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Top 10 Best Guards For The 2017-18 NBA Season

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The NBA’s regular season has finally come to an end and looking back to what happened all throughout the year, we can already go ahead and give the awards to the best performer of this year’s campaign.

Guards are one of the most important players in the hardwood, as they’re always the most talented ball handlers in the team and the ones in charge of making the offense flow, and this season we’ve witnessed some of the best guards in the world go at it on a nightly basis to try and lead their squads to stardom.

Today, we’re going to let you know who the top 10 guards in the league were this season. Obviously, we’re going to include both point guards and shooting guards for the sake of the argument.

Honorable Mention: Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Bradley Beal

10. Ben Simmons

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Ben Simmons is already looking like one of the most talented players in the history of the game, a dominant ball handler capable of playing and guarding all 5 positions in the floor, and a one on a lifetime kind of talent that’s set to bring a lot of joy for Sixers fans for ages.

The rookie’s the main reason why the Sixers have been able to record their longest winning streak in franchise history, and he might as well become the league’s all-time leader in triple-doubles. Throughout his first year, he posted averages of 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks per game.

9. Donovan Mitchell

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Donovan Mitchell is making it really hard for everybody not to just hand the ROY award to Ben Simmons, mostly because he was able of almost single-handedly leading the Utah Jazz to the playoffs even with Rudy Gobert on the shelf with an injury.

Mitchell looks like a proven veteran already and he now owns the record for most three-pointers by a rookie and more 20 point games by a first-year player as well, recording season averages of 20.5 points, 3.7 dimes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals a night.

8. Chris Paul

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The Point God shocked everybody with his decision to join forces with James Harden this season, even though he was set to embrace a lesser role, sacrifice some touches and share the ball-handling duties, something he proved he could do with great ease.

Despite not making the All-Star team mostly because of early-season injuries, CP3 proved over and over that he’s one of the best two-way point guards in the league, and the Rockets were practically unbeatable when him, Harden and Capela were on the floor. Over the year, he averaged 18.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

7. Victor Oladipo

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Victor Oladipo is a lock to take home the Most Improved Player award this season after proving his one of the best young players in the world and even getting his first All-Star nod after leading the Pacers all the way to the playoffs.

The Pacers looked like a team doomed to mediocrity and Oladipo wasn’t having any of it, and his season averages of 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.1 threes and a league-leading 2.4. steals per game definitely proved his the real deal.

6. Kyrie Irving

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Uncle Drew was one of our early candidates to take home the MVP award after leading the Boston Celtics to the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference, but with the injury bug hitting the C’s and Kyrie also falling down with a knee infection, they’re not looking like the team to beat anymore.

Still, he didn’t disappoint a single bit during his first year as a member of the Celtics, and Boston looks like the best team in the East for the next season amid his return and Hayward coming back as well. Over the year, he averaged 24.4 points, 5.1 assists, 2.8 three-pointers and 1.1 steals per game.

5. Damian Lillard

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Damian Lillard has been one of the best 10 players in the league this season, and he’s not getting enough praise just because he’s playing on one of the smallest markets in the league, even almost getting snubbed of an All-Star selection.

Even though, Dame has led Rip City to a top 4 seed in the Western Conference and is set to be one of the guys to watch in the postseason for sure after he averaged 26.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 helpers per contest.

4. Stephen Curry

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The best shooter this game has ever seen has proven to be the most important player for the defending Champions, as the Dubs have looked like an AAU team whenever he’s been forced to sit with an injury.

Curry’s still on his prime and it looks like he’s going to be around for a very long time as the most talented pure shooter in the game, and his season averages of 26.4 points, 5.1 boards, 6.1 dimes and 1.6 steals per game grant him a spot on this list.

3. Russell Westbrook

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Rusell Westbrook is on the verge of becoming the first player in the history of the NBA to average a triple-double in two different seasons (And even more impressively, doing it back-to-back) despite having to share touches now with Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

The reigning MVP has been balling lights out whenever the Thunder has been forced to face top-notch opposition, and his season averages of 25.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, 10.1 dimes and 1.8 steals per game are quite impressive, even for him.

2. DeMar DeRozan

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The fact that DeMar DeRozan isn’t involved in the MVP conversation is quite unfair, considering he’s by far the best player in the best team in the Eastern Conference, but nobody seems to trust the Toronto Raptors enough to give them a shot at the ring.

DeMar’s overall game has improved a lot and he’s developed true leadership, as well as even including the three-point shot to his offensive repertoire. Over the year, he averaged 23.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals on 45% shooting.

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1. James Harden

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Nobody can take this year’s MVP award away from James Harden’s hands, as he’s been by far not only the best guard in the league but also the greatest player all year long and it’s not even remotely close.

The Beard led the Houston Rockets to the best record in all of the NBA and led the league in scoring, posting season averages of 30.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 45% from the floor, and he’s keen to put the cherry on top of the sundae with his first ever NBA Championship at the end of the season.