The 2022 NBA season is almost here, with preseason having started already. Based on what we have seen last year, the upcoming season is going to be extremely exciting. The main reason is that there are a host of NBA superstars who have incredible talents at their positions. One of the most stacked positions in the NBA right now is the point guard position, because there are a ton of players who can score and assist the ball at an elite level.
Looking ahead to the 20221-2022 NBA season, it is time to rank the top-10 best point guards in the league. The rankings are based on the body of work over the last few seasons, career success, and (most importantly) what to expect in the upcoming season. We will likely see the growth of one of the NBA’s top stars challenge the greatest shooter of all time at the point guard spot, and that will be a joy to watch from Game 1 of the regular season.
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 25.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 7.2 APG, 1.5 SPG, 0.5 BPG
De’Aaron Fox is a special point guard because of his speed. Fox is gifted with explosive acceleration and can get from one end of the floor to another in a matter of seconds. There is no doubt that the 6’3” point guard is the franchise player for the Kings and he continues to get better.
Fox averaged 25.2 PPG and 7.2 APG last year; clearly All-Star numbers for a 23-year old budding superstar. If Fox continues to improve his outside shot (32.6% for his career), we are looking at a top-10 guard in the NBA with unbelievable skill and athleticism.
10. Ja Morant
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 19.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 7.4 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Ja Morant is drawing comparisons to Russell Westbrook because of his insane athleticism, an honor he will take in his stride. In many ways, Morant has a chance to possibly be better than Westbrook because of his jumper. The Grizzlies franchise player is already shooting a career 31.7% from three, a number that usurps Westbrook's career percentage.
Morant is explosive, confident, and can be very dominant at times. That is why the 22-year old carried Memphis to the playoffs in only his second season, and we should see him fight for an All-Star spot in the West in 2022. But it will not be easy for the young man to make it.
The explosive guard is getting better by the year, but there is a ton of talent at his position in the West right now. That is why Morant is only the 10th best point guard in the league, although his potential could boost him to top-5 in due time. Expect improvement by the Memphis Grizzlies player, because he will be moving up in rankings by the end of the year.
9. Jrue Holiday
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 17.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.1 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG
NBA champion Jrue Holiday is one of the most underappreciated stars in the league because he plays lockdown defense while adding an impressive offensive arsenal. Holiday averaged 17.7 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 6.1 APG for the Bucks who ended up being NBA champions last year.
Holiday was just as valuable in the postseason, taking his numbers to 17.3 PPG and 8.7 APG while playing some sensational defense. Even when the guard struggled from the perimeter over 23 games in the playoffs (40.6% FG and 30.3% 3-PT FG), he always found a way to be effective.
That is truly the mark of All-Star talent, especially as the third wheel behind Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Many questioned Milwaukee’s decision to break the bank to acquire Jrue Holiday last year, but it ultimately paid off. Holiday is part of a Big Three in Milwaukee and that's why he's a top-10 point guard in the NBA.
8. Trae Young
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 25.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 9.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.2 BPG
Trae Young is a superstar offensive player who continues to get better by the year. The Atlanta Hawks reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season thanks to the point guard's play and leadership, and there should be no reason why the team can't aim for that again.
Young is already averaging 24.1 PPG and 8.9 APG in only 3 seasons of play, and the 23-year old is just getting started. During the 2021 postseason, he averaged 28.8 PPG and 9.5 APG which are extraordinary numbers for such a miniature player.
In terms of outside shooting and handles, Young might be the next Stephen Curry and that means we might see the rise of a Hall of Fame talent in due time. But until then, Young is still outside the top-5 in his position in the league.
7. Russell Westbrook
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 22.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 11.7 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.4 BPG
Russell Westbrook somehow gets underappreciated because of how easy he makes the game look at times, but that doesn't mean he isn't a top-10 point guard in the NBA. Once again, Westbrook averaged a triple-double last year by positing 22.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG, and 11.7 APG.
There is no reason why Westbrook should not post similar numbers again this year, although the future Hall of Famer will be judged on how he performs in the postseason. If Westbrook can win a championship with the Lakers, he will take his legacy to another level.
Westbrook is ranked 7th in the NBA because there are truly exceptional players in their prime right now. The triple-double maestro will also be 33 years old in just a few months, which means we might start seeing a decline.
6. Ben Simmons
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 14.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.6 SPG, 0.6 BPG
No matter what critics say about Ben Simmons' character and lack of improvement as a shooter, the man is a unique talent. The 6'11" point guard plays the game at a tremendous pace and does everything on the floor at an elite level besides jump shooting and free-throw shooting.
Simmons shot the worst free throw percentage in NBA history last year in the playoffs, but that should not completely take away from his dominance as a defender and playmaker. Simmons averaged 14.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 6.9 APG so we should see an uptick in these numbers wherever he plays next season.
Nobody knows where Simmons will end up, but there is no doubt he can make the All-Star Team when he plays his game. He never fit with Joel Embiid in Philadelphia, but that should not take away from his talent as an all-around superstar.
5. Kyrie Irving
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 26.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.7 BPG
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Kyrie Irving is a top-5 point guard in the game. Even if his ability to stay focused and healthy is in question, Kyrie can win Brooklyn games on his own at times. The future Hall of Famer is a superstar talent and averaged 26.9 PPG despite not having his head in the game for most of the year.
No player in the history of the game can dribble like Irving, and he continues to entertain the NBA world whenever he is on the floor. Remember, Irving was the man who made the biggest shot in the 2016 Finals so he is a player that teams will fear next postseason.
When he's on, Kyrie can actually play like a top-3 point guard in the NBA and can take over games by himself. Playing alongside Kevin Durant and James Harden (combined 7 scoring titles) will decrease his stock, but Irving might be the best offensive 3rd option in NBA history.
4. Chris Paul
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 16.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.9 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Chris Paul continues to add to his incredible legacy. As soon as Paul signed with the Suns, the team took on an entirely different identity. Former players constantly praise Paul's ability as a leader, because he makes everyone around him better. Not to mention, Chris Paul is a born winner.
The Suns lost in the Finals last year, but that doesn't mean their window is closed at all. Deandre Ayton is only 23, Devin Booker is only 24, and Chris Paul is still playing at an elite level. If Chris Paul can somehow win an NBA title, we might be looking at a top-3 point guard of all time.
But as of right now, CP3 is a Hall of Fame player and his leadership alone places him in the top-5. He has made Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton play like All-Stars, so Phoenix will be one of the teams to watch next season. Making the NBA Finals will not be easy, but don't put it past Chris Paul and company.
3. Damian Lillard
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 28.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 7.5 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Damian Lillard is an offensive superstar and can score the ball whenever he wants. Portland's franchise player averaged 28.8 PPG on 39.1% shooting from three last year, making him a threat as soon as he steps across half-court. The only issue is his lack of team success.
Portland have tried to build a contender around Dame Dolla, but the competition in the Western Conference is too high. Multiple first-round exits have decreased morale slightly in Portland, and the loss of Carmelo Anthony could sting a little.
But the team still has CJ McCollum to pair with their franchise superstar. Nonetheless, the 31-year old superstar will be a top-3 point guard in the game and will most likely be surrounded with trade rumors all season long.
2. Luka Doncic
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 27.7 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 8.6 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Luka Doncic is not only the point guard for the Mavericks but the core of everything they do. No player carries the burden that Luka carries on a nightly basis right now, because he has been keeping a lottery team afloat. Dallas have slightly improved with the signings of sharpshooters Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown, but Luka needs more.
Still, Doncic will be an MVP candidate from the start of the season. The Slovenian averaged 27.7 PPG, 8.0 RPG, and 8.6 APG while carrying the Mavericks to the playoffs. In the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, Doncic averaged a ridiculous 35.7 PPG, 7.9 RPG, and 10.3 APG while pushing 40 MPG.
Luka has shown he can win a series in the playoffs on his own, so he is just behind one man for the title as NBA's best point guard. If the Slovenian can get the help he needs from Kristaps Porzingis next season, Dallas could possibly be a sleeper for a top-4 seed in the Western Conference.
1. Stephen Curry
2020-2021 Season Statistics: 32.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.1 BPG
Would there be anyone else? Stephen Curry just missed the playoffs last year but still led the league in scoring at 32.0 PPG which was his career-high. With Klay Thompson returning to form, the Golden State Warriors are back in business as title contenders.
At the heart of it is Stephen Curry, the greatest shooter on planet Earth. Curry averaged 42.1% from three and 91.6% from the free-throw line last season, numbers we can expect this upcoming season. Curry will be 34 years old at some point next season, so time is of the essence in terms of capturing more accolades.
The 6'3" point guard maestro is simply unguardable when he is in a rhythm and is the best player at his position by a wide margin. If the Warriors can return to championship form, Curry has a chance to be in the MVP race and the scoring race which is a testament to his greatness.