Is Deron Williams the best point guard in the NBA?
Every single season in the NBA there are debates about which player is the best of the best in almost every single category like scoring, passing, defending or just overall. The one debate that seems to get talked about more than any is which player is the best in the league and or best in the world.
This debate about the best all around player comes down to just two players as an argument can be made about either the defending NBA champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers or freak of nature in two-time NBA MVP LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Ever since LeBron came in the league back in 2003, Kobe Bryant has been the undisputed best player in the world, but as King James as really started to come into his own over the past couple of years, many people aren’t so sure anymore and as of right now it is at about 50-50 in my opinion.
Even though the debate over best all around player will probably go on until Kobe Bryant calls it quits and basically hands the distinction over to LeBron James,
there is one other debate in the NBA that has really gotten people talking and that is at the point guard position.
The best all around player debate may be down to just two players, but when you start talking about the best point guard in the league that number doubles as there are arguably four players in the league that are battling it out for the distinction as the best floor general in the game today.
Over the past five or six years, the Phoenix Suns Steve Nash has been arguably the best point guard in the NBA. With two MVP awards and the uncanny ability to turn his teammates into All-Stars, Nash has been considered the best point guard in the league for quite some time, but with the emergence of the three players below, things have started to change:
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
A couple of years ago, the Boston Celtics got a lot of attention for being extremely active in the offseason and acquiring two All-Star caliber and possible future hall of famers in sharp shooter Ray Allen and the “Big Ticket” Kevin Garnett.
Before these two All-Stars arrived in Boston, the Celtics were arguably the worst team in the league and seemingly had no chance of competing year in and year out. Once KG and Allen came to town though, the Celtics turned into a superpower in the Eastern Conference once again and were able to win an NBA title in 2008.
Even though Kevin Garnett gets the bulk of the credit, the one player that really was the key piece to the puzzle in their championship season was and will be point guard Rajon Rondo.
He may not be the shooter that Steve Nash or scorer that Chris Paul and Deron Williams are, but this kid can flat out play as he is arguably the best playmaker in the game today. On defense, Rondo is almost always the best player on the floor and on the offensive end he is extremely hard to stop with his passing and slashing ability.
Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets
A couple of seasons ago it was thought that Steve Nash had officially passed the torch to this young point guard in New Orleans as Chris Paul had turned into arguably the best point guard in the league virtually overnight.
Not only could this young kid get it done by getting his teammates involved like Nash, but he had the ability to put the team on his back and become the biggest scoring threat on the floor with 30+ point nights being a common occurrence.
Even though coming into this season it would have been hard to argue that Chris Paul wasn’t the best player in the league at the point guard position, it really didn’t seem to be that way early on as Paul and the Hornets struggled and this season turned out to be a disappointment.
Deron Williams, Utah Jazz
With Chris Paul having a bad year, Rajon Rondo still trying to get his shot down and Steve Nash nearing the end of his hall of fame caliber career in the NBA, the Utah Jazz’s Deron Williams has become arguably the best point guard in the league in my opinion.
Blessed with all the tools of a textbook point guard and more, Deron Williams is an absolute nightmare for opposing teams as he possesses the total package with the ability to score at will and get his teammates involved.
The point guard position in Utah has been one of their most coveted for quite some time with hall of famer John Stockton playing for the Jazz for so many years, but even though there was a lot of pressure to fill his shoes, Williams has done just that and now is considered the best player in the league at his position.