The NBA: February 2014 Position Battle – The Top 5 Point Guards Right Now

In this Position Battle post, we will focus on the top five point guards at this point in the season. We will take into account just the players’ stats for the latest five games of their respective teams. This will, hopefully, give us a more current picture of each player’s production.

With Chris Paul not exactly his old self yet, the race is really wide open for the best PG in the NBA right now. The obvious choice outside of CP3, of course, is GSW’s Steph Curry, but how about other young guns like Kyrie Irving, John Wall, or Damian Lillard? You might be surprised, especially since an old favorite makes an appearance at #2!!!

Note: All of the following stats are based on each player’s stats as computed by HoopsStats.com. They were taken on February 11, 2014 (Manila time).


5. Brandon Jennings (DET) - 24.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 8.4apg, 1.6spg, 3.4 triples per game, .886 FT%, 23.8 EFF
The Pistons are one of the suckiest teams out there (just ask Mo Cheeks), but don’t tell that to Jennings, who has been enjoying one of his most productive NBA seasons yet. And, well, Detroit has won three straight, including today’s surprising win over the Spurs. It was Motor City’s first W under new coach John Loyer. As for Jennings, he didn’t do too badly, dropping 21 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals on the TP9 and the Spurs.
           
Brandon Jennings tries to blow by John Wall.
(image by Alex Brandon/AP)

4. John Wall (WAS) - 22.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 8.6apg, 3.2spg, 1.0bpg, 1.4 triples per game, .821 FT%, 24.6 EFF
What I like about John Wall is that he has been a beast this season and that his awesome play might actually result in the Wizards making the Playoffs! Yes, the Wizards in the Playoffs!!! It’s too crazy, but I think it’s gonna happen. The highlight of last week? How about his 17-point, 15-assist, 6-steal effort as the Wiz beat Kevin Durant and the Thunder?


3. Goran Dragic (PHX) - 26.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.0apg, 1.4spg, .605 FG%, 2.4 triples per game, .571 3pt%, 27.4 EFF
Definitely one of the biggest snubs in the All-Star Game, but the Slovenian superstar continues to take names anyway. Along with Gerald Green, Dragic is the biggest reason the Suns might be the season’s best underdog story. His latest masterpiece? Dropping 32 and 10 on the Warriors and the number one guy on this list.


2. Rajon Rondo (BOS) - 14.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 11.0apg, 2.0spg, .613 FG%, 1.3 triples per game, 28.3 EFF
Holy crap it’s Rajon Rondo!!! Yes, the Celtics are too awful for their own good and Rondo is too good not to be on a winning team, but that’s the reality they have been given, so there. When healthy, though, Rondo remains one of the planet’s craftiest playmakers. I mean, he’s norming close to a triple-double with around 2 steals to boot! Part of me wants him traded to an East contender, so he can beat the Heat down the road.

Rajon Rondo is back on the PG map of the NBA!
(image by Kim Klement/USA Today)

1. Steph Curry (GSW) - 29.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 8.0apg, .570 FG%, 4.0 triples per game, .500 3pt%, .905 FT%, 29.8 EFF
Yes, the Warriors have been an up-and-down team in more than one way, but let’s not forget what makes them so exciting – those awesome three-bombs from the Splash Brothers! Curry is still a long way from being in the Top Five PGs of All-Time convo, but, should he continue to play this boldly (or recklessly), then he might just crack that select set. Thanks to his awesome touch, GSW has won 4 of its last 6 games to remain in the West’s top eight. Did you see him drop 44 on Utah to end January? Sweet curry.


Outside looking in:
Damian Lillard (POR) - 22.4 EFF
Kyrie Irving (CLE) - 22.2 EFF
Jordan Farmar (LAL) - 22.0 EFF



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