NBA’s Top three defensive Point Guards

10/5/12 in NBA   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

A conventional point guard will only bring to mind the crucial need for proper ball handling skills, and having a heavy impact on assists and opening scoring opportunities, but the NBA’s elite points guards go beyond such primary steps. What sets them apart from their counterparts are undoubtedly their rare and much talked about defensive skills.
 
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
While Rajon Rondo made the NBA’s second team All-Defensive last season, his level of defensive skills are unmatched by any other point guards across the league.
 
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
Chris Paul made franchise history last season by becoming the first player earns NBA’s first team All-Defensive honors. However, this was the second time Chris Paul made the first team All-Defensive, having previously named to the honor in the 2008-2009 season with the New Orleans Hornets.
 
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
A long battle stood over the acquisition of this Deron Williams during free agency and Brooklyn Nets couldn’t have been gladder when they won NBA’s most touted point guard the past offseason. Deron Williams’ ability to defensively dominate opponent’s guards, fight through screen and contesting shots will certainly help the Brooklyn Nets as they attempt to make the playoffs this season.
 
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.
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