Over the years we have seen many great point guards in the NBA. Though, the Top 10 Point Guards list has also the one that’s seen the most shake-up at the top. As we head into the 2023-24 season, there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the position. Where will Damian Lillard play? Is Kyrie Irving a Point Guard or Shooting Guard?
There’s going to be many differences amongst this list than what you’ve seen in past rankings. This may finally be the year where we see a shake-up at the No. 1 spot.
How I Rank the Top 10?
First and foremost, I establish who is a point guard. Then I begin the analysis process which includes historical performance, skill, arsenal, health and availability, and near-future expectations.
Before diving into our top 10 point guard rankings of 2023, note that if a player is not on this list, he may be found in our upcoming shooting guard list.
Here are the top 10 NBA point guards’ rankings
10. Darius Garland – Cleveland Cavaliers
Garland is one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA. With a very high IQ, he might be the closest to a true point guard in today’s NBA. He’s now a season removed from being an All-Star. Though, this season he flashed an above .400 3P% which is a tremendous fit alongside Donovan Mitchell.
If the Cavaliers want to make it deep into the playoffs, they’re going to need Gardland to play efficiently. Relying on Mitchell will not nearly be enough this next season.
9. Tyrese Haliburton – Indiana Pacers
The Pacers are a team on the rise and Haliburton is a big cause for that. Last season, he had the fifth-highest player efficiency rating amongst Point Guards.
The former 12th overall pick has consistently improved every season that he’s been in the NBA to date. Haliburton still has a load of potential as well.
8. Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets are coming off of their first NBA Championship, but that doesn’t guarantee Murray a top-five spot. Could you place him there? Maybe, but it’d be pushing it. He may be the most underrated point guard in the NBA and he proved it last season.
Murray has the ability to score, everybody knows that. That’s not all though, the Nuggets were second in assists last season, trailing only the Golden State Warriors.
7. Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies
When he’s on the court, it’s no question that Morant is athletically gifted as a Point Guard. He is still young and continuing to learn. Unfortunately, he’ll be suspended for the first 25 games of the season. Morant has not been able to impress in a big game or on a big stage, at this point in his career.
If Morant takes the suspension as a time to get better off the court, then he still has time to improve his game on the court. If he doesn’t then he’ll probably receive more suspensions down the road.
6. De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings
Fox finally impressed us in 2023. He was named an All-Star and to the 2023 All-NBA team. The Kings now rank 7th in AST%, which explains why their offense is much more fun to watch. Fox is benefitting from this, improving his 3P% from .297 to .324 last year.
5. Chris Paul – Golden State Warriors
The veteran-savvy guard may not be a dependent scorer like he used to be. Though, the Warriors won’t really be looking for that. At 37 years old, Paul can still pass efficiently and move the ball. Last season, Paul ranked in the 91st percentile of Assist % and in the 87th percentile of AST: Usg %.
Whether or not he starts in Steve Kerr‘s system has yet to be determined. Regardless, he’ll be a savvy vet looking to win his first championship.
4. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Oklahoma City Thunder
After blowing it up a couple of seasons ago, the Thunder have turned it around. They now seem committed to winning and appear to be on the rise. Most of that is in large part to the success of SGA.
Gilgeous-Alexander is a bucket. With literally no limits to his arsenal, he can assist and score with the best of them. In the 2023-24 season, SGA turned it up a notch and averaged 31.4 points en route to his first All-Star and All-NBA nods.
3. Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers
While Lillard time may be running out in Portland. It most certainly isn’t running out on the NBA. Lillard’s resume, experience, and arsenal have had him a staple in the top five for many seasons now.
Lillard is a bonafide scorer and has gotten better with time too. Though, whether or not he is traded before the season is yet to be determined. The Blazers reportedly want four firsts and two young players.
2. Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors
Curry might not just be on this list, but also on the All-time Top 10 NBA Point Guards list. He has helped transform the point guard position into what it is today. With his limitless range, he’s probably top five at the position and top 10 overall.
Wardell Stephen Curry II is the greatest shooter of all time. He is one of the most skilled players of all time. He is a proven winner and MVP. That doesn’t look like it’s slowing anytime soon either. I wouldn’t argue if you said he’s still No. 1.
1. Luka Dončić – Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks may undoubtedly have the best player in all of basketball. The game of basketball is in good hands with Giannis Antetokuonmpo and Dončić.
He’s a nightmare matchup for whoever he faces. Though, they have Kyrie Irving, who years ago would have been on the Top 10 Point Guards list. After that, the surrounding cast might be questionable. Luka Magic is a dangerous passer, elite scorer, and one of the most clutch players we have ever seen. At 6’7, he is a nightmare for any defender. He’ll most certainly be the best point guard in the NBA for years to come.
Honorable Mention: Bradley Beal – Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are going all in on attempting to win an NBA Championship. They’ve made several moves this offseason. Though, Beal has been a Shooting Guard for most of his career… the Suns are going to run with him as their point guard. Over the past two years, he has been a decent passer in the NBA averaging above 5 assists a night.
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