by Will Overton
It’s still early in the preseason so these rankings could be changing some before the season begins obviously. However, this gives you a good idea of what I am thinking on these guys. You’ll see the familiar Chris Paul at the top of this list still, but point guard is deep and getting deeper. Certainly this is the deepest position in all of fantasy basketball.
One thing to consider when looking at my rankings is that I am only ranking each guy at one primary position, not every position they qualify at. If you wonder where another guy would fall on this list please do leave a comment.
Here are my top 25 point guards for this season:
- Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers
- Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder
- Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
- Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers
- John Wall – Washington Wizards
- Deron Williams – Brooklyn Nets
- Derrick Rose – Chicago Bulls
- Jrue Holiday – New Orleans Hornets
- Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
- Ty Lawson – Denver Nuggets
- Mike Conley – Memphis Grizzlies
- Rajon Rondo – Boston Celtics
- Brandon Jennings – Detroit Pistons
- Tony Parker – San Antonio Spurs
- Kemba Waker – Charlotte Bobcats
- Ricky Rubio – Minnesota Timberwolves
- Jeff Teague – Atlanta Hawks
- Goran Dragic – Phoenix Suns
- Greivis Vasquez – Sacramento Kings
- Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors
- Jose Calderon – Dallas Mavericks
- Raymond Felton – New York Knicks
- Eric Bledsoe – Phoenix Suns
- George Hill – Indiana Pacers
- Brandon Knight – Milwaukee Bucks
- Chris Paul still sits atop this list once again. The gap is narrowing between Paul and the rest of the field though. The 2 – 4 slots are very close and if you want to make an argument for any of the three at #2 you can and I won’t put up much of a fight against it. I chose Russell Westbrook because he has the longest history of this kind of success and despite his injury in the playoffs, he’s been virtually injury free his whole career, unlike the next two guys.
- Quite possibly the hardest guy to rank and project this season is Derrick Rose. The guy was a top five overall pick before this ACL injury. Now he hasn’t stepped on the court in a game in over a year though and the point guard field around him is only getting better. If you take Rose your taking a chance because who knows if he still has that explosiveness to get to the hoop, or if he’ll be hesitant and settling for jumpers. It’s all about finding where you feel comfortable taking the risk on Rose.
- The Denver Nuggets are officially 100% Ty Lawson’s team at this point. Andre Iguodala is gone, Danilo Gallinari is going to miss a third or half the season and Lawson is going to have to step up and be the man. I think he’s up to the task too. Lawson is improving as a scorer every season, now he just needs to find someone else on the team to score along with him to keep his assists up.
- The definition of reliability is Tony Parker. He’ll very likely end up finishing the year as one of the top five PPG guys on this list and he’ll be top 20 in assists I’d guess. It almost feels wrong to rank him this low and a lot of people may disagree. The problem is you’re ideal number one point guard is going to give you steals and threes too and Parker doesn’t really do either of those things for you. He’s safer than a lot of guys above him, but he doesn’t bring the same upside across the board.
- I think one of the more underrated guys on this list is probably Kemba Walker, who I project to finish as a top 50 player overall and I think could finish in the top 12 or even top 10 of this list. Kemba is still working on the playmaking thing so assists are hard to predict, but he’s going to score one way or another, and he’s elite level in steals. Walker is just one of those guys whose value to your fantasy team will always be greater than his real team.
- One of the real wild cards in this group is Kyle Lowry I think. Here is a guy who is top three at his position in rebounding, is a really good three point shooter, gets plenty of steals and is at least middle of the pack in assists. Yet he ranks 20th at his own position. The problem is two-fold, for one he has a hard time staying healthy, always has had a problem there. Secondly, the Raptors don’t seem overly confident in giving him 33 – 35 minutes per game to really rack up these stats with. A healthy Lowry playing those kind of minutes is at least top 15, but you can’t bank on that on draft night.
- I have a feeling you’ll see a wide variety of opinions on Eric Bledsoe among pre-season rankings. He’s shown just enough flash in LA to get owners excited, but not enough of a sample size to convince me. I think he’ll spend a lot of time playing the two which could limit his assists output, and he’s not got the most range as a shooter. He will be a defensive stat machine though which helps balance things out. I like him, but I am guessing I won’t own him in many leagues because someone is bound to like him more.
- Just missing the cut was rookie Trey Burke. Part of it might be the summer league debut where he looked a little less ready than we all expected he was. Mostly though it’s just a testament to the depth at point guard. Burke should have a pretty solid rookie season, but there are just so many good point guards he misses the cut.
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