at his position. Speaking of elite passing and showmanship, “White Chocolate” Jason Williams also deserves an honorable mention for his play in the 2000s. The point guard position was truly loaded during this era, and the guys mentioned above prove it.

Honorable mentions aside, here are the Top 10 point guards of the 2000s:


10. Baron Davis

Baron Davis

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

1x NBA Steals Leader

1x All-NBA Third Team

2x All-Star

Baron Davis provided fans with some electrifying poster slams and incredible moments during the 2000s. Davis’s best season came in 2003-2004 when he was named an All-Star for the 2nd time, was the NBA steals leader, and was named to the All-NBA 3rd team. He averaged a career-high 22.9 PPG, 7.5 APG, and 4.3 RPG to go along with his league-leading 2.4 SPG with the Charlotte Hornets. The following season, he would be traded to the Golden State Warriors, with whom his most memorable moments would come.

Who can forget Baron Davis leading the “We Believe” Warriors to a massive first-round upset in 2007 as a No.8 seed over the No.1 seeded Dallas Mavericks? Davis led the Warriors with 25.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 5.7 APG in the 6-game series victory. It is still considered one of the greatest upsets in NBA playoff history. The Warriors would lose in the 2nd round to the Utah Jazz but not before Davis threw down one of the best poster dunks of the decade over Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko. Davis may not have ever been an NBA champion, but his game was unforgettable in the 2000s.


9. Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

1x NBA Champion

1x Steals Leader

1x All-Defensive First Team

1x All-Defensive Second Team

1x All-Star

Rajon Rondo’s impact cannot be measured. Having made his NBA debut in 2007, Rondo’s appearance on this list may come as a surprise considering he only gave 4 years of service in the decade. Those 4 years were some of the best in his career. Rondo was never considered to be a part of the Boston Celtics Big 3 with Garnett, Allen, and Pierce, but he was certainly the engine that made them go. Not only was he the starting point guard for their championship run in 2008, but he elevated the game of every member of that team’s second unit as well. He elevated it to the point they became champions.

In Rondo’s second season in the NBA, he was a key catalyst on a title run for the Celtics. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Rondo scored 15 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds to secure the win for Boston. In Game 2, he led the charge, dishing out 16 assists to help Boston take a 2-0 series lead. In Games 3-5, it was his defensive efforts that led the way for Boston even though they dropped 2 of the 3 games. Game 6 was Rondo’s best performance of the series when he helped Boston claim the NBA championship by going off for 21 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in the win.


8. Deron Williams

Deron Williams

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

2x All-NBA Second Team

1x All-Star

By the time the 2000s were wrapping up, Deron Williams was establishing himself as one of the best offensive point guards in the game. His game was built on his high IQ and selfless play, which made him a fan favorite from the start. He played with a certain swagger that appealed to fans everywhere. From his elite handles, that created a ton of high-percentage opportunities to his ability to drive and find an open teammate for one of their own, Williams became a top 5 point guard in the league. By his 3rd season in 2008, he was thriving under longtime Head Coach Jerry Sloan as the heart and soul of the Utah Jazz.

Williams and Carlos Boozer led a legitimate Jazz team to 4 straight playoff berths from 2007 to 2010. Williams had become a consistent 18.0 PPG and 10.0 APG threat who seemed to take his game to different heights in the playoffs. In 2007, the Jazz made a trip to the Western Conference Finals and Williams averaged 19.2 PPG and 8.6 APG in his first playoff appearance. Things were no different from 2008 to 2010, when he averaged at least 20.0 PPG and 10.0 APG in each postseason. The 2000s were just the beginning for Williams as an elite point guard.


7. Gary Payton

Gary Payton

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades

1x NBA Champion

2x All-Defensive First Team

1x All-NBA Third Team

1x All-NBA 2nd Team

5x All-Star

Even though you can say his best days came in the 1990s, Gary Payton was still one of the best two-way point guards in basketball as the 2000s were ushered in. From the 1999-00 season through the 2002-03 season, Payton was still giving the Seattle SuperSonics, minus 28 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, a minimum of 20.0 PPG and 8.0 APG in each of those 4 seasons. He was named an All-Star in each of those seasons while being an All-NBA Team selection twice as well as a 2x selection to the All-Defensive Team.

The only reason Gary Payton is not higher on this list is that by 2005, he just wasn’t the same Gary Payton anymore. By the end of his career, Payton was finding his way onto any team that could compete for a championship. It was something that had eluded him his entire career up to that point. He fell just short with the Lakers in 2004 and had a pretty disappointing run in 2005 with the Boston Celtics. He finally struck gold when he landed with the Miami Heat in 2006. Payton played a considerable role off the bench for the Heat on their 2006 Finals run, controlling the pace and leading the second unit off of the bench. It culminated in the title that had eluded him for 13 seasons.


6. Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

1x Most Improved Player

1x All-NBA Second Team

2x All-NBA Third Team

3x All-Star

At one point during the 2000s, Gilbert Arenas was one of the most prolific scorers in all of the NBA, let alone the point guard position itself. After beginning his career in Golden State sharing touches with Larry Hughes, Arenas found his home with the Washington Wizards in 2004. In his first season as a Wizard, Arenas averaged 19.6 PPG, which was only a sign of things to come. From 2005 to 2007, he was named a 3-time All-Star. In 2006 he averaged a 29.3 PPG, which was good for 4th in the league behind only LeBron James, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant.

In the 2006 playoffs, Arenas had one of the best performances in a losing effort of the decade against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Arenas averaged 34.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 5.3 APG in a 6-game series loss including 36 points in Game 6 that saw LeBron break their hearts with a buzzer-beater. In a regular-season game in 2007, Arenas did the unthinkable. He walked into the Staples Center in Los Angeles and dropped 60 points on Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers. You know, just in case you needed more convincing on just how good he was.


5. Tony Parker

Tony Parker

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

3x NBA Champion

1x Finals MVP

1x All-NBA Third Team

3x All-Star

Tony Parker was the floor general for one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history and it all began in the 2000s. Parker was a flat-out winner in San Antonio with the team winning 50+ games every season that he was the full-time starter during the decade, culminating in 3 championships. He also made a habit of showing up in big moments in big games, whether as the scorer or playmaker. Despite being beside Tim Duncan for the majority of his career, Parker shined through many times.

No other moment did Parker shine brighter than in the 2007 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Parker averaged 24. 5 PPG and 5.0 RPG in the 4-game sweep en route to being named Finals MVP. This included a 30-point performance in Game 1 and 27 points in Game 2 to set the tone for the rest of the series. He did this all while shooting 56.8% from the field overall and 57.1% from the three-point range. Parker’s overall numbers will not make you jump out of your seat, but his impact and winning mentality just might.


4. Chauncey Billups

Chauncey Billups

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

1x NBA Champion

1x Finals MVP

2x All-NBA Third Team

1x All-NBA Second Team

2x All-Defensive Second Team

5x All-Star

What made Chauncey Billups so special? Well, other than his inclination to deliver in big spots or takeover big games, it was probably his innate ability to command an offense. He demanded respect on the court and carried himself in a way that his teammates wanted to go to war with him every day and night. It was exactly Billups’ style and leadership that was the driving force of the Detroit Pistons’ miraculous 2004 championship run.

In the 2004 playoffs, Billups averaged 16.4 PPG, 5.9 APG, and 1.3 SPG in its entirety. The 2004 Finals against the Lakers was when he made a true name for himself. Pitted against the star-studded Lakers roster that included Shaq, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Gary Payton, Billups stepped up and took control of the series. In the 5-game series win, Billups averaged 21.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.2 APG, and 1.2 SPG while shooting 50.9% from the field. He would be named Finals MVP and earn the Pistons their first title since 1990. Billups went on to have some decent seasons with the Denver Nuggets as well, but none were bigger or better than in 2004 with Detroit.


3. Chris Paul

Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

Rookie Of The Year

2x NBA Steals Leader

2x NBA Assists Leader

1x All-NBA First Team

1x All-NBA Second Team

1x All-Defensive First Team

1x All-Defensive Second Team

3x All-Star

Chris Paul burst onto the NBA scene in 2006 and instantly became one of the best point guards in the entire league. He won Rookie of the Year in 2006, averaging 16.1 PPG, 7.8 APG, and 2.2 SPG showing his ability and impact on both sides of the ball. His 3rd and 4th seasons in the NBA were historic. In 2008, he averaged 21.1 PPG while leading the NBA in assists with11.6 APG and steals with 2.7 SPG. He finished 2nd in MVP voting that year and was selected to All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive Second Team. Believe it or not, he improved on that in 2009.

In 2009, Chris Paul averaged 22.8 PPG while again leading the league in assists with 11.0 APG and steals with 2.8 SPG. Paul gets a lot of grief for his playoff performances, but in 2008 it was anything but his fault. In 12 playoff games that season he averaged 24.1 PPG, 11.3 APG, 2.3 SPG, and even added 4.9 RPG. Of course, Paul went on to enjoy successful runs with the Clippers, Rockets, Thunder, and Suns in his career, but young CP3 in New Orleans was a two-way star to not be forgotten.


2. Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

2x NBA Assists Leader

3x All-NBA First Team

1x All-NBA Second Team

3x All-Defensive First Team

4x All-Defensive Second Team

8x All-Star

Jason Kidd is one of the best point guards to ever play the game and could easily be sitting at the No.1 spot on our list. Before they were a regular occurrence with point guards in the NBA, Jason Kidd was a triple-double machine. He was widely regarded as the best rebounding guard of his era, averaging at least 6.0 RPG every season of the 2000s. He sits 4th on the all-time triple-doubles list with 107. His rebounding, playmaking, and defense were the catalysts for 2 improbable runs to the Finals led by Kidd for the New Jersey Nets.

In the 2002 playoffs, Kidd led the Nets to the Finals averaging 19.6 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 9.1 APG in 20 playoff games. The Nets would lose in 4 games to Shaq, Kobe, and the Lakers. The fact that the Nets were even in the Finals was miraculous in itself, what was even more impressive is they went back again the following year. In 2003, Kidd led them back to the Finals against the Spurs with 20.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, and 8.2 APG. They would lose the series in 6 games. The Nets had no business in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, but without Jason Kidd, they might not even have been a playoffs team.


1. Steve Nash

Steve Nash

2000-01 to 2009-10 Accolades:

2x MVP

4x NBA Assists Leader

3x All-NBA First Team

2x All-NBA Second Team

2x All-NBA 3rd Team

7x All-Star

The all-around best point guard by a slim margin in the 2000s has to be Steve Nash. He was named a 2-time MVP during the 2000s while being named an All-Star 7 times and named to an All-NBA team 7 times as well. Nash orchestrated the most potent offenses of the decade with the Phoenix Suns under Mike D’Antoni’s system. What he was able to accomplish with Phoenix still holds influence over the NBA today as teams try to replicate their success. What made Nash so dangerous on offense was his efficiency. He joined the elusive 50/40/90 club 4 times during the 2000s, making teams have to double him on the perimeter. Being doubled on the perimeter opened up so many chances for Nash and his teammates, evidenced by their league-leading scoring and efficiency.

Nash’s MVP awards from 2005 and 2006 come under major scrutiny from time to time, but they were certainly earned. In 2005 he averaged 15.5 PPG and led the league in assists with 11.5 APG on great efficiency from the field. He led the Suns to 62 victories that year. In 2005 he led the Suns to 54 wins averaging 18.8 PPG and leading the league in assists again with 10.5 APG. When we speak of all-time playmaking, efficiency, and overall leadership, the greatest example is Steve Nash from the 2000s decade.


The 2000s Was An Incredible Time For Point Guards

When looking at the list we have compiled here, it is no secret the immense amount of talent that is present. Again, the list is filled with all-time great scorers, playmakers, passers, defenders, and some of the greatest to ever play the point guard position. For all the attention that other positions like the scoring shooting guards and dominant centers get, teams cannot be successful without a point guard to hold it all together.

The point guard is the conductor, the maestro of an offense, and sometimes the first line of defense as well. The point guard usually evolves into the team’s leader, earning respect by the way they command the team and direct their teammates. Nothing sums up what it means to be a true point guard than the 10 players on the list before you.

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