The bar is high in order for a player to be considered as one of the best point guards in the NBA in 2021.
This vital position has been revolutionized for the past decade. Nowadays, it’s more than just playmaking and calling shots.
Best point guards 2021-22
The top point guards right now can carry the whole offensive load alone or average a triple-double easily. Clearly, these players are on another level.
Here are the ten best point guards this season…
10. Jrue Holiday
The point guard position has been all about offense nowadays. However, there are still a few guards who are elite on the defensive end while calling the shots on the floor—like Jrue Holiday.
His ability to impact both ends on the floor makes him one of the best two-way players in the league.
Holiday already proved that to us that in the past season when he became a huge part of Milwaukee’s success in the playoffs. He was selected in the All-NBA Defensive First Team, along with his teammate, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
9. Ja Morant
We actually didn’t see Ja Morant break out in his sophomore season. Additionally, we saw a drop in his efficiency numbers. However, the blame can be put on the ankle injury he suffered.
The same can’t be said in the postseason. Morant took it up a notch in the play-in tournament and playoffs where he averaged 30.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game on 49% shooting. What a way to end the season with a bang.
If Morant continues to develop a reliable three, then he’ll become more deadly as a slasher. His breakout season is looming.
8. De’Aaron Fox
De’Aaron Fox had a huge leap last season when he averaged 25 points and 8 assists per game on 48% shooting. While still far from perfect, he showed that he’s confident in hitting more threes now with 5.5 attempts per game.
Fox will definitely continue to put up monstrous numbers this season. He’s still just 23 years old and is already the face of the Kings franchise. Sacramento hasn’t made the playoffs in 15 years but Fox will put a change to that sooner than later.
7. Russell Westbrook
When it comes to triple-doubles, Russell Westbrook is the king.
Last season, he surpassed Oscar Robertson with the most triple-doubles in NBA history with 184. Moreover, he averaged 22.2 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 11.7 assists while carrying the Wizards as the eighth seed in the East.
In the offseason, he was traded to Los Angeles—joining LeBron James and Anthony Davis. There’s no stopping him from putting up ridiculous numbers in a better team like the Lakers. A championship may be on the horizon for Russ this season.
6. Chris Paul
How many times did we hear that Chris Paul is “washed” for the past two seasons? A lot. Yet, he proved his doubters wrong with his elite playmaking and ability to transform teams into playoff-caliber teams.
At age 36, he’s still one of the best point guards this season.
After coming up short in the NBA Finals, Paul is hungrier than ever. He’ll continue to lead the Suns and contend for the championship.
5. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving may have off-court issues but he’s still the electrifying player that we know. Barring injuries and DNPs, he still can put up 30 points on any given night on crazy percentages.
Last season, Irving had an efficient year where he shot 50-40-90 for the first time in his career. There’s no reason he can’t continue to put up the same numbers this season with James Harden and Kevin Durant fully healthy.
Irving might miss some games this season due to the vaccine mandate in New York. Still, he’s one hell of a player when on the court.
4. Trae Young
Another rising star is Trae Young. He proved that he’s one of the best young players in the league when he led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
He put up nearly 29 points per game and 10 assists per game in the playoffs.
Young still has inefficiency and turnover issues but it’s just as expected for a flashy player like him—just look at Curry in his early seasons. Experience will fix those issues in time. Expect him to continue dominating this season.
3. Damian Lillard
It’s no secret that Damian Lillard is one of the top point guards right now offensively. What makes him even more dangerous is his ability to hit shots in clutch time. He already has a plethora of game-winning shots under his belt.
There may be trade rumors surrounding him, but he’s still elite when playing. It’s now up for Portland to execute this season beautifully and contend for the championship.
2. Luka Doncic
Even at a young age, Luka Doncic proved that he’s a generational talent. His ability to do anything offensively with that kind of size at his position is unfair. Last season, he averaged a near triple-double and carried the Mavericks to the fifth seed in the West.
There’s no doubt that he’ll be better this upcoming season. That’s why he’s on top of the NBA MVP candidates right now.
1. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is arguably the greatest shooter of all time. Last season, he showed us that he still can put up MVP numbers in his 12th season in the league.
With Klay Thompson finally set to return this season after two years of rehab, the Warriors now have a shot at reclaiming their spot as the top team in the West.