Holiday’s wife, Lauren, gave birth to their child just before having to undergo brain surgery after a tumor was discovered. The array of weapons the Lakers have at other positions gives Russell the chance to take steps forward in becoming a star point guard. If you’re looking for anything more, disappointment will strike. But he's deserved the barbs. Carter-Williams is currently one of the least interesting point guards starting today and it will be a big surprise if he can change that perception at any point. Rose saw injuries force his game to decline and lose his spot as the top star on the Chicago Bulls. Conley doesn’t have the highest points or assists total at point guard, but his play-making skills are up there with the best of them. Hopefully the experience helps him make great strides moving forward this season. Press J to jump to the feed. Adam Fromal covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. 20 Worst Defensive Players in the NBA 1. The veteran leadership of Parker adds another facet to his game that we can’t say the same about for other point guards. But the opposite has been true for John Collins, who looked like a promising stopper as a rookie for the Atlanta Hawks before his effectiveness plummetted in 2018-19. But it if he desires to be one of the league's best, he need to do what Jams Harden and Steph Curry have done and figure out a way to be simply average on D for stretches. His three-point shot, inside driving game and all-around offensive excellence has made Lillard almost unstoppable. From his days as Chris Paul’s backup with the Los Angeles Clippers to his current role as the face of the Suns franchise, Bledsoe has a great all-around game that every team desires in a star. Things can go either way for him, but you have to love Rose getting a new chance at relevancy with the Knicks. The young man proved he wasn’t ready for the NBA world. But based both on his work with the New York Knicks and his short tenure with the Portland Trail Blazers, he still doesn't have any trouble earning the featured spot for centers. Young, to this early point in his professional career, simply doesn't seem to have those instincts as he makes the Atlanta defense a rotation-worst 8.6 points per 100 possessions worse when he's on the floor. There aren't many people that view Walker as a Superstar, but he’s on the verge of getting there and it may happen this season. 12 in deflections per contest and No. The days of a point guard just passing the ball and not looking to score are over. They can’t contend with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but want to be in that next tier with teams like the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers. Mudiay’s talent is there and he can definitely become one of the best point guards with enough hard work and improvements. The Milwaukee Bucks made a horrible decision trading Brandon Knight away and acquiring Carter-Williams to be their point guard of the future. Lin has proven to be an effective player when allowed to play as a traditional point guard. We're admittedly fudging a little bit here by calling Devin Booker a shooting guard during his 2018-19 efforts for the Phoenix Suns. The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to take a huge leap forward this season. His defense is also improving and could be the missing piece in him jumping above the other names on this list soon. This team allowed over 100 points just 15 times and had a lot of strong defenders on this roster. He's still young, so he'll have time to work out those issues. Although many may not have heard of him, Bojan Bogdanovic is a third-year forward for the Brooklyn... 2. Jerryd Bayless is the favorite to start but is significantly below the rest of the players at the position. They always have been a 48-50 win team stuck in what was a 21-40 team's body. NBA Teams Targeted for 'Second Bubble' Should Definitely All Not Do That, Minute Media 2019 12up © All rights reserved, 12 Craziest Sports Stories of the Past 4 Years, Brian Snitker Drops Bomb and Announces Freddie Freeman and Three Others Battling COVID-19, MLB Reports Surprisingly Low Positive COVID-19 Test Percentage and Now the Hard Part Begins. However, Bledsoe appears to be completely healthy entering the season and could be on track to have a huge year. Unlike many other stars, Lillard has gone on the record that he doesn’t want to join a “super team” at any point and prefers to lead his own team. Wall’s offense, defense and basketball intelligence have all come together at the right time to make him a superb point guard. Dallas has a tough path to compete with the better teams in the West. Expect a big comeback season from Teague after his disappointing ending with the Hawks. You’ll never see Hill contend for an All-Star spot or dominate the game. Unfortunately, these five featured players don't help advance the argument. Originally Posted by NYSpirit1. Meanwhile, he's earning 0.7 fewer deflections and 3.0 fewer contested shots per 36 minutes, indicating less involvement on the defensive end—and, when he does get involved, he's doing so against players who tend to operate more on the perimeter, where he's far less fluid. Past NBA days suggested a decent point guard was all that was needed to contend with a dominant big man leading the offense. The most memorable visual of the Finals saw Irving hit a game-winning three-pointer in the final minute of Game Seven. Rajon Rondo was once considered the best pure point guard in the NBA, but that hasn't been the case for a few years now. Similar to his Cavs teammate above, Kyle Korver is only effective when he's stroking it from distance. Every team needs a competent leader at the position for the majority of the ball handling. His offensive game was his biggest weakness and last year proved he’s ready to take the next step as a complete player. No singular metric can perfectly encapsulate defensive play, but grading out poorly in each of these three overarching numbers tends to be a clear-cut indication of lackluster performance. The Brooklyn Nets made their big move of the off-season by signing Jeremy Lin to become their starting point guard. Payton has shown signs of greatness, but has been mediocre through the first two seasons of his NBA career. Curry is arguably the best offensive player in the world at the moment and the Warriors are once again favorites to win it all. Golden State needs their star to improve his defense come the postseason. The old saying is that defense wins championships-- but some guys just get obliterated on that end of the court night after night. Westbrook has the potential to average a triple double this season without Durant lurking by his side. They struck gold when the Atlanta Hawks wanted to ditch Teague. Without Conley, imagine how much Memphis would struggle getting the ball to Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Summing those scores gives us the overall number listed parenthetically next to each of our featured sieves. We are in the golden age of point guards with the competition stronger than ever. We can safely say the 76ers will have another horrendous year unless they acquire an upgrade at the position some point during the season. Everyone expected him and Portland to decline last season following the losses of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez. Wall has become the kind of player that will average 17-20 points and 8-11 assists per game every season moving forward.