GV Top 5 is back! It’s Playoff Season once again so for this edition of GV top 5, we ask Team GudVibes on who their favourite Point guards in the NBA are and here’s the Top 5!
5. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Andrew Irving (born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia but grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. He played collegiately at Duke University before being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Cavaliers. Since being in the NBA, Irving has achieved a number of accolades including being the 2011–12 NBA Rookie of the Year and the 2014 NBA All-Star game MVP.
4. Jason Williams
Jason Chandler Williams (born November 18, 1975) is an American retired basketball player who was a point guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for twelve seasons during the late 1990s and 2000s. A native ofWest Virginia, Williams played college basketball for Marshall University and the University of Florida. TheSacramento Kings selected him in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft. Williams also played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, and Orlando Magic throughout his career. Due to his flashy style of play and popularity of theAnd1 Mixtape Tour during his playing years, Williams was given the nickname “White Chocolate”.
He started all of Miami’s playoff games in 2006 when they won the NBA championship. The Heat named Williams one of their top 25 players of all time in 2007
3. Steve Nash
Stephen John “Steve” Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974) is a Canadian retired professional basketballplayer who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a two-time recipient of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. The 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) point guard also led the league in assistsfive times.
After a successful high school basketball career in British Columbia, Nash earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in California. In his four seasons with the Broncos, the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and he was twice named the West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year. Nash graduated from Santa Clara as the team’s all-time leader in assists and was taken as the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. He made minimal impact and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. By his third season with the Mavericks, he was voted to his first NBA All-Star Game and had earned his first All-NBA selection. Together with Dirk Nowitzki andMichael Finley, Nash led the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals the following season. He became a free agent after the 2003–04 season and returned to the Phoenix Suns.
In the 2004–05 season, Nash led the Suns to the Western Conference Finals and was named league’s MVP. He was named MVP again in the 2005–06 season and was runner-up for a third consecutive MVP to Nowitzki in 2006–07. Named by ESPN in 2006 as the ninth greatest point guard of all time, Nash led the league in assists and free-throw percentage at various points in his career. He is also ranked as one of the top players in NBA league history inthree-point shooting, free-throw shooting, total assists, and assists per game.
Nash has been honoured for his contributions to various philanthropic causes. In 2006, he was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He also received the Order of Canada in 2007 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria in 2008. Nash is a co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer (MLS).
2. Steph Curry
Wardell Stephen “Steph” Curry II (born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Listed at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) tall and weighing 190 lb (86 kg), Curry plays the point guard position and is considered by some to be the greatest shooter in NBA history. The 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player and a two-time NBA All-Star, he is the son of former NBA player Dell Curry.
Curry played college basketball for Davidson. There, he was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year and set the all-time scoring record for both Davidson and the Southern Conference. During his sophomore year, Curry also set the single-season NCAA record for three-pointers made.
CURRY WAS SELECTED WITH THE SEVENTH OVERALL PICK IN THE 2009 NBA DRAFT BY THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS. DURING THE2012–13 SEASON, HE SET THE NBA RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS MADE IN A REGULAR SEASON WITH 272. THE NEXT SEASON, CURRY AND TEAMMATE KLAY THOMPSON SET THE NBA RECORD FOR COMBINED THREES IN A SEASON WITH 484 AS THE PAIR WERE GIVEN THE NICKNAME THE “SPLASH BROTHERS”. IN 2014–15, CURRY ECLIPSED HIS OWN RECORD BY KNOCKING DOWN HIS 273RD THREE-POINTER ON APRIL 9, 2015, FINISHING THE REGULAR SEASON WITH 286 THREE-POINTERS AND WAS NAMEDMVP AFTER LEADING THE WARRIORS TO A FRANCHISE-RECORD AND NBA-BEST 67 WINS ON THE SEASON.
1. Allen Iverson
Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for four different teams (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies) during 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played both the shooting guard and point guard positions. Iverson was an eleven-time NBA All-Star, won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005, and was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001.
Iverson attended Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia and was a dual-sport athlete. He earned the Associated Press High School Player of the Year award in both football and basketball, and won the Division AAA Virginia state championship in both sports. After high school, Iverson attended Georgetown University for two years, where he set the school record for career scoring average (22.9 points per game) and won Big East Defensive Player of the Year awards both years.
Following two successful years at Georgetown, Iverson declared eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft, and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1996–97 season. Winning the NBA scoring title during the 1998–99, 2000–01, 2001–02, and 2004–05 seasons, Iverson was one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, despite his small stature (listed at 6 feet, 0 inches). His regular season career scoring average of 26.7 points per game ranks sixth all-time, and his playoff career scoring average of 29.7 points per game is second only to Michael Jordan. Iverson was also the NBA Most Valuable Player of the2000–01 season and led his team to the 2001 NBA Finals the same season. Iverson represented the United Statesat the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning the bronze medal. He also played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistonsand the Memphis Grizzlies, before ending his NBA career with the 76ers during the 2009–10 season.
He was rated the fifth-greatest NBA shooting guard of all time by ESPN in 2008. Iverson officially announced his retirement from professional basketball on October 30, 2013.
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