With less than two months until the start of the NBA season in 2021-22. we thought it would be a good idea to compile some positional rankings.
Today, we’ll look at the Top 10 point guards for the 2021-22 season. The challenging task gives the position’s enough excellent ball-handlers. Playmakers, and confident bucket-getters. Check out how we ranked the Top 10 point guards for the upcoming NBA season in the chart below.
1:Stephen Curry (Golden State)
Stephen Curry, who should come as no surprise to anyone, is our projected No. 1 point guard for the 2021-22 season, and good reason.
Curry finished a season in which he was the league’s leading scorer (32.0 points per game). averaged over 5.5 rebounds and assists per game, and shot over 42% from beyond the arc. The fact that Curry was able to do it after a sluggish start to the season – by his illustrious standards. at least – makes it even more challenging to comprehend.
Curry also stepped up his game when the Golden State Warriors needed him the most. late in the season when they were fighting for a position in the play-in tournament. The two-time league MVP scored 36.9 points per game in the final 24 games of 2020-21. shot 43.7 percent from three-point range on 15 attempts per game.
The Warriors only missed out on the playoffs after. losing back-to-back play. in games to the Lakers and Grizzlies in the play-in tournament, but Curry. who concluded the year with the second-most first-place MVP votes, can’t blame for that.
2: Damian Lillard (Portland)
Despite recent team failures. Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers is harsh for playoff failures. The Blazers would not be a playoff club without him. Lillard is a great deep-three shooter. a superb playmaker and scorer who can still average over $7 a night. and a game-winner late in tight games.
Players with at least 75 field-goal attempts in what the NBA deems to be “clutch situations,”. when five minutes are remaining, the scoreline is within five points. Either way, Lillard led all in field-goal percentage last year at 51.1 percent. ranked second in three-point% at 39.1% and ranked No. 1 in clutch free-throw shooting at 94.7 %.
Dame Time is genuine and not savvy branding. That’s why it’s such a shame the Blazers have struggled to develop a true contender around Lillard. as a player of his quality with his penchant to hit the big shot. should have more postseason success by this stage in his career.
3: Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn)
We debated list Kyrie Irving as a shooting guard for this exercise. because that’s the position he claims to be playing now. that James Harden has joined the fold but in the end. we went with Irving at his natural place of point guard, where he’s ranked third.
It’s easy to see why, too, given Irving’s stellar season. which saw him join the 50/40/90 club while averaging over 27 points per game. and forming one of the most feared Big 3s in recent league history.
Irving was one of only four players in NBA history to have a 50 percent shooting percentage. a 40 percent three-point percentage, and a 90 percent shooting %. from the foul line in the same season, they attempted over 300 attempts from beyond the arc.
The other three are his teammate Kevin Durant and his current head coach Steve Nash, who comes in at No. 1 on our list (spoiler alert). How’s that for a group of excellent shooters now employed by the Nets?
4: Trae Young (Atlanta)
Trae Young, who currently sits fourth in our Top Point Guards list, would not have ended. as high as he did if we had made these rankings this time last summer.
Although his point-per-game average dropped by more than four total points. Young improved so much as a decision-maker and table-setter. that he is now a much more complete floor general than ever before in the 2020-21 season.
Young also showed how efficient he can be in the playoffs. leading the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals in a season. when many thought they’d be happy to make the playoffs.
Young’s unstoppable floater game, spectacular three-point skill. and ability to set up shooters and rim-runners were all on display in the 2020-21 playoffs. giving us a solid indicator that he’ll be one of the league’s best point guards for the foreseeable future.
5: Chris Paul (Phoenix)
Chris Paul’s first season with the Phoenix Suns went as well as it could for him. with the Team not only making the playoffs but also making it to the 2021 NBA Finals. where they even took a 2-0 lead in the championship series before losing in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Despite the season’s disappointing conclusion, the 2020-21 season can only view. as a massive success for both Paul and the Suns. one that prompted the two parties. decide to stay together this offseason by agreeing to a four-year. $120 million contract when the veteran floor general became available.
Despite his advanced age, Paul is coming off a season. in which he had his best assist average since 2016-17. the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio (4.0), and the highest free throw % in the league.
So it’s safe to say that, despite his athletic deterioration. Paul’s skill as a playmaker and midrange scorer is intact, and he’s still one of the NBA’s top five point guards.
6: Ja Morant (Memphis)
Few people would pick the young Memphis Grizzlies to point guard over Holiday. Simmons, or Westbrook right now, so his rating is the clearest. the example we have of us trying to expect what these players might look like next season.
But, if Morant’s playoff performance last season is any sign. the 22-year-old could be in line for a massive jump in 2021-22. as the 22-year-old put up 30.2 points, 8.2 assists, and 2.0 three-pointers in five games. even leading the Grizzlies to a colossal upset Game 1 win over the favored Jazz.
Morant’s main growth area will have to be as an outside shooter. as he is a career 31.7 percent shooter from beyond the arc through two seasons.
Suppose Morant can become even a league-average three-point shooter. In that case, that will open up even more driving lanes for the explosive ball-handler. making him a frightening proposition for opponents and helping him. justify his spot in our point-guard rankings for 2021-22.
7: Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee)
For years, the debate surrounding Jrue Holiday has been: How effective could he be if he could get on an elite team. could he do less scoring and playmaking and focus on what does best, defending?
Holiday answered the question in his first season with the Bucks that he is an absolute stud in that role. The now-31-year-old was a pivotal piece in Milwaukee’s championship 2020-21 season. providing outstanding defense while scoring and creating enough to help. take some of the load off Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
Holiday continued his outstanding form into the Toyko Olympics. when he was one of the gold-medal-winning Team USA’s most crucial players. FIBA scoring specialists like Patty Mills and Evan Fournier and performing that duty.
We can no longer consider Holiday underrated. as he has demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt. that he is the best two-way point guard in the NBA over the past year and a half. who doesn’t see that hasn’t been paying attention.
8: De’Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox, one of the fastest players in the NBA. continued his upward trajectory this season. posting his best season on both nightly points. and assists while attempting a career-high 5.5 triples per game.
Fox averaged over 25 points per game last season while making only 32.2 percent of his three-point tries. showing that if he can improve his shooting successive league year. he might be an even more productive scorer than he was in 2020-21.
Given that Fox is still only 23 years old despite having four years of NBA experience. it wouldn’t be shocking to see him improve even more in the following seasons.
Last season, Fox joined superstars like LeBron James and Oscar Robertson. as one of only seven players in NBA history to average 25 points and seven assists before turning 24. Fox’s shooting needs to improve, and he still hands the ball over too often.
9: Simmons, Ben
Ben Simmons’ 2020-21 image. the season was passing up a wide-open dunk for a defended. Matisse Thybulle with the 76ers down two. Fourth-quarter of the Atlanta Hawks’ Game 7.
When Thybulle fouled out, Atlanta beat Philadelphia. Simmons lacks confidence right now. It’s no surprise that it happened at the end of a season. , rebound, and assist averages of his career.
Analysts agree, evaluating 2020-21. by far the least impactful of Simmons’ four-year career. Simmons is a great playmaker and a threat in transition. Last season, he was runner-up for DPOY. Despite our low ranking, he was an All-Star in 2020-21.
But the gifted point guard must improve his offensive game next season. if he wants to rank higher. If that happens, it will be in Philadelphia or elsewhere. as Simmons’ name has come up a lot in trade rumors this summer. A new start would help him return to his former All-NBA status.
10: Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook’s injury-plagued start to last season had some speculating his decline. until a stunning second half of the season changed everything.
From March to the end of the season, Westbrook led the league in nightly assists (11.7). averaging 23.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 44.3 percent field goal shooting over the final 36 games. assisting Beal in the Wizards’ playoff run.
In his rookie season with the Lakers. Westbrook will rely on LeBron James to help him make plays. while destroying pick-and-rolls with Anthony Davis. which should be fun to watch for basketball fans.
But Westbrook, 33, is slowing down. and still needs an outside jumper. There isn’t a more tenacious point guard in the NBA. who works as hard as the ex-league MVP every night.