Could We Be Witnessing The Greatest Point Guard Era Ever?
If anyone has noticed, the leading three ROY candidates are point guards. Chris Paul and Deron Williams are on track for Hall of Fame numbers. Some guy named John Wall is the consensus number 1 pick in 2010. Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose are absolute stars. These are just the PG stars 25 or under! I have not seen this many stars at the point playing at the same time in my 26 years. Am I right or off-base here?
The point guard spot is the strongest i have seen in my time. Lots of very talented PG's i still include Nash and Kidd with all these young guys too.
.................steve nash won back to back MVPs. i really dont think its a point guard era, its just that the game is changing in the favor of quick, explosive point guards. they are allowed much more on the offensive end that the good old days. great point guards are here to stay with the true centers slowly fading
Its just the hand-checking fouls that is allowing these players to dominate... PG's without a jumper and passing vision wouldn't made it in this league during the 80's and 90's... I don't care how fast or athletic you were... Its not happening...
im not sure because before them were billups,nash,bdiddy,sam cassel, andre miller,jason kidd
I think the point guard position continues to evolve and there are a lot of great young point guards at the moment but in 1991, John Stockton, Isaiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Terry Porter, Tim Hardaway, Gary Payton, Rod Strictland and others were putting up just as big of numbers if not bigger than the players you've mentioned. I'm 27 and I recognize the talent in the new class of the leagues top point guards, but I don't think they top the class of pgs playing in the league in the early 1990's. It's easy to call a player a star 2 or 3 years into his career, but not everyone who makes a big splash upon entry in the league becomes a hall of famer. Guys like Paul and Williiams are established and phenominal, but I think until Rose, Rondo, and Westbrook play a few more years we can't put them ahead of guys like Stockton, Payton, Hardaway, Porter, KJ and others playing in the early 90's.
Short & Simple. So much talent, scoring, assisting, athleticness,everything!!! I could make up terms to describe this group. It's just alot of Talent @ The Position...I think it can be.
NBA 1990-1991 NBA season
Magic Johnson 19.4 ppg 12.5 apg
John Stockton 17.2 ppg 14.2 apg
Tim Hardaway 22.9 ppg 9.7 apg
Isiah Thomas 16.2 ppg 9.3 apg
Terry Porter 17 ppg 8 apg
Kevin Johnson 22.2 ppg 10.2 apg
Pooh Richardson 17 ppg 9 apg
Michael Adams 26.5 ppg 10.5 apg
Scott Skiles 17 ppg 8.4 apg
Rod Strictland 13.8 ppg 8 apg
Sherman Douglas 18.5 ppg 8.0 apg
and Gary Payton's rookie year
I don't think we have those kind of point guards in the NBA right now, despite a lot of exciting young points with a lot of potential.
Joe Wolf, your knowledge is consistently appreciated.
I still think Jason Kidd got robbed off the MVP award in 2001-02 when he transformed a laughingstock Nets into an Eastern Conference Champion...
The evolution of the point guards continues to flow and it's been amazing... The guys everyone mentioned here are right on the money... joewolf, I'd like to add Mookie Blaylock there who averaged a solid 14 ppg and 6 apg with 2.3 spg... He's a thief...(Good gracious)