This season we have seen an emergence of elite point guards coming from the Eastern Conference. 5 point guards from the East made the All-Star team this season. This really shows the true depth at the point guard position in this conference is insane. A common debate this year is which point guard from the eastern conference is truly the best this season. Here’s my top 5 list ranking the best point guards in the East so far this season.
5. Kemba Walker
It seems like every season Kemba Walker is improving on what has already been an impressive career for him. This season, Walker will be participating in his first career All-Star game. Walker has been phenomenal scoring this season averaging 23 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, and 41% from behind the arch. These are all career highs for him.
Walker usually gets lost in the discussion of top point guards in the NBA being on an average team, but his ability to score the basketball is up there with the top guys and should be entered into that discussion. Walker isn’t the best playmaker averaging 5.5 assists but only turns the ball over 2.3 times a game. If Walker’s playmaking improved, he would definitely be put into the conversation more of elite point guards.
4. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie is also having a career best season and he’s on pace to have one of the healthiest seasons of his career. We got to see what a healthy Kyrie can do in the playoffs and the expectations after their playoff run was high. He’s answered the hype with a career high of 24.4 points per game on 46.9% from the field, 40.8 from behind the 3-point line, 5.6 assists, and 1.2 steals. Kyrie has shown us what he can really do, but people think he’s the best in the east or the top 5 in the whole NBA. That’s not quite the case yet.
Kyrie is an elite scorer/shooter, but I don’t think he is a better playmaker than the next three point guards. In my opinion, I don’t think the teams that the next three point guards on this list are on improve if you swap their best point guard with Kyrie. In the past, and the few games LeBron has missed this season, we haven’t seen the Cavs play well with Kyrie controlling the ball without LeBron for most of a game. Kyrie is only 24, he has time to climb up this list. For this season though he’s 4th in the east.
3. Kyle Lowry
To keep the trend going, Kyle Lowry is having his best season of his career at the age of 30. Lowry has been one of the biggest reasons for the Raptors success this season especially with DeRozan starting to cool off after his great start. He’s currently averaging 22.4 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the floor, 42.2% from behind the arc, 6.9 assists and 1.6 steals. Lowry and Kyrie are neck and neck when it comes to who has been better this year.
Lowry has been a better playmaker averaging more assists and a better turnover to assist ratio this season. Lowry has just been slightly better than Kyrie this season, despite Irving being the better scorer.
2. Isaiah Thomas
Last year we say Isaiah Thomas compete in his first all-star game of his career. He’s gone from being a 5’9’’point guard selected with the last pick in the NBA draft to a possible MVP candidate this year. That’s insane. He’s averaging 29.1 points per game, shooting 46.2% from the field, 38% from behind the 3-point line and 6.2 assists. Thomas has proven to be an elite scorer, being able to be so elusive driving to the basket and consistently being able to hit the mid-range/ 3- point jumper.
Thomas also gets a bad rep for his defense, but in reality, he’s really good with sticking to his man despite being vertically challenged compared to most. If Thomas keeps this type of play up, we can see the Celtics giving the Cavs good run for their money in the Eastern Conference Finals.
1. John Wall
In my opinion, John Wall is the best point guard in the east this season. Wall may not be as great of a shooter from mid-range or the 3-poingt line, but he makes up for it in so many ways. This season, he’s averaging 23.1 points per game, shooting 46.4% from the field, 31.7% from the 3-point line, 2.2 steals and 10.1 assists. Wall makes up for the lack of knock down shooting by being one of the most athletic guys in the NBA and arguably the quickest guard off the dribble. He’s so dangerous driving to the whole and being able to either finish with the best of them or dish it out to an open man.
Another great quality of Wall is his defense. He forces a lot of turnovers and is by far the best man to man guard on this list. Wall is carrying the Wizards who are currently in 5th in the conference. Wall has been crazy this season and I can’t wait to see if he can keep it up in the 2nd half.