Jason Kidd retired today (June 3) after 19 years in the NBA, and has a strong case as the best pure point guard in history.
Let's get it out of the way first: it's hard to discuss Kidd's career without mentioning the fact that he hit his wife multiple times and was arrested for drunk driving days after signing his most recent contract with the Knicks. There's an argument to be made that the Hall of Fame is not the Hall of Character, and that plenty of evil men are enshrined in Cooperstown, Canton, and Springfield.
But that's an argument for another day. Think of Kidd as numbers in a spreadsheet, and those numbers indicate that Kidd was one of the best pure point guards ever. By sheer passing stats, Kidd is no. 2 all time. So who has a claim to no. 1?
Lets limit this list to guys who've come into the league since Kidd debuted in 1994. The game has changed a lot since the Showtime days of Magic, and the point guard position has shifted as well. Forget the high-volume scorers like Baron Davis and Stephon Marbury - this is more about the guys who could pass and lead their teams. So who are the best pure PGs around?