While defensive skill may not make the top of the list when teams appoint their starting point guards, it is undeniable the flexibility these token talents have given teams such who have witnessed Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul work their magic both sides of the court.
So who are the big names of the game that have managed to stand out at the position based on their defensive skills? Here are our top three picks.
- Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics point guard,Rajon Rondo’s passion drives him towards fearlessness defending against the NBA’s leading offensive players even if its 2011 MVP LeBron James.
However, Rajon Rondo is always ready to pitch in any way the team requires, against anyone it needs defending, whether the opponent is a bit undersized or holds massive weight advantage.
Additionally, Rajon Rondo makes calculated moves, always aware of his opponent’s movements. His capitalization on loose balls ranked him sixth in the league with an average 1.8 steals per game in the 2011 season.
- Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
The 27-year-old Chris Paul’s has dedicated his whole career to qualify as an elite defensive point guard after also making the second team All-Defense during the 2007-2008 and 2010-2009 seasons.
Chris Paul’s No.1 ranking in the league after averaging 2.53 steals per game last season, speak volumes of his excellent footwork on the defensive end and remarkable awareness of opponent’s movements.
- Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets
Moreover, Deron Williams has been often compared with the Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul all through his career, but the 28-year-old Brooklyn Nets player will have to retouch on his defensive skills before qualifying to join that league.