Russell Westbrook has been on fire all month. He has simply been a force of nature, attacking the basket with reckless abandon and finishing over anyone in his way. Not to mention, his mid-range jumper is money and he always seems to get to his spots on the floor every single time.
When it comes to scoring the ball, there are few guards in the league who can match up with Russ. Westbrook is averaging 27.5 PPG which is good for 7th in the league.
What makes Westbrook particularly special is his ability on the fast break, where he has catapulted the Rockets to 1st in the league in pace. He is also the reason the Rockets are 2nd in the league in scoring, as he gets from one end of the floor to the other in a matter of seconds.
This begs the question, where does Russell Westbrook rank among the best point guards in the league? Is he among the cream of the crop? Or is he simply the best? It is time to find out.
6. Trae Young
29.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 9.3 APG, 1.1 SPG
Trae Young is having himself a phenomenal sophomore year, by making an All-Star team and being one of the most exciting players in the league to watch.
Young is putting up clear All-Star numbers and seems to be on a path to becoming the league's next Stephen Curry thanks to his deep range and insane handles. The reason he is not higher up on this list is that the Atlanta Hawks have not been a good team, and are currently ranked 29th in the NBA by record.
If Young can somehow use his performances and lead them to wins, he might start getting recognized as one of the alpha dogs at the point guard position.
5. Ben Simmons
16.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 8.2 APG, 2.1 SPG
Simmons is a superstar point guard, despite the fact that he still cannot shoot the ball from the perimeter with any sort of consistency. He does so much on the floor, that it is a shame to not include Simmons as a top-five point guard in this game. His ability to make passes on the floor and completely control the pace of play is something that is unique to almost every NBA player barring a few including LeBron James and James Harden.
Simmons is also a great rebounder and a very capable defender that can legitimately handle all five positions over the course of a game. His versatility is something special, and it is likely that Philadelphia Nation will want to dub him as an untouchable for years to come.
4. Kemba Walker
21.2 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.9 APG
Kemba has done a phenomenal job in Boston, taking over the scoring responsibility from the newly departed Kyrie Irving and buying into the Celtics system. His shooting, specifically, has been great this year as he is shooting 38.6% from three this season.
What makes Kemba particularly stand out is his ability to impact the game. He is one of the very few point guards who can create his own shot and usually get a good look at the rim anytime he wants.
If Walker can continue his pace of play, and if he can lead the Celtics to a top-two record in the East, then he might find himself on an All-NBA third team this season.
3. Chris Paul
17.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.6 SPG
CP3 has shocked everybody with his play this season, especially after looking old and over the hill during last year's playoff run with the Rockets. Paul didn't seem able to beat his defender off the dribble last year, and hardly could get by his man anymore. But he has completely been rejuvenated this year, making an All-Star team and putting up strong numbers for a Thunder team that is the 10th ranked team in the league.
With only a few games behind the Nuggets and Jazz in the West, Paul is showing his true value as a leader and playmaker.
CP3 is a top three-point guard this season, and that is amazing considering he is 34 years of age with tons of mileage on his body. It will be great to see Paul back in the playoffs again this year.
2. Damian Lillard
28.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 7.8 APG, 1.0 SPG
While Lillard has been an absolute beast all year, he just misses the first spot on the list. He is doing everything right this year, shooting 88% from the free-throw line and 39% from three. His scoring, at 28.9 PPG, ranks 5th in the league. Yet the reason he falls off from the number one spot is that he has been unable to carry the Blazers to any sort of consistency this season. After making the WCF last year, this team is a complete shell of themselves.
While this is no fault of Lillard per se, a player of his caliber should at least be able to hold onto a playoff spot when he has a decent supporting cast including scoring machine C.J. McCollum. Lillard will most likely make an All-NBA team this season, and unfortunately, that might be all he earns for his efforts.
1. Russell Westbrook
27.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.0 APG, 1.7 SPG
At the number one spot, Russell Westbrook is the best point guard in the NBA this season. His scoring is good for 7th place, and he is one of the best rebounding players in the NBA that ranks top 30 as a point guard. Beyond that, he is a major reason why the Rockets are one of the best teams in the league.
Westbrook leaves it all on the floor every night, and simply does all the things you need to help a team win. What doesn't appear on the stat sheet is his energy, which is contagious for the rest of the team, and his desire to dominate the opposition. It is nice to see a player with that killer instinct, as players don't come around like that as much as they used to.
Russ is the best point guard in the league at the moment, and it's time for him to show it in the playoffs.