Player Top 10, Day 1: Point Guard

Over the next 5 days, I will be ranking the top 10 players at every position.

Today I am starting with Point Guards:

#10: Stephen Curry- GSW

Last season was tough for Steph who had a banged up ankle for much of the year, but when healthy, he is a 18ppg-4rpg-6apg-2spg guy that is a pesky and scrappy defender. I think that if he stays healthy this season he will earn and improve on this ranking and lead the Warriors to the playoffs.

#9: Kyle Lowry-TOR

Kyle Lowry is a great young point guard that I think has been placed into a great situation in Toronto. He has DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Terrance Ross, and Andrea Bargnani to dish the ball to as well as a great back up in Jose Calderon.

#8: Ty Lawson-DEN

I love Ty Lawson’s game and I think he is way under appreciated around the league. He is a good floor general, great scorer, and solid defender. He is also a guy who is in a great situation with Denver now that Andre Igoudala has been added to the roster. Lawson will show his abilities to the world come playoff time.

#7: Tony Parker-SAS

Tony Parker was a big part of the success that San Antonio had last season while Manu Ginobili was hurt. He stepped big time and showed that he can still be considered an elite point guard. He is getting older, and with a lot of up-and-coming point guards, I think that Tony Parker will be lower on this list after this season. I am not saying he will be worse, just that others will pass him up.

#6- Russell Westbrook-OKC

There is no denying Russell Westbrook’s skills after leading OKC to the NBA Finals last season. He is probably the fastest man in the league, and possibly the strongest and most powerful point guard right now. My only knock on him is that his assist numbers could be a bit better. I would love to see him get around 8.5-10 apg. If he can get there, he would be #1 or 2 on this list for sure.

#5- Steve Nash-LAL

Steve Nash is a beast. He is still averaging 10-11 assists this late in his career, which is ridiculous. The one thing that concerns me about Steve Nash this year is his new teammate Kobe. Kobe is a ball hog, everyone knows it, and it has been the one question mark for the Lakers now that they have assembled a super team. Can Kobe stand to have ball in his hands less and allow Nash to be the main ball handler for the Lakers? We will find out.

#4- Deron Williams-BRK

Deron Williams is a great point guard that I feel has gone under the radar since being traded to what is now Brooklyn Nets. He is one of the best passers and defenders at the point guard spot, as well as an elite scorer who has the ability to take a game over. I think he will only improve now that he is surrounded by Joe Johnson and a hopefully healthy Brook Lopez.

#3- Derrick Rose-CHI

Man are the Bulls really going to miss this guy for the 1st half of the season. Seeing him tear his ACL in the playoffs was a big bummer because to me, the Bulls would have really given the Heat a run for their money. DRose makes the Bulls tick right, and without him for a large portion of the season, the Bulls may not even make the playoffs. Not one player outside LeBron means more to the success of their team than Derrick Rose.

#2- Chris Paul-LAC

Chris Paul is definitely one of the best. He consistently averages better than 16 and 10, and is always their for his team in the clutch. He is the perfect guard for the “Lob City” offense, and is going to get paid big time next summer. Many people believe him to be the #1 PG, but I have him slightly in 2nd.

#1- Rajon Rondo-BOS

Rajon Rondo is the best point guard in the NBA, hands down. He is always grabbing a double-double, always a threat for a triple-double, an elite defender, and the best rebounding point guard in the league. The knock on him is his scoring ability, but I disagree. I think he showed us in last year’s playoffs that he is the best. He has come out publicly and said that he thinks that he is the best in the game, and I agree.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I will be ranking the NBA’s Best Shooing Guards!

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My basics thoughts about the state of Golden State

Since this is my first real post, I thought I would start with my basic thoughts about the state of what is going on with the team.

 

Where to start! There is the draft coming up, too many draft choices at the moment, possible trades, question marks all over the roster, no cap room, and a likely move to SF in 2017. A lot to cover in a very interesting time to be a Warriors fan.

 

Let’s start with the set up of the current roster:

 

PG- Curry, Jenkins

SG- Thompson

SF- Wright, Jefferson

PF- Lee, Tyler

C- Bogut, Biedrins

 

At the moment, all we really have is a starting lineup and ugly contracts. Biedrins and Jefferson are eye sores and their contracts are just plain stupid. We have a need for a starting SF after a let down season from Dorell Wright, a reserve energetic scoring SG that can lead our bench unit, a solid backup for an often injured Steph Curry, and a third big man to compliment Bogut and DLee. All of these needs, and they can only be taken care of through the Draft and the Mid-Level Exception.

 

This takes us to the draft. The Dubs have 4 picks to address as many of these issues as they can or trade the picks to do that. With the #7,30,35,52 Picks to Warriors have options, and they have gone on the record saying that they don’t plan on keeping all of the picks. I am a fan of consolidating the number of picks we have to 3 through trades, but the Warriors need to be smart about how they do it because as us Warriors fans have seen in the past, the Warriors rarely win a trade. This is a pattern that must change in order for us to progress into a consistent contender.

 

As an East Bay fan for most of my life, I wasn’t very happy with the recent announcement to move to SF. I definitely was not surprised, but it still bummed me out that the ownership would make this move that so clearly alienates the fan of the East Bay that have supported the team in bad times over the past 20 years. The new stadium will be big hassle to get to for most East Bay fans because the proposed parking garage will only have 1 to 2 thousand spots for a 30,000 person stadium not to mention how hard it will be to get into San Francisco during peak traffic for a 7:30 tip-off. The cons aside, this is a great business decision for the Warriors and will make them a large market team that will attract marquee free agents.

 

Overall, I think with some intelligent player personnel moves, the Warriors can be a playoff contender soon, and possibly a title contender when things get rolling in San Francisco. I’ll try my best to predict and brainstorm some of the groundbreaking trades and signings that we need to become a great NBA team!