The point guard position has produced some of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball. Usually seen as the floor general and the ones who control the pace of the game, point guards, are vital to any team’s success. One can not recite the history of the game without bringing up the great point guards and what they accomplished throughout. There are currently 30 point guards in the Hall Of Fame for their contributions to the game, and there have been 10 MVP trophies awarded to the position. There have been just 7 point guards to win an NBA Finals MVP trophy and only 3 to have ever won both regular-season and Finals MVP.
The players you will see on our list today are the best to ever play the point guard position for a respective franchise. These players have either led their teams to the greatest successes they have ever had or accomplished their greatest feats while sporting a certain team’s uniform. Today’s list is full of legends who have paved the way and some newer names that are well on their way to their own Hall Of Fame careers.
Without wasting any more time, here are the greatest point guards from every team in NBA history:
Rule: To be considered for this list, the player must have played at least 2 seasons with their respective team
Atlanta Hawks - Trae Young
Career Stats (with Hawks): 25.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 9.1 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Hawks): 2x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Team Selection
With just 4 seasons completed in his young career, Trae Young has already solidified himself as the best point guard in Hawks history. He has become an elite offensive weapon in the NBA with his unlimited shooting range and high IQ playmaking skills. Every year he seems to improve and sharpen his offensive skills. In 2022, he became just the second player in NBA history to lead the league in both total points and total assists, the other being Tiny Archibald in 1973.
Since his rookie season, in which he averaged 19.1 PPG and 8.1 APG, Trae Young has never looked back. He has catapulted himself into a Top 5 point guard conversation and a pure offensive threat with at least 25.0 PPG and 9.0 APG since the 2019 season. In just his 3rd season in the NBA, Young led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals behind 28.8 PPG and 9.5 APG in 16 playoff games. No other Hawks point guard can lay claim to these kinds of numbers and results at all, let alone so early in their career.
Boston Celtics - Bob Cousy
Career Stats (with Celtics): 18.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 7.5 APG
Achievements and Awards (with Celtics): 6x NBA Champion, 1x MVP, 13x All-Star, 12x All-NBA Team Selection, 8x Assists Leader
The Boston Celtics are one of the most storied franchises in NBA history, and a big reason for that is Bob Cousy. Cousy played 13 seasons with the Celtics and was an All-Star for every single one of them. He won the league MVP award in 1957, averaging 20.6 PPG, 4.8 RPG, and 7.5 APG. No other Celtics point guard has won a league MVP since. Cousy was considered ahead of his time with his speed, handles, and passing despite limited rules on how to handle the ball.
He led the NBA in assists an incredible 8 times while also leading the playoffs in assists 8 times en route to 6 championships in Boston. He ranks 1st all-time for the Celtics in total assists with 6,945 and 2nd in APG with 7.6. Incredibly, he also ranks 6th all-time for the franchise in points, ahead of greats like Bill Russell and Sam Jones. Cousy may have played over 50 years ago, but he is still far and away the best point guard Beantown has ever seen.
Brooklyn Nets - Jason Kidd
Career Stats (with Nets): 14.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 9.1 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Nets): 4x All-Star, 2x All-NBA Team Selection, 6x All-Defensive Team Selection, 2x Assists Leader
Jason Kidd played for 4 different teams in his career, but his best days were spent with the New Jersey Nets. It is arguably both his offensive and defensive peak as he reached career-scoring highs along with the best perimeter defense in the NBA. Kidd’s first two seasons with the team were historic. In 2002 and 2003, he led them to the only 2 Conference titles in franchise history. Kidd finished second to Tim Duncan in the 2002 MVP race averaging 14.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 9.9 APG, and 2.1 SPG.
Kidd’s game was not built just for the regular season. In his first season with the team in 2022, Kidd averaged 19.6 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 9.1 APG. He led a group of Kerry Kittles, Kenyon Martin, and Richard Jefferson to the NBA Finals, where they would be overpowered by the Lakers. In 2003, they went back to the Finals with similar numbers and leadership from Kidd. He averaged 20.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, and 8.2 APG, but again the Nets found themselves overpowered, this time by a young Tim Duncan and the Spurs. Kidd’s six-year stretch with the Nets was the best of his career and easily makes him the best Nets point guard in history.
Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker
Career Stats (with Charlotte): 19.8 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Charlotte): 3x All-Star, 1x All-NBVA Team Selection
Not only does Kemba Walker take the title of greatest point guard in Hornets history, but he may also just be their best player, period. Walker owns a wider array of franchise records, including points, minutes played, 3-point field goals made, free throws, and win-shares. There was a point in time not long ago when Walker was considered a Top 5 point guard in the NBA. Aside from his rookie season, Walkers had no problem going out there and giving the Hornets at least 17.0 PPG and 5.0 APG every single night.
He crossed the 20.0 PPG threshold in a season 5 straight seasons leading up to his peak in 2019. In his final season as a Hornet, Walker was named to the All-NBA Third Team for the only time in his career. He averaged a career-high 25.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 5.9 APG, also a career-high. There is a budding star currently with the Hornets that could be Walker’s biggest challenge for the best point guard in franchise history, but for now, Kemba Walker takes the No.1 spot.
Chicago Bulls - Derrick Rose
Career Stats (with Bulls): 19.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.2 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Awards and Achievements (with Bulls): 1x MVP, 1x Rookie Of The Year, 3x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Team Selection
We all know that the story of Derrick Rose is one of the highest highs and lowest lows for basketball fans. Rather than focusing on what could have been, what he accomplished should still be celebrated. From the moment he stepped on the floor for the Bulls, Rose was bound to be one of the very best in the league, and he was. With his high-flying athleticism, explosive bounce, and lightning-fast speed, Rose started to dominate the league at a historically young age.
In 2011, just his 3rd season in the NBA, Rose became the youngest MVP in league history while leading the Bulls to the best overall record. He had the Chicago Bulls looking the best they did since the Michael Jordan era, and Chicago embraced him as their native son. Rose became just the 3rd Bull in history to average 25.0 PPG or better in 2011 and one of only two to do that and average 7.0 APG or better as well. Even though it happened in the blink of an eye, Rose’s stretch with the Bulls is the best from a point guard Chicago has ever seen.
Cleveland Cavaliers - Kyrie Irving
Career Stats (with Cavaliers): 21.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Cavaliers): 1x NBA Champion, 1x Rookie Of The Year, 4x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 1x All-NBA Team Selection
Kyrie Irving is one of the most polarizing personalities in the NBA that we have ever seen. You either love him, or you tolerate him. The fact that he has become underappreciated for his efforts with the Cleveland Cavaliers is a flat-out crime, though. Kyrie averaged at least 20.0 PPG or better 4 times in 7 seasons with Cleveland while dazzling audiences with his circus-like handles and crafty layup package. His biggest contribution to Cavaliers history and what makes him the best point guard in team history is what he accomplished in 2016.
LeBron James gets most of the credit for the 2016 NBA championship run, but what Irving did cannot be ignored. In 21 playoff games, he averaged 25.2 PPG and 4.7 APG, but it is his Finals performance that outshined everything. In 7 Finals games, Irving put up 27.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 3.9 APG to help the Cavaliers erase a 3-1 deficit in the series over the Warriors. This included 2 30-point performances and 41 points in Game 5 to spark the comeback. No other Cavaliers' point guard has come close to accomplishing what Irving did in Cleveland.
Dallas Mavericks - Luka Doncic
Career Stats (with Mavericks): 26.4 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 8.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Mavericks): 1x Rookie Of The Year, 3x All-Star, 3x All-NBA Team Selection
The Luka Doncic pick for the best point guard in Mavericks history may be a controversial one with how many great point guards have come through Dallas. If you have watched Doncic play even a little bit of his first 4 seasons in the NBA, then you know it is the right choice. Doncic became the fastest player in Mavericks history to reach 5,000 points and broke Jason Kidd’s franchise triple-doubles mark just days after turning 21. Doncic did it in 380 fewer games than Kidd.
He proves to be more and more special with every passing season. Doncic’s numbers and big moments explode in the postseason. In his first postseason ever, Doncic averaged 31.0 PPG and followed it up in 2021 with 35.7 PPG over 7 games against the Clippers. In 2022, Doncic’s playoff performances peaked when he averaged 31.7 PPG, 9.8 RPG, and 6.4 APG while leading the Mavericks to their first Conference Finals in over a decade. It is only a matter of time before we are ranking Luka among the all-time greats of the sport.
Denver Nuggets - Fat Lever
Career Stats (with Nuggets): 17.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 7.5 APG, 2.5 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Nuggets): 2x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Team Selection, 1x All-Defensive Team Selection
Fat Lever is one of the more underappreciated players throughout NBA history. Lever was a true triple threat as a point guard. He could score, rebound, and pass with the best in the league and was a defensive menace on the perimeter to boot. From 1986 through 1989, Lever averaged at least 18.0 PPG in four straight seasons and at least 7.5 APG in 5 out of 6 seasons in Denver. As for rebounding, Lever was among the best in the league and not just at his position. Lever has 3 seasons recorded in the Top 20 for total rebounds and RPG, which was, at the time, unheard of for a pint guard.
Lever was named to the All-NBA team just once in his career, and coincidentally it wasn’t in one of his 2 All-Star Seasons. In 1987, Lever averaged 18.9 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 8.0 APG, and 2.5 SPG, which sparked his four consecutive seasons with the same or similar numbers. Lever gets overlooked by the fact that Alex English played alongside him, and he was one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA at the time. However, Lever’s contributions in my book put him in the No.1 spot for Denver Nuggets point guards.
Detroit Pistons - Isiah Thomas
Career Stats (with Pistons): 19.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 9.3 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Awards and Achievements (with Pistons): 2x NBA Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 1x Rookie Of The Year, 12x All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, 5x All-NBA Team Selection
Isiah Thomas’s career with the Detroit Pistons is one of the most decorated careers for a player who spent its entirety with one team. Thomas was the engine that made the “Bad Boy” Pistons of the 80s and 90s go. It was Thomas’s energy and heart that propelled Detroit to back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990 while making them one of the most feared teams in NBA history. Right in the middle of it was 6’1 Isiah Thomas, and his team fed off of it.
Aside from his scoring and leadership, Thomas was also quietly one of the best passers in the NBA, leading the league once in APG in 1985. Thomas averaged 8.0 APG 9 times in his 13-year career. Thomas’s best performance for the Pistons came in the 1990 NBA Finals. Going for their second straight title, Thomas led the Pistons to a 5-game series win. He averaged 27.6 PPG, 5.2 RPG, and 7.0 APG en route to taking home Finals MVP. Many greats have run the point position in Detroit, but none did it better and with more passion than Isiah Thomas.
Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry
Career Stats (with Warriors): 24.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.5 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Warriors): 4x NBA Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 8x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 8x All-NBA Team Selection
Stephen Curry is easily the greatest point guard and overall player to ever play for the Golden State Warriors. He single-handedly changed the game of basketball while becoming the greatest shooter of all time and arguably a top 2 point guard in history. Since becoming an All-Star for the first time back in 2014, Curry has never looked back as one of the very best to ever do it.
Curry won himself back-to-back MVP awards in 2015 and 2016, becoming the 1st unanimous MVP in history in 2016. That season he simultaneously led the league in scoring with 30.1 PPG and steals with 2.1 SPG. The scoring title was the first of two in his career as he averaged 32.0 PPG in 2021. Curry has led the Warriors to 4 championships in 8 years culminating in his 1st Finals MVP in 2022. He averaged 31.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG, and 5.0 APG on 43.7% shooting from three to win the award in a 6-game series win over the Celtics. Curry’s impact on the Warriors and the league itself is nearly immeasurable.
Houston Rockets - Calvin Murphy
Career Stats (with Rockets): 17.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Rockets): 1x All-Star
Calvin Murphy played the entirety of his NBA career with the Houston Rockets from 1971 to 1983. Standing at just 5’9, Murphy was a tremendous all-around talent. He was quick, had great instincts on both ends, and had a knack for putting relentless pressure on his man on defense. Murphy also had great bounce for someone his size and the ability to shoot the ball at a high clip. He led the league in free throw percentage twice and finished Top 5 eight other times. He ranked third in NBA history in consecutive free throws made and 1st for the highest percentage in a season with 95.8%.
Calvin Murphy ranks among the other greats in Rockets history in multiple categories. He ranks 3rd in total points scored behind only James Harden and Hakeem Olajuwon. He also ranks 2nd behind Harden in total assists for the franchise. His best scoring season came in 1978, when he averaged 25.6 PPG and 3.4 APG. His PPG ranked 5th in the league. His longevity with the franchise and the numbers he put up support Murphy’s selection for the top point guard in Rockets history.
Indiana Pacers - Mark Jackson
Career Stats (with Pacers): 8.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 8.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Pacers): 1x Assists Leader
Mark Jackson is the only point guard to be at the helm of a Pacers team that reached the NBA Finals. Despite being past his offensive peak like we saw with the Knicks, Jackson was still able to find himself as a key contributor to an annual contender. Jackson ranks 3rd all-time in Indiana history with 3,294 assists behind only Reggie Miller and Vern Fleming. He also ranks 11th for the franchise in steals.
On the 2000 NBA Finals run, Jackson averaged 8.1 PPG and 7.7 APG while starting in all 23 games for the Pacers. He scored 18 points in Game 1 of the Finals, but the Pacers fell to the LA Lakers in 6 games. It can be said that without Jackson alongside Reggie Miller, the Pacers could not have been the contender they were in the late 90s and early 2000s.
Los Angeles Clippers - Chris Paul
Career Stats (with Clippers): 18.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 9.8 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Awards and Achievements (with Clippers): 5x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 5x All-NBA Team Selection, 6x All-Defensive Team Selection, 2x Assists Leader
Not only is Chris Paul considered one of the best point guards in history, but this will not be the only time you see him on our list. Combined with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Paul made the Clippers one of the most exciting teams to watch during the 2010s. Chris Paul is the all-time assists leader in Clippers history with 4,094 assist in 6 seasons. He also ranks 2nd in steals.
During his time with the team, Paul led the NBA in assists twice and steals 4 times. This includes 2014, when he led the team in both with 10.7 APG and 2.5 SPG. In his 6 years with the team, Paul averaged at least 19.0 PPG, 9.0 APG, and 2.0 SPG 4 times. He established himself as the best two-way point guard in the entire NBA while leading his team to the playoffs every single year. It may have never ended in a championship, but there is no doubting Paul’s role in Clippers history.
Los Angeles Lakers - Magic Johnson
Career Stats (with Lakers): 19.5 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 11.2 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Achievements and Awards: 5x NBA Champion, 3x Finals MVP, 3x MVP, 12x All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, 10x All-NBA Team Selection, 4x Assists Leader
As the greatest point guard to ever play the game of basketball, Magic Johnson was the easiest choice as an appearance on our list. The 6’9 point guard could quite literally do it all on the floor and play any of the 5 positions that you needed him to. This was evident from his rookie year when he filled in for an injured Kareem in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. Magic poured in 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists en route to taking home the Finals MVP award, the first of three in his career.
No one ran a fast-break or transition offense like Magic. He could make any pass to any teammate, no matter where they were on the floor. Full court passes easy transition buckets, and drive and dish to find the open man was the way Magic ran his game. During his time with the Lakers, he led the league in assists 4 times and steals twice. The NBA’s all-time leader in APG, there is no better playmaker to ever grace the NBA’s hardwood.
Memphis Grizzlies - Ja Morant
Career Stats (with Grizzlies): 21.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 7.1 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Grizzlies): 1x Most Improved Player, 1x Rookie Of The Year, 1x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Team Selection
After just 3 seasons in the NBA, is Ja Morant, the best point guard in Grizzlies history? No disrespect to Mike Bibby or Mike Conley, but the short answer is yes. The long answer goes far beyond just the numbers, although the numbers are very good too. He took home Rookie of the Year in 2020, averaging 17.6 PPG and 7.3 APG. He became just the 2nd player to win the award since Pau Gasol in 2001-02.
In 2022, Morant leaped near superstardom. Morantexploded for 27.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 6.7 APG. His PPG and RPG were career-highs. He led the Grizzlies to a tie for the best record in franchise history at 56-26. His 27.4 PPG in 2022 is the best single-season scoring performance by a Grizzlies player ever, and again he is just 22 years old. Before being injured in the 2022 playoffs, Morant was averaging 27.1 PPG and 9.8 APG, by far better numbers than any other point guard in Memphis history.
Miami Heat - Tim Hardaway
Career Stats: (with Heat): 17.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 7.8 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Heat): 2x All-Star, 3x All-NBA Team Selection
Along with Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway was the most important player for the Miami Heat from 1996-2001. Not only was Hardaway a force to be reckoned with on the floor, but he also helped save basketball as we know it in Miami. In Miami Heat History, Hardaway ranks 9th in points, 2nd in assists, 6th in steals, and 1st in 3-pointers made. His numbers are far greater than any other Miami Heat legend.
In the 1996-97 season with the Heat, Hardaway was named to the All-NBA First Team for the only time in his career and finished 4th in MVP voting. He averaged 20.3 PPG, 8.6 APG, and 1.9 SPG. His postseason numbers were also great with the Heat. Despite a first-round exit in 199, Hardaway averaged 26.5 PPG on the series. He led the Heat to the playoffs every season he was with the team, and although he was never able to win a championship with them, he is still one of the franchise’s greater playoff performers.
Milwaukee Bucks - Oscar Robertson
Career Stats (with Bucks): 16.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 7.5 APG
Achievements and Awards (with Bucks): 1x NBA Champion, 1x All-NBA Team Selection
Oscar Robertson spent the last 4 seasons of his career with the Milwaukee Bucks after 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Royals. Although he was not the same explosive triple-double threat he once was, Robertson was still incredibly important to their 1971 NBA championship run. Alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar helped deliver the only title to the franchise until the team won again in 2021.
The 1971 season was special for Oscar and the Bucks. He finished 9th in MVP voting and was named to the All-NBA second team. During the regular season, he averaged 19.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 8.1 APG. The postseason was more of the same as he averaged 18.3 PPG and 8.9 APG over 14 playoff contests. The 1971 Finals is where he shined. He averaged 23.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 9.5 APG, as the Bucks took down the Bullets in 4 games. His career in Milwaukee may have been short and at the tail end of his career, but it still delivered an unforgettable impact.
Minnesota Timberwolves - Sam Cassell
Career Stats (with Timberwolves): 17.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 6.4 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Timberwolves): 1x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Team Selection
Sam Cassell only spent 2 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but his impact was second to none. Desperate for a playmaker next to their star Kevin Garnett, Cassell was acquired and made an immediate impact. Kevin Garnett credits Cassell for his growth into an MVP in 2004, and in turn, Minnesota had its most successful season in franchise history. In 2004, Cassell was named both an All-Star and All-NBA selection for the first and only team in his career.
Cassell averaged 19.8 PPG and 7.3 APG on the season, along with 1.3 SPG. The Timberwolves had their best season, making it past the first round for the only time in their franchise history. They made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they would fall in 6 games to the Lakers. Cassell averaged 16.6 PPG and 4.4 APG on the run. As the floor general for the most successful team in Timberwolves history, Cassell earns the spot as the best point guard as well.
New Orleans Pelicans - Chris Paul
Career Stats (with New Orleans): 18.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 9.9 APG, 2.4 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with New Orleans): 1x Rookie Of The Year, 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA Team Selection, 3x All-Defensive Team Selection, 2x Assists Leader
Now Chris Paul never technically wore the Pelicans uniform, but he did spend 6 incredible years in the city of New Orleans before they changed their name. With the Hornets, Paul was a facilitating guard who had the highest scoring years of his career in New Orleans. Paul was the ideal teammate, able to bring out the very best of all of his teammates, especially in the pick and roll with big men like David West and Tyson Chandler.
Paul’s 2008 season was magical as he finished 2nd in MVP voting behind only Kobe Bryant. He averaged21.1 PPG and led the league in both assists with 11.6 APG and steals with 2.7 SPG. He followed up that season in 2009 with a career-high 22.8 PPG. He again led the NBA in assists with 11.0 APG and steals with 2.8 SPG. In 2 out of his 3 playoff appearances with New Orleans, Paul averaged at least 22.0 PPG and 10.0 APG. Paul’s play in New Orleans was just the beginning of one of the best point guard careers in history.
New York Knicks - Walt Frazier
Career Stats (with Knicks): 19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Knicks): 2x NBA Champion, 7x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 6x All-NBA Team Selection, 7x All-Defensive Team Selection
Walt Frazier led the New York Knicks to not one but two NBA championships in the early 1970s, something no other New York point guard can lay claim to. His performances in big games for the New York Knicks are the stuff of legend. In a decisive Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals, Frazier dropped a ridiculous 36 points, 19 assists, and 7 rebounds as the Knicks took home the title. Willis Reed had gone down injured and was named MVP, but history gets it wrong as Frazier was the key to victory.
At the time of his retirement, Frazier was the all-time leader in Knicks history in points, assists, games played, and minutes. In 1973, the Knicks took home another championship averaging 21.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 6.2 APG in 17 playoff games. In the Finals, he averaged 16.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, and 5.2 APG in a 5-game series win over the Lakers again. As a player who led his franchise to 2 championships, Frazier can claim more than most players in Knicks history and is the only point guard to do so.
Oklahoma City Thunder - Russell Westbrook
Career Stats (with Thunder): 23.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 8.4 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Thunder): 1x MVP, 8x All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, 7x All-NBA Team Selection, 2x Assists Leader
If it weren’t for Gary Payton, the conversation for the best point guard in Thunder/Sonics history wouldn’t even be a discussion. Westbrook spent the 1st 11 seasons of his career with the Thunder, delivering some of the greatest moments in franchise history. As a member of the Thunder, he won 2 MVP awards and led the league in assists twice. He also took home 2 scoring titles in 2015 and 2017.
In 2012, along with Kevin Durant and James Harden, he led the Thunder to their only NBA Finals appearance since moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City. The 2017 season was easily the most special of his career in Oklahoma City. He became the first player to average a triple-double for the season since Oscar Robertson, on his way to winning league MVP in 2017. He led the league in scoring with 31.6 PPG and averaged 10.7 RPG and 10.4 APG. He would go on to average a triple-double for the next 2 seasons as well and lead the league in assists twice. As great as Gary Payton was, Westbrook made history with the Thunder and claims our spot as their best point guard in team history.
Orlando Magic - Penny Hardaway
Career Stats (with Magic): 19.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.9 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Magic): 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA Team Selection
Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway is another one of the biggest “what-ifs” in NBA history. Penny and Shaquille O’Neal formed one of the most exciting young duos during the 1990s, and it looked like they were going to be a contender for years to come until the injury bug struck Hardaway and Shaq left for the Lakers. In just his 2nd season in the NBA, Penny was a driving force behind an Orlando Magic team that snuck into the NBA Finals. He averaged 20.9 PPG and 7.2 APG on the year.
The Magic were swept by Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets, but Penny showed up and showed out. He averaged 25.5 PPG and 8.0 APG in the 4 Finals contests. The following season in 1996, Hardaway finished 3rd in MVP voting averaging 21.7 PPG, 7.1 APG, and 2.0 SPG. Although his career would be cut short due to injuries, NBA fans know what Penny meant to the city of Orlando and the Magic organization.
Philadelphia 76ers - Maurice Cheeks
Career Stats (with 76ers): 12.2 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 2.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with 76ers): 1x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 5x All-Defensive Team Selection
Relax everyone, Allen Iverson was a shooting guard. Cheeks was an incredible floor general in Philadelphia for 11 seasons, but his best skill by far was his defense. Cheeks began his career with 10 straight seasons of at least 2.0 SPG per season. When he retired in 1993 as the NBA’s all-time steals leader and now stands fifth in the category. He was named to the All-Defensive First Team 4 times in Philly and the Second Team once.
Cheeks had the benefit of playing with some all-time greats in Philadelphia, and he took advantage of it. His playmaking excelled as he averaged 7.3 APG in his 11 years with the 76ers and is far and away their team’s leading passer with 6,212 assists, over 1,600 assists ahead of 2nd place Hal Greer. He is the 13th all-time in NBA history in assists as well. When the Sixers won the title in 1983, it was Cheeks who led the offense and averaged 6.9 APG to go with 2.3 SPG. As far as point guards go, no other Sixer commanded a team like Mo Cheeks.
Phoenix Suns - Steve Nash
Career Stats (with Suns): 14.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 9.4 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Suns): 2x MVP, 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA Team Selection, 5x Assists Leader
Steve Nash began his career in Phoenix, playing his first 2 seasons in the desert, but it was the 2nd stint with the team that made him the legend he is. Steve Nash is considered one of the greatest playmakers in history, large in part due to the numbers he put up with the Suns. Nash led the league in APG 5 times with the team, recording double-digit assists 7 different times in 10 seasons.
He won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 while making Phoenix more of a contender than perhaps they had ever been. In 2005, he averaged 15.5 PPG and 11.5 APG and led Phoenix to a 62-20 record. In 2006, the Suns won 54 games, and Nash averaged 18.8 PPG and 10.5 APG en route to the MVP. In 10 seasons with the team, Nash led them to the playoffs7 times with 2 trips to the Western Conference Finals.
Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard
Career Stats (with Trail Blazers): 24.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Trail Blazers): 1x Rookie Of The Year, 6x All-Star, 6x All-NBA Team Selection
Damian Lillard is one of the greatest players in Trail Blazers' history. He certainly is their best scorer, along with Clyde Drexler. He holds the record for the highest free throw percentage in team history at 89.3% and has made the most free throw attempts at 3,917. His unlimited range from deep and clutch gene has made for some of the most electric moments in Portland history a la the series-clinching shot from 37 feet over Paul George in the 2019 playoffs.
Lillard also holds the franchise record for 3-point field goals made with 2,143 and is tied 9th all-time. Damian Lillard also holds the record for PER in Blazers history and was the quickest to score 10,000 and 15,000 points in their history as well. His 3-point shooting is the highlight of his game, and he currently shoots 37.3 % on 8.1 attempts per game for his career. On top of all that, he is also the Trail Blazers leader in PPG and 2nd in total points.
Sacramento Kings - Oscar Robertson
Career Stats (with Kings): 29.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 10.3 APG
Achievements and Awards (with Kings): 1x Rookie Of The Year, 1x MVP, 10x All-Star, 2x All-Star Game MVP, 10x All-NBA Team Selection, 6x Assists Leader
Oscar Robertson nearly averaged a triple-double in his 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1960s. Robertson was one of the best players in the NBA, who led the league in scoring once and in assists 7 times. As a rookie, he averaged 30.5 PPG, 10.1 RPG, and 9.7 APG in one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time. Robertson was such a prolific scorer that he averaged 30.0 PPG or better in 6 different seasons with the team.
Robertson also averaged 10.0 RPG or better 3 times and double-digit APG 5 times. Robertson is the franchise’s all-time leader in minutes played, field goals made, free throws made, assists, triple-doubles, points, PPG, MPG, APG, PER, and Win Shares. His 10-year stretch with the Royals is one of the best 10-year stretches in NBA history, making him not only the Kings’ best point guard in history but their overall best player as well.
San Antonio Spurs - Tony Parker
Career Stats (with Spurs): 15.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.7 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Spurs): 4x NBA Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA Team Selection
If I could use just one word to describe Tony Parker, it would be a winner. Parker was one of the key components of a Spurs dynasty that won 4 championships during his tenure there. He had a knack for finding ways to score in the paint, shooting a high percentage on mid-range shots and at the rim. He also got his teammates involved, evidenced by his 19th all-time ranking in total assists.
Parker was the poster child for consistency, averaging at least 15.0 PPG and 5.0 APG for 12 straight seasons from 2002 to 2014. Parker’s value and his impact were finally recognized in his performance at the 2007 NBA Finals. In a 4-game sweep of the Cavaliers, Parker averaged 24.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 3.3 APG on his way to taking home Finals MVP. 4 championships and a Finals MVP is a Hall Of Fame career but also enough to proclaim you the best point guard in franchise history.
Toronto Raptors - Kyle Lowry
Career Stats (with Raptors): 17.5 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 7.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Raptors): 1x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 1x All-NBA Team Selection
Ask any Raptor fan who the best Raptor of all time is, and I guarantee Kyle Lowry’s name comes up more than once. Lowry embodied basketball in Toronto, playing with heart and passion every single night on the court. Lowry bounced around for 6 years trying to find a home before he landed in Toronto. Before it was all said and done, he would make them NBA champions. Lowry was the perfect complement to such stars as DeMar DeRozan and Kawhi Leonard on perennial contending teams.
Lowry’s Raptors career culminated in a playoff run for the ages in 2019. For the totality of the playoffs, Lowry averaged 15.0 PPG and 6.6 APG as the team headed to the NBA Finals for the first time. In the Finals, Lowry stepped up alongside Kawhi Leonard and recorded 16.2 PPG and 7.2 APG in the 6-game series win over the Warriors. Kawhi gets so much of the credit for 2019 but without Lowry, who knows if the Raptors win it all.
Utah Jazz - John Stockton
Career Stats (with Jazz): 13.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 10.5 APG, 2.2 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Jazz): 10x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 11x All-NBA Team Selection, 5x All-Defensive Team Selection, 9x Assists Leader
John Stockton played the totality of his 19-year career in a Utah Jazz uniform. By the time it was all said and done, Stockton was considered one of the best point guards in NBA history. He is the all-time leader in assists and steals, 2 records that may just never be broken. Stockton and teammate Karl Malone formed one of the greatest duos to ever hit the court, making the Utah Jazz more relevant and intimidating than they had ever been. The duo mastered the art of the pick and roll and established their careers as 2 of the best to ever do it.
In his 19 seasons with Utah, Stockton led the league in assists for 9 straight years from 1988 through 1996. He also led the league in steals twice in 1989 and 1992. He is still far and away the Jazz's all-time leader in assists and steals as well as games played and offensive win shares. Stockton’s elite two-way play translated to the playoffs as well, with averages of 13.4 PPG and 10.1 APG for his postseason career. Despite never being able to raise the Larry O’Brien trophy, John Stockton is still considered one of the greatest to ever play the position of the point guard.
Washington Wizards - Gilbert Arenas
Career Stats (with Wizards): 25.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Achievements and Awards (with Wizards): 3x All-Star, 3x All-NBA Team Selection
Gilbert Arenas’s dominance wasn’t prolonged in Washington, but he did have one of the greatest offensive stretches of any Washington player ever. He displayed elite ball handles, deep sharp-shooting, a great ability to finish at the basket, and an insatiable appetite to hit the big shot in clutch moments. The pressure never seemed to get to Arenas. I mean, this is the man that dropped 60 points on Kobe Bryant on Bryant’s home floor in Los Angeles.
Arenas had a 3-season stretch where he was considered one of the very best scorers in the league. In 2003, he averaged 25.5 PPG. In 2004 he averaged a career-high 29.3 PPG, and in 2005 he averaged 28.4 PPG. As much as his peak was short-lived, it was one of the best 3-year offensive displays in Wizards history. He ranks 10th all-time in points for the franchise and 7th in assists. No disrespect to John Wall, but give me “The Hibachi” any day.