Point guards are the primary ball handlers. They must navigate opposing defenses and locate open teammates while finding opportune times to score. Plus, they are given the tall task of defending opposing lead guards.
From 2000-10, the NBA had a wide variety of star point guards. This decade featured elite playmakers, scorers, and athletes.
Each point guard has their own strengths. But, what if the best of the best was combined into one player? Utilizing players from 2000-10, the ultimate point guard was constructed.
Playmaking: Steve Nash
Elite playmaking point guards have a knack for finding open teammates. None were better than Steve Nash. He finished with a career average of 8.5 dimes per game and sits fourth on the all-time assists list. Nash was a four-time assist champion from 2005-10, averaging 10.9 assists during that stretch.
Handling: Allen Iverson
Shifty guards with unique handles are impossible to stop. They create massive separation off the dribble, leading to wide-open shots. Few have done it like Allen Iverson. He is widely considered a top-two dribbler of all time, alongside Kyrie Irving. Through the years, players have attempted to replicate AI’s patented hesitation crossover.
Shooting: Gilbert Arenas
Star guards must be able to score in bunches. A silky-smooth jump shot can turn players into an unstoppable force. Not only could Gilbert Arenas knock down 3-pointers, but his mid-range game was fantastic.
From 2004-07, prime Arenas was a walking bucket. He averaged 27.7 points during the span while shooting over 43% and 36% on 3-pointers. At 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Arenas was a large PG ahead of his time.
Finishing: Allen Iverson
AI makes his second appearance on the list with his ability to finish at the rim. Since point guards are usually the smallest players on the court, rim protectors can swat shots away in the paint. However, thanks to his athleticism and touch, Iverson was an exception.
Over 60% of his career points came from 2-pointers. In Iverson’s 2001 MVP season, he shot over 60% within five feet of the rim. For a guard, especially 6-foot AI, these are splendid numbers.
Defense: Jason Kidd
Being a good defensive guard requires exceptional lateral quickness, recovery speed, and IQ. Jason Kidd — one of the best all-around players — put all of that on display. The Kidd was a crafty and intelligent player, as expected for a defender and playmaker of his caliber.
He made nine All-Defensive teams, including four first teams. Kidd finished with a 1.9-steal career average; he is second on the all-time steals list. Moreover, Kidd had terrific defensive versatility thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame.
Athleticism: Baron Davis
NBA players are among the best athletes in the world. In particular, athletic guards are show-stoppers that can steal the spotlight. Seeing a thunderous dunk slammed over an opposing player is one of sports’ most gratifying moments.
Baron Davis delivered plenty of jaw-dropping sequences. His vertical jump was never officially reported, but it was rumored to be around 40 inches. While Davis had an impressive leaping ability, his quickness and ferocity made him unique. Through the years, Davis kept printers busy with a long line of posters.