Top 5 NBA Point Guards:
1.) Derrick Rose - Chicago Bulls
Rose is a star, without a doubt. He is a great scorer, and he can do just about anything any player has been able to do. He can shoot the three, drive, make free throws, pass the ball, and even rebound decently.
2.) Chris Paul - New Orleans Hornets
While I doubt his commitment, I don't doubt that CP3 is one of the greatest point guards of all time. There are only 5 players to ever post 4,000 points, 1,500 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in their first 3 years in the NBA, he is one of those 5. He's a great scorer, and an above-average passer.
3.) Deron Williams - New Jersey Nets
Deron Williams probably has the best build of any point guard in the NBA. Williams has great strength, and is a dominate player, and a great leader. He treats his teammates very well, and they thrive off of his energy during games. Williams is a good scorer, but he is much better whenever he passes the ball. He loves sharing the ball, and makes great decisions with it.
4.) Russell Westbrook - Oklahoma City Thunder
He is the best point guard when it comes to achieving triple-doubles. He's a great scorer and passes well. He and Durant lead this team, and with his emotion, he gets the crowd involved better than anybody in the business. Westbrook is gifted with incredible hops for a point guard and is a good rebounder.
5.) Rajon Rondo - Boston Celtics
Rondo is one of the best defensive point guards the league has ever seen. He's very quick, and has good ball handeling skills. The only thing that sets Rondo back is his scoring. He's not a good jump shooter, and he makes only about 5 threes a year. He also struggles at the free throw line. Rondo is a gifted passer though, as he is better than both D-Will and CP3 in my mind.
What are your guys' picks?
You still need to have Nash in the mix if we are just talking about how well they played this season and we aren't talking about their value down the road. Maybe he doesn't actually crack the top five, though I'd take him over Rondo because of Rondo's terrible jump shot. But even if you put in the sixth spot he is really still just as good as these guys so you should make it a top 6 list. You could swap any of these guys around on their various teams and I think the teams would basically be just as good.
I admit, Steve Nash is still a great point guard, and he was in consideration for the 5 spot, but after thinking it through, I thought Rondo did just a little better this year than Steve Nash did.
How can you possibly doubt Chris Pauls committment to the sport?
I don't doubt his commitment to the sport at all, I doubt his commitment to the New Orleans Hornets organization, and I think you must have commitment to be the #1 player at your position.
Paul is gone as soon as he can go, provided the CB agreement allows a contender team to offer him max money. No player wants to spend their prime years stuck on a team that can't contend. I don't fault him for that though. He put in good work at his team and gave it his best. Now he gets a chance to pick his employer and the city that he lives in. That isn't that much to ask.