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The best point guard in the league is Rajon Rondo. You heard it! Name me another point guard that is as big of a part of the game on every level as this man is. The guy is an elite defender, (league leader in steals), he is as gritty and tenacious as any man in the league, and he grabs boards like he was a young Shawn Kemp.

Lets compare him to other top point guards such as Nash, Rose, Paul, and Williams. Nash definitely has the ball in his hands the entire game on the offensive side of the ball. He is always at the top of the league in assists, and his jumpshot is as crisp as any. He has found a nitch in the NBA and he gives nonathletic white men hope from all corners of the globe. Despite all of this, he couldn't defend a box of crayons from a group of pre-schoolers, and if you ask him to grab an occasional rebound, that would be like asking Jon Kinne to join the peace corps (He's a marine don't ya know).

Rose is an athletic anomaly like Rondo, but is jumper is shaky too, and he doesn't have the intelligence and presence that Rondo has on the court. He also can't touch him in rebounds or steals, but maybe in a few years he could be near Rondo's level.



Chris Paul had been the unanimous best point guard in the league before his injury. When healthy, he is a league leader in steals, points per game, and rebounds amongst point guards. However, last year after coming off an injury the previous year, his numbers took a noticeable dip. They are still up with with the leagues best, but perhaps he has peaked too early. Also keep in mind, Rondo plays with a cast of all stars, so his numbers are all the more impressive because if he were on a sub par team, he would average a lot more points.

I would argue that the second best point guard in the league at this point in time is Deron Williams. Last year the guy averaged near nineteen points per game, a little over ten dimes, and a career high four rebounds. If you compare that to Rondo's 13.7, 9.8, and 4.4, you may think that Deron is the better player. He has great size for a guard, 6-3 to Rondo's 6-1, and he is nearly every bit the athlete that Rondo is. However, he is not a game changer on defense like Rondo is, and he could not single-handedly carry his team in the playoffs like Rondo can and did. In the playoffs the least three years, the biggest game changer on the floor at all times was Rajon Rondo because of all of the intangibles that he brought to the table. While Williams was climbing mountains in Utah, Rondo was manhandling players on the court.

Rondo plays the game with such grace and composure, that he can do things on the court that guards like Chris Paul wouldn't dream of. He has freakishly large hands, so he can contort through small paths like a magician, and he is such an athlete that he can get to the rim at will. If he only developed a half way decent jump shot he would be among the games super elite.

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