Jason Kidd Retires: 8 Best Pure Point Guards Since 1994
June 3, 2013 - 11:32 pm
The strangest part of Kidd's 2012-13 season was the total breakdown in his scoring at the end. It's a weird way for Kidd to go out, but somewhat proper - he could barely score when he came into the league, and willed himself into a very effective spot-up shooter. He could still whip the ball around the court, and hustled hard until his final game.
Paul has caught flack this offseason for not pushing the Clippers over the hump, and for possibly getting coach Vinny Del Negro canned, but let's be honest: both those things are not Paul's fault. He may be harsh on his teammates, but so was Michael Jordan. He may be on your TV screen with a fake mustache entirely too much, but so is teammate Blake Griffin (sans 'stache).
Basketball-wise, there's no one better at the moment at dishing passes and setting up teammates. Paul can score more than Kidd, but he still is a quarterback on the hardwood, and ranks no. 3 all time in assists per game at 9.8. He's also no. 3 all time in steals per game, two huge facets of playing the point.
Nash has had a big decline in recent seasons, but his two MVP awards were for his outstanding PG play, his deadeye shooting and his leadership skills. That's everything you look for in a pure point guard. Nash had five seasons of 11+ assists per game, which is John Stockton-level dimes.
The biggest drawback to Nash's career is his health and lack of a title ring, but Kidd didn't win his until 2011, so Nash certainly has some shots left.
Williams had a schizophrenic 2012-13, and health was most likely the reason. Just a few years ago there was a legitimate debate over Paul vs. Deron, but CP3 has mostly squashed that. Still, Williams can go off for 50 at seemingly any time, and if he comes back strong in 2013-14, he can vault himself into the upper echelon of NBA players again.
Williams is good for 10 assists per game at his best, plus some electrifying drives to the hoop.
Miller has never been a superstar, but the veteran was simply born to dish a pass. With a 7.1 career assist average, Miller has plied his wares on five different teams and has always been a solid contributor.
Calderon has been one of the more successful foreign imports in the last decade, and he's done it with some solid if unspectacular point guard play. He's dished 7.2 APG in his career, is a terrific free throw shooter and an efficient shooter from long distance and the floor.