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Ranking: Our Top 5 Point Guards In The NBA Going Into 2017-18 

We kick off our annual BDS Rank by ranking the top five PG’s in the league heading into the 2017-18 season. This ranking is based off each players performance in the 2016-17 season. Check it out below.

5. Isaiah Thomas

This man put up 29 points a game, at 5-foot-9, single handedly made the Celtics cool again and led them to the top of the East, dropped 53 points in a playoff game (most since AI in 2003) and literally gave his blood, sweat and tears to the franchise. If Russell Westbrook and James Harden didn’t have such historical statistical years, Thomas had all the credentials to make that MVP race one for the ages. To not put him in the top five at his position would be pure disrespect. Hell, with the season he had, ranking him number five is disrespectful.

4. Damian Lillard

Dame queitly had a monster statistical season putting up 27, 5 and 6 a night this past season. The most underrated star in the league, Lillard can do everything Steph and Kyrie do, but he’s bigger and more athletic than them. A lack of pieces around him, combined with being in a small market in the loaded Western Conference has led him to continue getting slept on. Put this dude in the Eastern Conference and he’s an MVP candidate, because not many players in the league can put a team on their back like he can. Among athletic guards Lillard is the most skilled, which is what makes him so lethal. He can shoot the lights out like Curry on a good night, when he chooses to facilitate, he can make plays like CP3 and he can even weave through defenses like Kyrie. On top of all this, the Oakland native has the first step and explosiveness to blow past defenders and finish strong at the rim. If you think about it, Lillard is a blend of all the best PG’s in the league. 

3. Kyrie Irving

People tend to forget that just last year Kyrie Irving hit one of the biggest shots in NBA history to help lead the Cavs to the 2016 NBA title, which eventually led the league to where it is today. Arguably the most skilled PG ever, Irving is a wizard with the basketball. Playing in LeBron James’ gigantic shadow and still having 40 point performances in the NBA Finals goes to show how nasty this dude really is. Irving’s offensive arsenal is something the league has never seen before. The crazy part about it is he hasn’t even been able to fully showcase it to its maximum over the past few years. His ability to handle the ball, shoot, finish at the rim and make plays is one of the most pure basketball shows in the league. Don’t be surprised if Kyrie at the top of this list next year, he has all the tools and is finally about to put them to use. Make no mistake about it, this dude is going for the scoring title, MVP and trying to lead Boston to the Finals all in one season, because he knows he can. 

2. Stephen Curry

Steph Curry has single handedly changed the game of basketball. The first thing kids do when they get into a gym nowadays is shoot a three pointer. His ability to pull up from 35 feet on any given posession, with defenders draped all over him and still make shots, consistently, is something that has changed how games in the NBA are played. Think about that. This small ball, stretched out, perimeter heavy NBA is because of one dude; The two-time MVP, who has been having 40 point, 10 + assist games through three quarters of play and doing it all so gracefully, for the past three years. The calmness in his game is something we’ve never seen before from a star. If it isn’t for the next guys monster year, it would be a crime to not put Steph at number one.

1. Russell Westbrook

Not putting Russell Westbrook at No.1 on this list would be the equivlant of not ranking Shaq as the best big man in the NBA in the early 2000’s. He averaged a triple-double, had multiple 50 point games (with 10 + assists and boards) hit ridiculous game winners, led a team that had no business being in the playoffs to a sixth seed and set records that may never be touched again. This guy is a freak of nature and there isn’t a player or defense in the league that can stop him from getting to the rim. His triple double wasn’t a baby triple-double either, dude led the league in scoring with 32 a night and did it all with ease. Russ in the 2016-17 regular season was a script that only God could write. The reigning MVP is the most dominant PG the NBA has ever seen.

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