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Top 5 NBA Point Guards of all time

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Modified 19 Dec 2019, 10:56 IST

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The NBA has always been littered with a plethora of great point guards. From Bob Cousy to Oscar Robertson to Magic Johnson to Stephen Curry, each generation has its own definitive point guard.

A point guard is not just the engine of the team, they are also the extension of the coach on the court and with this being a golden age of point guards, the position has never been of more importance.

But which of them belong in the pantheon of the greats? Let's take a look at the top 5 point guards to ever lace them up.

#5 Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas

Kicking off this prestigious list is arguably the greatest little man to ever play the game, Isiah Thomas. One of the purest point guards to grace the game, Thomas was the leader of the Bad Boys Pistons.

Commonly known as Zeke, he averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 assists over the course of an illustrious career. A career which included 12 All-Star selections, 3 NBA Finals trip, 2 NBA Championships and a 1990 Finals MVP among many other honors.

But he always brought out his best when the lights shone brightest: the NBA Playoffs

First, in the 1984 NBA Playoffs, while playing the New York Knicks and Bernard King in game 5 of the opening round, Zeke scored 16 points in 93 seconds to force the game into overtime.


Four years later, he followed the aforementioned heroics with a performance for the ages on the biggest stage the game can offer: the NBA Finals.

With the Detroit Pistons leading the series 3-2 against the Los Angeles Lakers and closing in on their 1st NBA Championship, their leader went down with an ankle sprain in the 3rd and quarter and had to be pulled out of the game.

What happened next was out of a storybook.

Just 35 seconds later, Isiah returned to the floor and blitzed the Lakers with 25 points in the quarter and gave the Pistons an 81-79 lead heading into the final frame.

In both instances, the Detroit Pistons lost the series, an NBA Championship in the case of the latter, but not without Isiah Thomas proving the old adage right: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

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Published 19 Sep 2017, 12:31 IST
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