We’re witnessing an era of some truly great point guards in the NBA, so it’s no surprise that so many of them litter CBS Sports’ NBA Top 100 player rankings. From traditional pass-first guards like Chris Paul and Ben Simmons, to the sharpshooters and triple threats in Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard, there is a wide range in what a point guard can be in today’s game.
A position that used to be filled by guys with the primary role of getting other teammates involved and rack up assists, while using scoring as a secondary option, point guards today have broken that mold. Many of them can create opportunities for their teammates, but more emphasis has been put on the scoring point guard, who can draw defenses in and kick it out to a shooter on the wing. We’re seeing a lot of more of the Lillards and Currys of the world, letting the ball fly from 30 feet as soon as they get past half court. That was once considered a terrible shot, and not the role of the point guard. Now, though, if you can have a player who can knock them down at a consistent rate from that range, it’s encouraged.
The top 15 point guards on this list feature a mix of seasoned veterans like Kyle Lowry and Kyrie Irving, who have made names for themselves as being among the elite at their position for several years. There are also guys just starting out like Trae Young and Ja Morant, who are already showing that the game will be in good hands going forward. Here are our top 15 point guards for the 2020-21 season.