Back then, when you thought of the standard prototypical point guard, you thought about a small guy with the incredible passing ability and can score when he wants to. You had players like John Stockton, Steve Nash, and Jason Kidd. The game has evolved so much now that yes point guards still can pass, but their ball handle is tight with players like Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo two of the most prototypical point guards in today’s game. But now we’ve added a different element, explosiveness, using their quickness to finish at the rim. You see that with players like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, and John Wall. Then you have the point guards who have ball handling and can pass but do not excel in their athletic ability, so they rely on shooting like Stephen Curry.
That sets the blueprint for newer players because now they try to combine all of that and try to be an all-around point guard. Some of these players have been doing these things while others are starting to develop those skills. Let’s look at the NBA’s Top 5 Point Guards under 25
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai-Gilgeous Alexander came into his own last season as he was the starter for the Clippers at the shooting guard position. He primarily came in at the point guard position. The thing with Gilgeous Alexander is that he has not found the spot he is a perfect fit for. Coming into the league, the question surrounding him was his shooting ability. Last season he showed out on both ends of the floor, but his teammates Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams took that spotlight away from him with there individual performances. Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 10.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. He shot 36.7 percent from the three-point line. Gilgeous-Alexander was part of the Paul George trade, so he has a new home in Oklahoma City. He likely plays the shooting guard position because Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder already point guards but he if continues to shine the way he does and expands his game he could be a threat in this league.
4. Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray has shown that he has potential in this league and is not afraid to go at opposing point guards. Murray has that ability to start going off, and when he catches fire, he catches fire. Murray can be inconsistent at times. Sometimes he takes shots that should not be made. That should not shy from the fact that Murray can give other guards buckets. He is only 24 years old, and the Nuggets think that he is there point guard for the future after giving him a contract extension this summer. Last season averaging 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Murray is already right point guard, but if he can start being consistent and get his playmaking ability up, he can be a great point guard.
3. Trae Young
Trae Young coming into this league had so much hype around him, due to his ability to shoot the basketball. At Oklahoma, he was just letting fly. The area where Young needs to improve is his finishing ability and keeping that consistent stroke when shooting the basketball. Young has a knack for shooting the basketball and can do so really well, but when the defense starts playing him at half court he has the ball-handling ability to get by but finishing over taller defenders is his issue. Now Young just finished his first year in the league and has time to grow and be that full packaged player. Young is Atlanta’s cornerstone player averaging 16.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. He also needs to work on his ability to not turn over the ball.
2. D’Angelo Russell
D’Angelo Russell made a name for himself last season bringing the Brooklyn Nets to the playoffs. He became an all-star and was in the conversation for Most Improved Player. He averaged 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game. His crafty playmaking and ball-handling on top of his deep shooting range make him hard to guard. He was traded to Golden State this offseason where he will try to fill the role of the second scoring option with Klay Thompson out. We have always known Russell had excellent playmaking abilities, but his craftiness with the ball and him being a lefty gives defenses issues when guarding him. He has been working hard this offseason working on his range and shooting off the dribble. Playing the shooting guard this season should help him limit his turnovers and help him a bit defensively.
1. De’ Aaron Fox
When you talk about fast NBA guards, you think about Westbrook or Wall, but you have to put Fox on the list as well as he is one of the fastest if not the quickest point guard in the league. Coming into the league, he had the quickness, explosiveness, playmaking ability to be a star in the league. Match that with his ability to play the passing lanes, keep up with opposing point guards and alter shots. Fox is one of the best young point guards in the league. The problem with Fox was his shooting ability; everyone was worried he was not gonna have a decent jump shot. He got better shooting 44 percent from the field that is still an area we want to see him improve in. Fox last season averaged 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. A significant improvement from the season before Fox keeps progressing he could see a top point guard in the league.