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The Best NBA Players of All Time - Point Guards

Any list of the best NBA players of all-time will spark great debate. We love debate, so here's our list of the greatest point guards in NBA history.
Published on December 7, 2023

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Any list of the best NBA players of all-time will spark great debate. However, we love to debate! Consequently, here’s our list of the greatest point guards in NBA history (regular season career stats in parentheses):

Best NBA Players of All Time – Point Guards

  • Bob Cousy (924 GP, 18.4 ppg, 7.5 apg, 5.2 rpg)
    Bob Cousy played 14 seasons for the Celtics and Royals, winning six championships, one MVP award, and 13 All-Star selections. He led the league in assists eight times, and was known for his dazzling ball-handling and passing skills. 
  • Chris Paul (1232 GP, 17.8 ppg, 9.4 apg, 4.5 rpg)
    Chris Paul has posted career averages of 17.8 points, 9.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game, placing him among the all-time leaders in assists and steals. Paul has also collected many accolades, such as Rookie of the Year, 12 All-Star berths, 10 All-NBA honors, and nine All-Defensive awards.
  • Isiah Thomas (979 GP, 19.2 ppg, 9.3 apg, 3.6 rpg)
    Isiah Thomas led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990, earning the Finals MVP award in the latter. Thomas was also a 12-time All-Star, a three-time All-NBA First Team member, and a member of the 1992 Dream Team. Consequently, his career averages of 19.2 points, 9.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game, placing him among the all-time leaders in assists and steals.
  • Jason Kidd (1391 GP, 12.6 ppg, 8.7 apg, 6.3 rpg)
    Jason Kidd was a triple-double machine, ranking third all-time in that category with 107. Kidd was also a superb defender, ranking second all-time in steals with 2,684. He was a 10-time All-Star, a six-time All-NBA selection, and a nine-time All-Defensive honoree.
  • John Stockton (1504 GP, 13.1 ppg, 10.5 apg, 2.7 rpg)
    John Stockton is the only player in NBA history to record over 15,000 assists and 3,000 steals. Also, he topped the league in assists for nine consecutive seasons. He was also a 10-time All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a member of the 1992 Dream Team.

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  • Magic Johnson (906 GP, 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg, 7.2 rpg)
    Magic Johnson is one of the greatest point guards in basketball history due to his unparalleled passing and court vision, dominant performances in the regular season and playoffs, versatile skills, inspiring leadership, and his contribution to the development of future generations of point guards. His no-look passes and remarkable ability to find open teammates transformed the Lakers’ offense, and he was a great defender, making him a true force on both ends of the court.
  • Oscar Robertson (1040 GP, 25.7 ppg, 9.5 apg, 7.5 rpg)
    Oscar Robertson, known as “The Big O,” is one of the greatest point guards in basketball history. He was the first player to average a triple-double for an entire season. His landmark lawsuit, Robertson v. National Basketball Ass’n, eventually led to the adoption of free agency in the league.
  • Stephen Curry (900 GP, 24.7 ppg, 6.5 apg, 4.7 rpg) [still active]
    Steph Curry is one of the greatest point guards in NBA history due to his exceptional shooting skills, transformative impact on the game, and championship victories. He holds the record for the most three-pointers made and has revolutionized the importance of long-range shooting. He has also maintained an impressive career average of 6.5 assists per game.
  • Steve Nash (1217 GP, 14.3 ppg, 8.5 apg, 3.0 rpg)
    Nash, like Jason Kidd and John Stockton, was from perhaps the last generation of great point guards who still prioritized teammates’ production over their own. While he wasn’t known for his scoring, Nash was a deadly accurate shooter. In fact, he more 50–40–90 seasons than any other player in NBA history and is only one of ten players to have ever achieved the feat.
  • Walt Frazier (825 GP, 18.9 ppg, 6.1 apg, 5.9 rpg)
    Walt Frazier, affectionately known as “Clyde” to Knicks fans, was a great point guard who lead the greatest era of Knicks basketball, winning the franchise’s only two NBA titles. Frazier was a smooth guard who could score and dish, but perhaps the best part of his game was on the defensive end of the court, as evidenced by seven consecutive NBA All-Defensive First Team selections.