Six point guards that are better than San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker
By Michael Rehome
Tony Parker, has quite the basketball resume. He is a four time NBA champion, Finals MVP, and a six time NBA all-star. But, which players rank above Parker as the best point guards in the league?
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Parker holds career averages of 16.6 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.9 rebounds. He is also a four time All-NBA selection. Parker’s international career has also been impressive as he has been in the NBA.
There is no doubt that Russell Westbrook is a better point guard than Tony Parker at this stage. Westbrook isn’t a “traditional” point guard, but the Thunder don’t mind. Westbrook averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 assists, and 7.8 rebounds last season.
In the playoffs Westbrook was special as he averaged 26.0 points, 11.0 assists, and 6.9 rebounds. It’s only a matter of time before Westbrook becomes an MVP candidate.
The Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul is arguably the best true point guard, despite Westbrook being the most dominant. Paul averaged 19.5 points, 10 assists, and 4.2 rebounds last season, which are not far off from his career averages.
Paul has quite the resume, the only thing he is missing is a ring. He is a nine time all-star and a eight time all-NBA selection. He is also a terrific defender, as he has been named to All-NBA Defensive Team member six times.
While it is hard to predict if Derrick Rose will be the same player he was in 2011 when he won the MVP award, he could still be an elite-I know he has been hurt more than any of the guards listed.
Rose averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in only 66 games last season. Rose played a combined 61 games over the last two seasons. Now 27 years old and on a new team with the New York Knicks, Rose hopes the move will get him back to where he was five years ago.
June 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts during a stoppage in play against Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is one of the most dominant point guards in the league, yet it is easy to forget that because people tend to think of his shot. Curry averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.4 rebounds last year. He appears to be headed in the direction of being the best three point shooter of all-time, a rare trait for a point guard. Last season he made an impressive 402-of-886 attempts (45.4 percent).
Washington Wizards John Wall holds his own on the basketball court. Last season Wall averaged 19.9 points, 10.2 assists, and 4.9 rebounds. Wall is a great penetrator and can finish at the rim, something that Parker has seemingly gone away from, especially last season.
Wall uses his speed to his advantage and has become a great passer as well. With a shooter like Bradley Beal alongside you, it is easy to rack up assists.
Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lillard was a player on a mission during the 2015-16 season. He averaged 25.1 points and 6.8 assists in 75 games. He led his team in the playoffs where they appeared in 11 games before being eliminated. He contributed as he did during the regular season to put his team in position to win games.
Lillard is a outstanding leader for Portland. In an instant, he can take over a game and put the team on his back and lead them.
Parker stated that he does have a lot left in his tank and he is looking to play five more years in the league. At 34 years of age, and father time starting to creep up on Parker, he has already shown he is changing his ways on the floor.
Last season Parker averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 assists. His scoring dropped tremendously from a year ago.
Though it is something that could be alarming to fans, Parker did help the Spurs reach the playoffs marking their 19th consecutive trip. The six players listed in terms, are better than Parker.
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Is it to late in his career for him to be an elite point-guard in this league? I think so. But with the heart and passion that Parker has for the game, better believe he will leave it all out on the floor. No matter if there are six others ahead of him.
At this state in his career, I think he will be alright with it. Just look at the rings he has compared to others that are listed. I’m sure he would take that besides any ranking.