NBA: Power Ranking The 10 Worst Starting Point Guards in the NBA


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Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry sets up for a 3-point shot. (Matthew Addie-HeelSports/Flickr.com)

The point guard position is the deepest position in the NBA. However, despite the overall strength of the position, there are still good and bad starting point guards. Here are the 10 worst starting points guards in the NBA.

10. Steve Nash

In no way is Steve Nash a terrible point guard, but since being traded from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers, Nash has been underutilized playing next to Kobe Bryant. Head coach Mike D’Antoni is using an offensive system that makes Nash play off the ball, giving Bryant the role of  being the primary ball handler for the Lakers. This season Nash is averaging 12.6 points and 6.7 assists per game.

Nash is outside of the top 10 in assists for the first time in 13 seasons. The last time Nash was outside of the top 1o, Nick Van Exel was No. 2 in the NBA in assists. Also, Nash continues to be one of the worst defensive players in the league. Nash continues to be a liability on that end of the floor, while his role offensively continues to diminish.

9. Darren Collison

Darren Collison remains one of the better defensive point guards in the NBA. However, Collison’s offensive game has struggled, resulting in his minutes going to veteran point guard Mike James down the stretch towards the playoffs. Collison is averaging 12.1 points, 5.4 assists per game and 2.2 turnovers per game. His minutes have been cut down from almost 30 minutes per game to 25 minutes per game. The 6’0″ point guard is one of the most inefficient point guards in the league with a 14 efficiency rating.

The fact that Collison’s minutes have gone to a 37-year-old point guard in James is the reason why Collison is one of the worst starting point guards in the NBA.

8. Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry‘s three-year stint in Houston saw Lowry improve every season. Starting in 2008-09, Lowry averaged nine points per game. However, at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, Lowry had improved his scoring average to 14.3 points per game. However, his first season in Toronto has seen a decrease in production for Lowry, who is now averaging 11.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. However, now that the Raptors have acquired a legitimate All-Star candidate in Rudy Gay, perhaps Lowry can wiggle his way out of being one of the worst starting point guards in the NBA.

7. Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers has hit a lot of big-time shots for the defending champion Miami Heat. However, Chalmers remains one of least productive night-in, night-out performers in the NBA.  Chalmers is averaging 8.3 points and 3.4 assists per game and primarily plays the role of “give the ball to LeBron James and don’t make a mistake.” That kind of play is reason enough to put him on the 10 worst point guards in the NBA power rankings.

6. Avery Bradley

More of a shooting guard than a point guard. Avery Bradley has been forced into the starting point guard role due to a torn ACL in Rajon Rondo‘s right knee. Bradley provides great defensive tenacity, averaging 1.3 steals per game. Offensively Bradley has done an adequate job of getting the Celtics into its offensive set, but does not have the offensive skills to take over the game like Rondo could. Bradley is averaging 9.2 points and a putrid two assists per game. For example, Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson is averaging 2.1 assists per game, while his teammate Kevin Garnett is averaging 2.3 assists. Bradley’s poor assists numbers are the reason Bradley is among the worst starting point guards in the NBA.

5. Kirk Hinrich

Regular starting point guard Derrick Rose still has not played in a single game this season due to a left ACL tear he suffered during last year’s Eastern Conference playoffs. Thus, the starting point guard duties have fallen to veteran Kirk Hinrich. Hinrich is averaging 7.1 points and 5.3 assists for the Bulls and can still be a threat from 3-point range, as he is shooting 37.8 percent. Hinrich is  a solid on-ball defender. The nine-year veteran makes a great backup point guard. However, the lack of offensive production is the reason that Hinrich is one of the worst starting floor generals in the NBA.

4. Luke Ridnour

The primary ball handling duties for the Minnesota Timberwolves fall to Ricky Rubio. With those duties on Rubio’s shoulders, Ridnour’s role has decreased as the team’s starting point guard. Ridnour is averaging 11.8 points per game and 3.8 assists per game, while providing very little support on the defensive end of the court. Over the last 10 games, Ridnour’s scoring has gone down to eight points per game. Ridnour’s decline in production is the reason Ridnour is one of the worst starting point guards in the NBA.

3. Mo Williams

Mo Williams was brought to the Utah Jazz with expectations that he would perimeter playmaker the Jazz lacked, due to the fact that the Jazz’s two best players are frontcourt mates Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. However, the offense provided by Williams has been merely solid, averaging 12.6 points and 6.4 assists per game.  He is No. 4  on the team in scoring, behind Gordon Hayward. The expectations placed on Mo Williams after signing with the Jazz as a free agent is the reason why Williams is one of the worst starting point guards in the NBA.

2. Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas has the potential to be a very good point guard in the NBA. Thomas is averaging a solid 13.8 points per game and 3.8 assists per game. However, the point guard is the leader in the locker room and Thomas has yet to be a calming influence on center DeMarcus Cousins. Thomas’s inability to keep his talented but immature teammate in line is the reason that Thomas is one of the worst starting point guards in the NBA.

1. Cory Joseph

Cory Joseph has only started nine games this season for the San Antonio Spurs. He has replaced point guard Tony Parker throughout the season either due to ankle injuries or head coach Gregg Popovich’s decision to rest certain key players during the season. While Joseph has started nine games this season, he has only played an average of 12.2 minutes per game, this is regardless of whether he starts or not. Joseph is averaging 4.3 points and 1.6 assists per game. The fact that Joseph starts, but does not get a lot of minutes is the reason why Joseph is the worst starting point guard in the NBA.

Tags: Avery Bradley Cory Joseph Darren Collison Isaiah Thomas Kirk Hinrich Kyle Lowery Luke Ridnour Mario Chalmers Mo Williams Steve Nash

  • http://nada.com Cmon

    Not sure why Kobe is linked to bballreference in this article. He is barely relevant…..

  • Chris Lee

    Whenever you mention a player’s name you provide a link so people can see his stats. It just gives people the option if they want to find out more information on a particular player.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa dude. Just because a guy doesn’t rack up lots of assists doesn’t mean he’s a bad point guard. The system is different, that’s all.

  • Chris Lee

    I assume your referring to Avery Bradley. It’s not just assists, he’s also only averaging 9 points per game. If you don’t have a lot of assists then you have to score points. Bradley doesn’t do that. He a great defensive player, but a below average offensive player in deepest position in basketball. If you don’t mind me asking, who would you replace Bradley with? Thanks for the comment and keep reading.

  • Anonymous

    steve nash is not 9 worst player boiis

  • Mike

    why would you put Corey Joseph in there? You said he doesn’t really start as he only started 9 games and hasn’t gotten much playing time. AJ price is a worse ballplayer and has started 22 games. Steve Blake and Darius Morris both started more games at PG than him and are worse. Aaron Brooks started 20 games this year in Sacramento. This just seems a gratuitous smack to the face of Corey Joseph a clear backup

  • http://www.facebook.com/deco32 Demetrius Williams

    Im sorry but due the fact that DeMarcus Cousins cannot be calmed by anyone should warrant you removing Isaiah Thomas from this list. Not only has he had his best season yet but if you compare and watch what he did to the elite point guards this season you will see he is one of the up and coming better guards. one reason he was chosen to the Rising stars was his play as a POINT GUARD! Also collectively your reason for him being on here was more the weak.

  • Anonymous

    Where is Brandon Knight? Brandon Jennings? Jameer Nelson?

    The real glaring issue? Where is Jamal Tinsley?

    • Nich

      Totally. Those guys are all worse than Lowry and Isaiah.

      Corey Joseph started 12 games and he’s on here? Oooooook lol.

  • http://danilovboas.wordpress.com danilovboas

    Corey Joseph should not be there. He started so few games… he spent this year in D-League. De Colo was the true replace for TP this season, except for the playoffs. Btw, Joseph is doing well in this playoffs.

  • Dale Snitterman

    George Hill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This dude put up a whole 10 ppg and a whopping 3 apg despite playing 32 minutes a game. He has absolutely no court vision, and spends most of his time just dribbling from one side of the 3 line to the other. He’s the main reason the pacers offense stalls and why we finished 29th in assists.

  • Dale Snitterman

    Also like to point out that George Hill finished 42nd in player efficiency ranking amongst all other point guards. To give you an idea of just how bad that is their are only 7 point guards in the entire league who have a worse per and none of them come close to getting more than garbage time let alone starting and playing 32 minutes per game.

    • Phil Watson

      This story is from April 2013, so it’s a little out of date.