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Who is the best point guard in the NBA right now? The Sonics Rising staff voted on all 30 starters and ranked them so you wouldn't have to.

Edited by Chris Meirose

Thearon W. Henderson

Here at Sonics Rising over the past few weeks leading up to the 2014-15 NBA season we have ranked League Pass teams, court designs, coaches, benches, front offices and ranked players by position as well.

To cap off those preseason player rankings, I present to you: The Point Guards.

Rank

Player

Highest Rank

Lowest Rank

Average Rank

30

Raymond Felton

27

30

29.7

29

Mario Chalmers

25

29

27.7

28

Brandon Knight

20

30

25.9

27

Jeremy Lin

22

29

25.8

26

Victor Oladipo

23

27

25.5

25

Trey Burke

21

29

24.8

24

Darren Collison

21

29

24.8

23

Brandon Jennings

21

28

24.4

I'm not so sure that all of these guys will still be starting by Christmas. Are we sure that Knight, Oladipo and Jennings are point guards? I'm not totally convinced. I'm also not totally convinced that Lin, Felton and Burke are their respective team's best options at the position. This collection of names makes me nauseous; let's move on.

Rank

Player

Highest Rank

Lowest Rank

Average Rank

22

Jose Calderon

17

25

20.8

21

Michael Carter-Williams

18

24

20.6

20

Patrick Beverly

14

29

20.6

19

George Hill

15

23

19.5

18

Ricky Rubio

13

23

17.8

17

Jeff Teague

14

19

17.4

16

Deron Williams

10

26

17

15

Kemba Walker

14

19

16.3

A little more consistency in this tier. These guys are all starters and excel in at least one aspect of the game. Calderon and Rubio are great passers, MCW is long and rebounds and defends well for his position, while Beverly is the on-court equivalent to opposing guards of a gnat at a backyard cookout; the one that just bugs the hell out of you and you can't kill it and you eventually smack a plate out of someone's hand trying to kill it. Also, it looks like someone still think Deron Williams is a top 10 point guard, perhaps he can regain his spot among the greatest this season, but for now, Kemba Walker and these next guys rank ahead of him.

Rank

Player

Highest Rank

Lowest Rank

Average Rank

14

Jrue Holliday

12

16

14.2

13

Ty Lawson

11

16

13.3

12

Kyle Lowry

11

14

12.7

11

Mike Conley

9

22

11.6

10

Goran Dragic

6

12

9.8

9

Tony Parker

4

13

8.1

Each of these point guards would start on a playoff team, and each of them continue to get better each year while the elder statesmen of the tier, Tony Parker, continues to play at a high level. Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic took big leaps last year, perhaps this year we'll see Holliday and Lawson do the same.

Rank

Player

Highest Rank

Lowest Rank

Average Rank

8

Derrick Rose

5

9

7.1

7

Rajon Rondo

4

8

6.6

A few seasons ago, these players were in the top five among all of the point guards in the league. A few injuries later, some people think that they have fallen off. We saw glimpses of Rondo's magic last season in the 30 games that he played, and Rose showed that he still has his elite athleticism over the summer at the FIBA games. For the sake of great basketball, let's hope that these players return to their All-Star 2011 versions of themselves.

Rank

Player

Highest Rank

Lowest Rank

Average Rank

6

Kyrie Irving

3

10

6

5

Russell Westbrook

2

11

5.4

4

John Wall

2

8

4.6

3

Damian Lillard

2

8

4.4

2

Stephen Curry

2

5

2.8

These are the point guards we'll get to potentially watch grow into superstars over the next few years. Except for Irving, these floor generals have all helped lead their teams to a playoff appearance, and with the help of LeBron James and Kevin Love, Irving has the chance to match his peers this season. These are also the five guys with the best chances of dethroning our unanimous number one point guard over the next few seasons.

Chris Paul, unanimous number one selection

Here's a mix someone made of CP3 ripping up the NBA for the past 9 seasons:

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