@nba_debate16 Top 10 Point Guards Of All Time!
I took a poll on whether Jerry West was a PG or SG, and 54% voted him as a PG.
#4: John Stockton: The prototypical point guard, doing everything at an elite level, was John Stockton. He wasn’t much of a scorer, but he was capable of dropping 15 a game, and he made the shots that he took. He was the most willing passer of all time, resulting in some crazy seasons of 13-14 apg, and he always made the right pass, which was normally the same pass, which gave him a close to 4:1 career AST:TO ratio. Stockton was also a great defender with very quick hands and led the league in steals more than once. Stockton did everything a coach wanted from a point guard. He elevated players games, he made the shots he took, he didn’t turn the ball over, he looked to pass before score, he played lockdown D, and he always gave 110% and always stayed healthy. He proved you don’t have to be athletic, or have a height advantage, or be an incredibly shifty ball handler to dominate. He simply took care of the ball, moved to the right spots, learned the fundamentals, and dominated as a 6’1 point guard who couldn’t even dunk. Much like our guy at #3.
#3: Jerry West: Jerry West was one of the best players in the 60’s, he was a 1x NBA Champ, with 1 Finals MVP’s (while losing!). He was a 14x All Star, and he had 17 All league selections. To say that wouldn’t transfer over to today’s NBA is unfair, because today’s athletes have so many advantages to become great (training, sports science, dietitians, gear, health studies etc). If Jerry West had those perks, it’s very unfair to say he couldn’t make today’s NBA. Would Kyrie have made the league without the dietitians, advanced training, sports sciences, strict training schedules and specialized gear? Probably not! So I hate how everyone hates on the older generation. Jerry West still had competition and people with equal opportunity to become as great as him, yet Jerry still stood out as a top 5 player in the 60’s. To say he couldn’t play in today’s NBA is an unfair claim. He trained for the 60’s, not the 2010’s. It’s like asking a bicyclist to go extreme mountain biking.