Most NBA fans know who the top point guards are, the Chris Pauls and Russell Westbrooks of the league. And rightfully so, they are the best of the best and certainly deserve to be on top of the NBA for their respective position. But what about the other guys? What about the players who have put up great numbers this year, but fall short in people's top rankings, for whatever reason. Sometimes, it's because the team they play on isn't very successful, other times, it's because of the market, as bigger market teams will garner much more exposure than smaller market teams. Either way, these players need some much deserved attention, as their production has been more than just good.
5) Ty Lawson
Stat line: 17.6 PPG, 8.8 APG, 43.1% FG%, 35.6% from downtown. 19.0 PER, .136 WS/48.
Ty Lawson has been, by far, Denver's best player. The 5'10'' point guard has taken the reigns of the offense and has been a very bright spot on an ultimately forgettable season for the Nuggets. Lawson has developed well over the past four seasons, improving on his numbers just about every season, and he has learned how to run an NBA offense.
Lawson is quite possibly the fastest player in the current NBA and his ability to run a fast break is one of the best for his position. Lawson has put up these big numbers despite a coaching change for the Nuggets, going from George Karl and his fast paced offense to Brian Shaw and his more deliberately paced offense. Nuggets' fans everywhere should be excited for what Lawson can bring in the future.
4) Eric Bledsoe
Stat line: 17.9 PPG, 5.7 APG, 47.4% FG%, 34.6% from downtown. 19.6 PER, .143 WS/48.
The Clippers have to be kicking themselves for trading Bledsoe before the season started. Bledsoe was traded alongside Caron Butler for J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, who both fit well with the team, stretching the floor for Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but Bledsoe has almost officially developed into a star player with the Phoenix Suns.
Bledsoe has been a revelation for Phoenix, having been a big part of the team's success until going down with injury earlier this year. Bledsoe's offensive game has been near elite, however the injury has bumped him down a few notches. He is supremely athletic and is still only 24 years old. The Suns may have struck gold.
3) Isaiah Thomas
Stat line: 20.7 PPG, 6.4 APG, 45.3% FG%, 35.4% from downtown. 20.8 PER, .153 WS/48
Isaiah Thomas has been the greatest draft steal in recent memory, having been selected with the final pick of the 2011 NBA draft; he is quite possibly the best point guard selected in a draft that includes injury prone Kyrie Irving, not yet developed Brandon Knight, shot heavy Kemba Walker, and Jimmer Fredette. Thomas is an undersized talent, but he definitely knows how to use his speed and athleticism to get to where he wants to go and where he is most effective.
The Kings have a very good foundation between Thomas, DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay; it's all a matter of bringing in the right role players to help the team finally make the playoffs.
2) Kyle Lowry
Stat line: 17.7 PPG, 7.5 APG, 4.7 RPG, 42.0% FG%, 37.8% from downtown. 20.0 PER, .195 WS/48.
Kyle Lowry has absolutely broken out with the Toronto Raptors. Lowry is having a career high in points per game, assists per game and rebounds per game, all while posting up, by far, his best Defensive Win Shares of his career with 3.3 on the season. Lowry has been a top-five point guard, by advanced stats, as he has really improved his game, both offensively and defensively.
Lowry has had questions with his health in recent seasons, but appears to be past that, as the Raptors are gearing up for the playoffs, largely thanks to the play of Lowry and trading Rudy Gay to the Kings.
1) Goran Dragic
Stat line: 20.5 PPG, 5.9 APG, 50.9 FG%, 41.9% from downtown. 21.7 PER, .193 WS/48.
Despite Eric Bledsoe's brilliance, the main driving force behind the surprising Phoenix Suns playoff run is Goran Dragic. The man who was Steve Nash's understudy years before has really developed into a top guard, as he has excelled with, or without, Bledsoe there to draw defensive attention from him. Dragic has shot as well as Nash used to, except for free throws, where he has been a bit lackluster, shooting only 76.2% from the charity stripe, falling well short of the 90% that he would have needed to join the 50-40-90 club.
The Suns have the 27-year-old point guard under a very manageable contract for the next few seasons, so this Phoenix squad could very realistically stay together and contend for a few more seasons.