Over the next few weeks I will be breaking down each NBA position and giving you my top five for the 2013-14 season, starting with point guards. With the return of Derrick Rose and the rise of Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, this season will be packed with exceptional point guard play.
#5 Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers-
2012-2013 Stats: 22.5 ppg, 5.9 apg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 spg, 21.4 PER
Kyrie is one of the NBA’s up and coming stars. This kid is extremely special and will help the Cavs make the playoffs this season. Irving has the ability to score in the open floor and his court vision is second to none. He must work on his defense but considering he is on 21 years old, that’s not too much to ask for.
#4 Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls-
2011-2012 Stats (Missed 2012-13 season): 21.8 ppg, 7.9 apg, 3.4 rpg, 0.9 spg, 23.0 PER
I don’t have to emphasize the importance of Rose to the Bulls and how he impacts the Eastern Conference. While Chicago will not have enough fire power to over take the Heat I do think Rose’ ability to use his pure athleticism to score will prove to be MVP worthy. Bulls fans be patient, it will take Rose some time to get his legs back.
#3 Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder-
2012-2013 Stats: 23.2 ppg, 7.4 apg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 spg, 23.9 PER
Don’t get it twisted, Kevin Durant is the best player on the Thunder. However, Westbrook’s season ending knee injury showed his importance to the team and how without him the offense is much easier to defend. Westbrook’s ability to keep the defense on its heels, opens up the floor for his team to attack the basket. If the young guard can make better decisions and remember he has the best scorer in the world on his team, he will elevate the play of the guys around him.
#2 Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs-
2012-2013 Stats: 20.3 ppg, 7.6 apg, 3.0 rpg, 0.8 spg, 23.0 PER
Coming off a gut wrenching loss to the Miami Heat in seven games of the NBA Finals, many may have forgotten the season Parker had. With Manu Ginobili not the player he once was and Tim Duncan on his last leg the Spurs success falls on the shoulders of Parker. Having said that, Parker will find himself with the ball in his hands much more then in the past. While averaging 20ppg and dishing out 7.5 assists last season isn’t anything to sneeze at, this year he will be better.
#1 Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers-
2012-2013 Stats: 16.9 ppg, 9.7 apg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 spg, 26.4 PER
In an NBA era where most point guards have developed a score first mentality, CP3 is a well balanced pass first, score second floor general. Paul led all point guards along with Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio in steals per game (2.4). With the additions of head coach Doc Rivers; along with JJ Redick and Jared Dudley, CP3 will have a huge year. Even though I have him as my number one point guard, Paul must show us something in the post-season. Not sure why he has gotten a pass to this point. With THIS team and Doc running the show, CP3 must deliver a deep playoff run.