#NBA2015 December 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 entire season up till December 5, 2014 (Manila time). This will, hopefully, give us a more current picture of each player’s production.

In this list, we have two members of the Team USA iteration that dominated #Spain2014, a couple of veteran playmakers, and the kid who had maybe the best game-winner of last season.

Best PG in the Association? Who's your pick?

Note: All of the following stats are based on each player’s stats as computed by HoopsStats.com. They were taken on December 5, 2014 (Manila time).

5. Kyrie Irving (CLE) - 22.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.7apg, 1.6spg, 49.2 FG%, 2.2 triples per game, 42.5 3pt%, 22.1 EFF
Did you see how he ruined the Knicks? No, I mean, did you really see him drop 37 big ones on the team that ruined LeBron’s homecoming? In the process, did you notice how the Cavs moved up to 10-3 and fifth in the East? Man, if Uncle Drew can keep dropping the boom for the wine and gold, then don’t be surprised if the Cavs keep winning till they face Memphis on December 22 (Manila time). Heck, maybe they even beat the Grizz, too!

4. Damian Lillard (POR) - 19.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 6.5apg, 1.5spg, 2.6 triples per game, 40.7 3pt%, 22.2 EFF
The Blazers suffered through a slow start, going 3-3 in their first six games, but they have won all but one of their games since then (to the Grizzlies) and are now, get this, third overall in the entire league. THIRD OVERALL! They have maybe one of the best starting fives in the whole league, sure, but even they wouldn’t go anywhere if Lillard weren’t tearing it up.

3. Kyle Lowry (TOR) - 20.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 6.8apg, 1.3spg, 1.6 triples per game, 22.6 EFF
Lowry isn’t supposed to be playing this well because he’s no longer in a contract year. I mean, he’s already going to get paid handsomely for the foreseeable future. And yet here he is, piloting a team that’s been awfully tough to beat since they jettisoned Rudy Gay. It’s reasonable to expect that they should punch another postseason ticket, but it’s also reasonable to expect that this stretch without DeMar DeRozan is really going to test Lowry’s mettle.

2. Chris Paul (LAC) - 17.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 9.5apg, 2.1spg, 53.3 FG%, 1.4 triples per game, 42.6 3pt%, 26.1 EFF
CP3 isn’t as present in weekly top ten plays as often as he used to, but being under-the-radar doesn’t mean he’s been terrible. On the contrary, he’s been playing at an extremely high level, steering the Clips past a difficult patch early in the season to move up to 13-5 as the eighth best team in the league (but only the seventh best in the West). Clearly, we shouldn’t sleep on Paul just yet.

1. Steph Curry (GSW) - 23.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 7.8apg, 1.9spg, 49.3 FG%, 3.2 triples per game, 41.6 3pt%, 92.6 FT%, 26.7 EFF
How do we even begin to talk about Curry? I mean, he has been one mean, freakish shooting machine this season. More than three treys a game? Are you kidding? And that’s on top of around 5 boards, 8 dimes, and 2 swipes? Numbers that good should merit Curry as a legit MVP candidate, if you ask me. And who knows, if the Dubs stay in the top four of the West by season’s end, maybe we will see Curry being crowned MVP, right? Unless someone figures out how to guard him on the high pick-and-roll, of course (paging Patrick Beverley and Avery Bradley).

Outside looking in:
John Wall (WAS) - 21.1 EFF
Reggie Jackson (OKC) - 19.3 EFF
Brandon Knight (MIL) - 19.1 EFF

*Russell Westbrook is currently at sixth place with an EFF rating of 21.5, but he has played just four games, so the sample size is a little too small.

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