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Sunday, October 17th, 2010 at 8:00 am  |  106 responses

Top 50: Chris Paul, no. 7

The definitive ranking of the NBA’s best players.

by Myles Brown / @mdotbrown

It’s only right, I suppose. The two of them, one right after the other.

Nah. Fuck that. This is wrong.

Point guards are a largely slept upon bunch, mostly due to our own misplaced values. They don’t score or rebound at the rate of post or swingmen and they’re a comparatively less intimidating defensive presence. With only three or so exceptions, point guards don’t win MVP and they don’t winChris Paul championships.

Due to such thinking-logical as it may be-floor generals have practically been relegated to a subspecies, left only to argue amongst themselves as to who is best since they can’t be considered alongside their contemporaries.

Which is why were constantly quibbling about whether Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA rather than the best player, period.

When such debate arises, the question of who’s the leagues best playmaker is routinely answered with another. ‘How can Chris Paul be the best point guard when Deron Williams dominates him in head to head matchups?’ Well, the same way The Wire can be the best show on TV yet have no ratings or Emmys to show for it. The game is rigged. Right, Bodie?

Deron Williams should get the best of any head to head matchup. He’s bigger, stronger and has better teammates. But in comparing overall ability and production, Paul can hold his own with anyone in the league, not just Williams.

Besides LeBron James, is there anyone more dangerous in the open court than Chris Paul? Including LeBron James-and Steve Nash, for that matter-is there a better passer in the NBA? Vision, timing, accuracy, discernment and at such a breakneck speed? Methinks not.

Are there more clutch players? Better leaders? Stronger competitors? More efficient players? More talented players? More valuable players? Maybe, but six still seems like three too many.

And when considering those three, consider the excuses we afforded them in their claims for supremacy. ‘He’s stuck under bad management!’ ‘He doesn’t have a good coach!’ ‘He doesn’t have any teammates!’ Well now they have everything they need. Now it’s Chris Paul’s turn.

The other name consistently coupled with Chris Paul-the one I’m more inclined to mention-is Isiah Thomas, one of the three aforementioned exceptions. Obviously not as a competitor, like Williams, just as a reference point. But because the name Isiah Thomas draws little more than laughter in many circles, such a reference is lost. To those I say, that guy with the pills, the guy who called that gal a bitch, the guy who killed the CBA, the Knicks and possibly your pet turtle? He was a bad motherfucker. So no, you shut your mouth.

He has no gold medal and only one Finals MVP to show for it, but let it be said loudly and often that Isiah Thomas won back to back titles when Jordan, Magic and Bird were at or near their prime. Think about it. While that and a dollar still won’t get you a coffee at Starbucks, it will get you the eternal respect of your peers, even if it is begrudging. And maybe a lapdance on Thursdays when Cinnamon is working.

Anyway, as I was saying. Same uncontainable speed, quickness, ball handling, heart and desire. Same strength of leadership. And Chris Paul could do the same thing: beat the unbeatable. Twice even.

You don’t believe me? I’ll prove it you. Just help me get him the hell out of New Orleans.

Then we can talk about these other six guys in front of him again. But please, no more about Deron Williams. It’s just getting silly.

SLAMonline TOP 50 PLAYERS OVERALL RANK POSITION RANK
Player Team Position 2010 2009 2010 2009
Ray Allen Celtics SG 50 36 10 9
Gilbert Arenas Wizards SG 49 34 9 8
Lamar Odom Lakers PF 48 33 14 10
John Wall Wizards PG 47 NR 13 NR
OJ Mayo Grizzlies SG 46 46 8 12
Al Horford Hawks C 45 NR 6 NR
Jason Kidd Mavs PG 44 45 12 10
Joakim Noah Bulls C 43 NR 5 NR
LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers PF 42 39 13 12
David West Hornets PF 41 31 12 8
Monta Ellis Warriors SG 40 NR 7 NR
Andrew Bogut Bucks C 39 NR 4 NR
Yao Ming Rockets C 38 NR 3 NR
Brandon Jennings Bucks PG 37 NR 11 NR
Zach Randolph Grizzlies PF 36 NR 11 NR
Stephen Curry Warriors PG 35 NR 10 NR
David Lee Warriors PF 34 NR 10 NR
Brook Lopez Nets C 33 NR 2 NR
Gerald Wallace Bobcats SF 32 NR 7 NR
Manu Ginobili Spurs SG 31 29 6 7
Tony Parker Spurs PG 30 15 9 3
Kevin Garnett Celtics PF 29 13 9 3
Rudy Gay Grizzlies SF 28 44 6 9
Josh Smith Hawks PF 27 40 8 13
Andre Iguodala 76ers SG 26 26 5 6
Al Jefferson Jazz PF 25 23 7 7
Russell Westbrook Thunder PG 24 NR 8 NR
Chauncey Billups Nuggets PG 23 19 7 5
Tyreke Evans Kings PG 22 NR 6 NR
Danny Granger Pacers SF 21 21 5 5
Carlos Boozer Bulls PF 20 32 6 9
Paul Pierce Celtics SF 19 17 4 4
Joe Johnson Hawks SG 18 20 4 4
Rajon Rondo Celtics PG 17 27 5 8
Amar’e Stoudemire Knicks PF 16 16 5 6
Steve Nash Suns PG 15 22 4 6
Tim Duncan Spurs PF 14 6 4 1
Chris Bosh Heat PF 13 13 3 4
Derrick Rose Bulls PG 12 18 3 4
Brandon Roy Blazers SG 11 10 3 3
Pau Gasol Lakers PF 10 14 2 5
Dirk Nowiztki Mavs PF 9 9 1 2
Deron Williams Jazz PG 8 11 2 2
Chris Paul Hornets PG 7 4 1 1

Notes
• Rankings are based solely on projected ’10-11 performance.
• Contributors to this list include: Jeremy Bauman, Maurice Bobb, Erildas Budraitis, Sean Ceglinsky, Ben Collins, Bryan Crawford, Sandy Dover, Adam Figman, Manny Maduakolam, Eddie Maisonet, Ryne Nelson, Doobie Okon, Ben Osborne, Charles Peach, Branden Peters, Quinn Peterson, David Schnur, Todd Spehr, Kyle Stack, Adam Sweeney, Dennis Tarwood, Tracy Weissenberg, Lang Whitaker, Eric Woodyard, and Nima Zarrabi.
• Want more of the SLAMonline Top 50? Check out the archive.

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  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    “With only three or so exceptions, point guards don’t win MVP and they don’t win championships.” Well, I think every team that won a chip had a point guard.

  • chexiaobei

    Yo,Myles Brown,Joe Dumars was inducted into Hall of Fame as Player in 2006

  • http://bugmarley.com LeoneL

    Oh Myles, please stop with the whole getting Chris Paul out of New Orleans thing. It’s just getting silly.

  • h smo

    Tight I agree get him out of N.O.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Melo must be having a beast year lol!

  • tavoris

    Isiah had two current HOF players (Dumars and Dantley), as well as one that should be (Rodman). In addition to Chuck Daly.
    Zeke was a baaaaaad man, but u can do a lil better than that, Myles.

  • Ganchan

    It’s hilarious to me that people think D Howard is better than Chris Paul at basketball. I realize they play different positions but if Chris Paul was on Orlando it would be his team.

  • VisionofGreatness

    I’d say Chris Paul is an intimidating defensive presence. After he picks your pocket and intercepts passes in the passing lane, I’d say one needs to watch out for him while playing against him. Chris Paul intimidates his opponents on both sides of the ball, period. D-Will and CP3 will be compared for their whole careers because they came in together. Watch them both play. They do what they want on the court without anyone being able to stop them. Ask the Atlanta Hawks about how much a great point guard is needed unless you run a triangle offense or have LeBron James (who is a point guard in a power forward’s body). And CP3 doesn’t have to leave New Orleans to win. Some people just aren’t going to win lol. Sometimes, teams are just better than you. He and Melo could go to New York or New Jersey..the Magic, Celtics and Heat will still be better. Sometimes, a player just comes at the wrong time. Karl Malone, John Stockton, and Charles Barkley weren’t going to win because of Jordan and the Bulls. Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and D-Rose will have to battle the Heat. That’s just how it is sometimes.

  • thegfunk

    Little man doin big things in the BIG EASY!

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Love this baller.

  • Justin

    Love Chris Paul, but he is not a better passer than Steve Nash

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^agreed.

  • EJ

    Better than Dwight and Melo. It’s just cause he was injured.
    6. Melo
    5. D12
    4. Wade
    3. Bron
    2. KB
    1. KD

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    The Hornets ARE Chris Paul; underrated team that gets it done with heart and passion. Strength through adversity. They might be slow to figure it out in the pre-season but don’t be surprised if a healthy Paul can will the Hornets to the 7th or 8th seed in the playoffs. A lost season will stoke that competitive fire, don’t you doubt.

  • VisionofGreatness

    His Hornets teams remind me of AI’s Sixers. One player whose talent is so far above and beyond the rest of his teammates to the point where he has to carry them with his talent, heart and passion. The Sixers are just starting to recover from the first time AI was traded…the Hornets would take a while to recover in the same way.

  • hammer

    Question is can paul stay healthy. That’s what irked me bout paul during the summer. Asking the team what they were gonna do 2 improve the team when his @ss couldn’t stay healthy n order 4 the hornets 2 have some success. Look n the mirror paul. Yes its tru hornets haven’t done enuff 2 improve the team. But chris just needed 2 shut the f**k up,which I’m glad he did

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    The one concern for me is coaching; Monty is a rookie coach, not quite the guy you want at the helm during the most critical period of your franchise’s hopes for the future. I wish they had hired Avery Johnson instead.

  • KB8toSG8

    I’m just not feeling it. D-Will still is the dream PG.

  • Justin

    ^^^ I thought it was Magic? lol

  • KB8toSG8

    @Justin…….present PGs……Magic is still at the top lol. No-one can outdo him on the fast break.

  • JTaylor21

    I love the NO but Zeke reincarnated needs to get the hell out of there. The hornets are wasting his talent with the likes of the highly overrated DWest, a glorified oop-catcher in Okafor, and a I’m only great in my own mind Ariza. CP3 take your a** to NY with Amare and D’Antoni, you might not win a chip but just imagine the kind of numbers you could put up and the Big Apple will once again become the mecca of basketball.

  • logues

    melo is overrated

  • KB8toSG8

    @JT21…..you haven’t learnt anything seeing the Suns under D’Antoni have you? Ridiculous…..

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Myles, like people have said: how could you forget about Joe Dumars? Not to take away from Zeke, but come on man…

  • burnt_chicken

    JOE DUMARS. As in: HOF’er JOE DUMARS. As in: money J, cold-as-ice, in-your-jock-D consummate professional JOE DUMARS. To forget about JOE DUMARS is not just ignorant, it’s really really dumb for anyone professing to have more than pedestrian knowledge of the game. Like a sports journalist might, for example.

  • burnt_chicken

    …I couldn’t even mention WORM and AD because I was so shocked to see the omission of JOE freakin’ DUMARS. Myles better never crow over the professionalism of Durantula and his ilk if he can’t remember the gold standard of the last generation: JOE DUMARS.

  • burnt_chicken

    Also, I think Bill Laimbeer’s elbows are kept in a max security glass case at the HOF. No nomination needed.

  • burnt_chicken

    and those ’88 and ’89 Pistons squads went, what, a legitimate 10 deep? Those were strong squads, not Zeke’s ball boys. Thomas has slight shoulders, Myles. Try not to overload them.

  • Mo

    You bastards hating on Paul in NOLA better sit back and enjoy him in the Big Easy for at least another season. It ain’t guaranteed that he’d go anywhere else and win a championship.

  • Michael Whyte

    LOVED the wire reference. ‘hey yo, listen here bey. you come at the king you best not miss

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Myles Brown

    Was Dumars a first ballot entry? I didn’t think he was since it took him so long to get in, but either way, sorry. I was in a hurry. Point is still the same though. CP could win a title with a similar collection of talent.

  • tictac

    Chris Paul is a top 5 player in this league. The only reason people keep trying to tie Deron Williams to him is because they came into the league at the same time, play the same position, selected 1 pick apart and Deron and the Jazz win the head to head matchups. Yes, I included the Jazz because people try hard to brush off that the Jazz has always been a better team than the Hornets. TEAM. All the way from the coach to the bench. Deron Williams would never, I repeat NEVER, take Chris Paul’s 07-08
    supporting cast to 56 wins. Heck he probably
    wouldn’t take the 08-09 cast to 49 wins either.
    Deron has yet to carry the load Chris Paul has had
    to carry. I haven’t even seen Deron make teammates
    look better than they actually are.

    Kevin Durant will probably be top 3 but right now, this guy isn’t even a complete player. He’s a HIGH VOLUME SCORER.

  • The Philosopher

    Paul is a purer point guard version of Tim Bug.

  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    Myles: quickly get the webstaff to scribble in “first ballot” infront of HOF and everything’s cool buddy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Myles Brown

    Fixed. Again, sorry. Carry on….

  • http://sdklff.com Jukai

    And Chris Paul IS top five next to Kobe, Lebron, Wade, and Durant.
    When he’s healthy.
    Which is beginning to become a prevalent question.

  • Mo

    Before trying to hustle down a David West football pass Chris Paul averaged 75 games per season. Going into this season Deron Williams has only played about 41 games more than Paul. People act like Paul misses 45 games every season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Is anyone else trying to buy tickets on Ron Artest’s ring? I am trying to, but cannot find it on his websites, can anyone help a brother out?

  • tavoris

    not to be nitpicky, but does the “at or near their prime” argument even hold validity? How many years after the Piston’s Back-to-Back did Bird and Magic play? 3? Both guys were clearly at the Paul Pierce stage-as opposed to the Lebron stage of their careers.

  • bashmo

    come ON…I wish this dude wasnt injured this season. Couldve done dirt, but oh well. He gon come bak strong this season, best believe. CP3 best PG in BASKETBALL

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    for those saying Melo is overatted… i think you should remember that Melo led his Nuggets over the Hornets in convincing fashion in the playoffs two years ago, AND finished them off by 59 points in their last game. And since then, Melo has done a lot more than Cp has.

  • Elvis Freshly

    @Logues Melos is overrated? you must not watch how he dominates on the offensive end. The man can score the ball at will, I’d even take him before KD just because he’s more clutch and more efficient.

    and yes… CP3 is the BEST pg in the L… then RONDOOOOOOOOOOOOOO [Charles voice/]

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Myles Brown

    In those years that Isiah went back to back, Magic was back to back MVP. He lost to the Pistons in their first matchup and went back two years later to face Michael. Is that prime enough for you?

  • abaci

    For some reason cp rubs me the wrong way. that being said i enjoyed the piece. good job Myles

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Good write-up, Myles.
    However, The Wire comparison is kind of iffy… Because while The Wire IS the best show ever, Chris Paul isn’t CLEARLY the best point guard ever. A logical argument can be made that Deron Williams is a better point guard–whereas, trying to argue that The Wire isn’t the best show ever is almost impossible to do once someone has actually seen it.

  • tavoris

    not when both he and Bird were both retired within 3 years. I won’t dispute ur Zeke-love tho. If he wasn’t such an insufferable prick, he’d be held in higher regard.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Paul and Williams should both be ahead of Carmelo Anthony, imo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    CP3 is not only the 4th best player in the NBA, but since the criteria is PROJECTED PRODUCTION, he could arguably be ahead of lebron and wade. He’s healthy, how is Mr 21/11/5/2.5 gonna produce less than melo or durant? Even in skill and as an overall player CP3 is only behind the big 3, kobe/wade/bron… CP3 and DWill > Melo and Durant

  • JTaylor21

    Zeke is the BEST PG of all-time (sorry Philo) the same way CP is the best PG today. I much rather watch a game of one-on-one between Zeke and CP than Kobe/MJ, Magic/Bron, Bird/Dirk, Wilt/Shaq.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Magic Johnson is the best PG of all time.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com CHICAGO SAID IT YUP

    chris paul get waaaaaaaaaaaaay too many props for a dude who only been to the 2nd round…1 time

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Joke.

  • Ouse

    Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. Melo is not better than Chris Paul. Worst list yet Slam.

  • http://www.slamonline.com SpaceJam

    Cosign tictac. Paul is a far superior pg to d will. He carries the most load of any nba player. He is the best defensive pg not rondo. His steals don’t come off of gambling where as Rondo just reaches b/c kg and perkins are manning the paint. He is the best ball-handler in the league and arguably the best passer. His fg% are very good and he can stroke it from 3. No one can keep him out of the paint. He made David West an all-star. He was below 9 ppg before paul came. Top 4 player in the league.

  • Michael Whyte

    Cosign @nbk. Magic for the win

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    LOL @ Melo ranked ahead of Chris Paul. And Williams. And Dirk, And Pau.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Yes Magic is the best PG ever imho.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    So Melo is top 6. Hm

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    And Dwight is top 5? Boo to that.

  • http://Egotastic.com Micahel

    Exactly how is melo better than Chris Paul or Dirk?

  • Elvis Freshly

    Why are you guys going in on Melo, it’s actually kind of funny. You guys act as if he “fell off” which is most def not the case. In my opinion he’s 4th and Kevin durant is NOT ahead of Melo.. idk what makes some of you think that but you should rethink things.

    Kobe,Bron,Wade,MELO,

  • http://Egotastic.com Michael

    Hold up. MElo is better than Chris Paul? Since when?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    You mention why Williams should win in any matchup with Paul, since he is bigger and stronger. But I would say that Williams wins in most matchups nightly, because he can do many things great. Williams is better than Paul, because he can score in variety of ways, can get the rim and finish better with contact, seen more crossover moves from Williams getting folks, is a better 3point shooter and shooter overall and plays defense better. Paul plays passing lanes to play defense and can pass better, which is the only thing Paul is better at. Collison coming in as a rookie and putting up Paul numbers was his demise to me. Yes the win/loss record was worst with Collison, but people was injuried and clearly people on the team had given up. Paul is being overrated to me, yes he had three great seasons but really when a rookie comes in plays like you, then maybe the media was hyping you up to much. Paul has speed, but I would rather have Rondo/Rose than Paul right now in the NBA. Based off of projections for next year, Paul might have good numbers, but if Collison has the same talent Paul has now, don’t you thing he would put up the same numbers in the same offense. YES, BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Paul cannot BE COMPARED to Zeke after only playing 5 seasons and his last two, before this injuried year being his best years. Paul has only had two seasons averaging 20pts/11ast, but he plays in an uptempo offense. Paul career average is 19pts 10 assist. Zeke career average is 19pts 9 assist, but Zeke did it over 13 seasons, and Paul has played well to me just 3 out of his 5 years so far. Zeke has played great and have had plently of playoff defining games. Zeke is the GREATEST POINT GUARD IN MY BOOK, and to compare someone you got injuried and a rookie put up his same numbers and played well in his spot in that same uptempo offense is just SAD. Don’t get Zeke the NBA player confused with Isiah Thomas the Knicks GM. On the court Zeke was like no other and I am SICK and TIRED of being SICK of hearing about players being compared to Legends, when they have not had not ONE defining playoff performance in their career and against the spurs did not count for his best year as a pro. I would rather have ZEKE than any other POINT GUARD EVER BOOK IT!!

  • Ctp

    I don’t get why people keep saying IF Paul was healthy he would have better numbers than D Will.

    DURABILITY IS PART OF THE PLAYERS ATTRIBUTES. D Will is also clearly more durable. Paul is hurt all the time.
    Whatever though, they are both amazing dudes.

  • Jer Dawg

    This is one heated debate. We getting down to nitty gritty of the best in the NBA. I wouldn’t argue with anything Myles wrote up in this article. Very good debate, much like the critical analysis papers most college students had to write citing examples and arguing them to make a point. The Isiah/CP3 comparison is justified. Just like the Jordan/Kobe debate. But the ladder will be longstanding given one is actually chasing the “man.”
    But there is no arguing CP3 is awesome and I feel you need to give the ranking to the underdog. Especially if his numbers are better than Deron Williams. CP3 is the little guy. Deron williams is the bully. We feel for the city of NO, We never liked Utah and their unorthodox standard of living.
    Its really interchangable, I would take Williams over Paul in the park or as a GM, but the average guy loves the underdog.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    actually dwill´s not more durable than cp3, last year he was, but has not been…

    one other thing, BLAKE GRIFFIN IS A MONSTER AND WILL WIN ROY THIS YEAR WITH EASE, RIDICULOUS JOHN WALL BEING HERE AND HES NOT

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @PANAGOPOULOUS
    If Dwight Howard makes top 5, I will post a “SUPER GUFFY!!!!” comment in your honour.

  • Michael Whyte

    agree about Blake Griffin. BEAST!

  • logues

    Elvis: Scoring aint everything. If melo is a top 5 or 6 player in the league then with the team he has around him he should be able to lead them better, what have the nuggets done? durant is a better scorer, rebounder, passer, defender, leader. put durant on the nuggets and they would be a way better team.

  • Michael Whyte

    Cosign @Elvis freshly. Finally someone who is not riding KD’s dick. KD is number 5. Not top 3.

  • Elvis Freshly

    whao whao Seed… did you just say DWill plays D better then Chris? ok now I know you’re going insane.

  • VisionofGreatness

    @TrailBlazing
    John Wall and Blake Griffin will battle it out all season, barring injury, for the Rookie of the Year award. So don’t dismiss John Wall.

  • JTaylor21

    Co-sign MWhyte and Elvis. KD is sooooooo overrated and Melo is the BETTER player at this very moment. Melo is twice as good in crunch time, a better defender, a better passer and is the BEST scorer in the L hands down. Clowns love to talk about how KD is in Bron/Wade/Kobe’s league but dude needs to worry about being better than Melo first.

  • Justin

    Myles, saying that Chris Paul would win with that Pistons lineup, or that collection of talent as you put it, is an assinine statement. So would Steve Nash. So would Allen Iverson. So would a hell of a lot of guys.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Someone here put KD no.1, dude you must be high. And stop this Melo out of Denver, CP3 out of NO crap. It’s killing the NBA. If 4-5 teams had all the stars, I’d just watch the premier league or NFL instead. Hoops, as much as I love the NBA, would die if each team didn’t have something exciting to offer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Co-sign JTaylor21 I’ve had enough about how people think durant is a nice guy, plays well in the FIBA championships and leads his team to the 8th seed and propel him to top 3 in the NBA. Fine, he is the youngest scoring champ. But look at this peers in the top 5, dudes like Melo LBJ Kobe Wade Howard, they’ve done so much more and are far more accomplished than Durant. Right now he reminds me of T-Mac with the Magic earlier on when he was a flat out dominant scorer and that was it. Basketball incorpates so much tangibles and intangibles that guys like LBJ CP3 and Kobe are much more valueable that just stats. I might smash my laptop at work if I see Durant in the top 2.

  • JTaylor21

    Jono, word UP on everything you said but I think that prime T-Mac is better than KD. Remember that T-Mac regularly put up 30/6/6 while KD only does 30/7/2. A lot of people thought that Mac and Kobe were equal for a few season and a few others believed he was better. Orl T-Mac is a better scorer, athlete, rebounder, passer, defender, and clutch player than KD. KD hasn’t accomplished ish and it’s a shame that everyone’s so in love with a glorified scorer.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    co sign everyone not su(kin KDs balls, hes awsome but not top3…bout Wall, going to be great, but blakeGriffin is gonna run the fu(k away with ROY and be the best PF in the L soon enough, just watch, barring injury obviously

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    There’s no doubt T-Mac in his prime was better than Kevin Durant right now. I don’t think that can really be debated.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    Whats wrong with these haters? What has Chris Paul dont i the last two years hat proves he’s better than Melo? thats right, nothing… losing a playoff game by 59 points shouldnt get u more ratings

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    And Kd is not better than Melo RIGHT NOW either… everytime they play, Melo ends up with better numbers annnd a W. plus he’s had more success in terms of winning

  • ektor

    CP3 Overrated!!! top 10 no doubt but for me Steve Nash was the best PG for the last 7 years now is D-Will.. CP3 have good numbers but his only standout year was when he finished second on the MVP ballot on 2008! The real top ten should look more like this:
    10.Paul
    9. Anthony
    8. Nowitzky
    7. Williams
    6. Gasol
    5. Wade
    4. Howard
    3. Bryant (my fav player of all time) he’s getting old
    2. Durantula
    1. Prince James

  • Michael Whyte

    ^^^ @ektor: if kobes your favourite player of all time, surely you know that he won another ring last year? Its absurd to put durant in front of him. It even makes me feel sick. And my favourite player is Lebron, but even I know how good kobe is. I am biased, but i never underestimate the mamba. He deserves his ranking at 1. Until lebron wins.

  • Michael Whyte

    *last season. this year

  • http://facebook.com/hooptour Jeremy Page

    Just to finish this off:

    6: Carmelo Anthony
    5. Dwyane Wade
    4. Dwight Howard
    3. Kobe Bryant
    2. Kevin Durant
    1. Lebron James

  • rob

    I kinda figured cp3 might drop this low, only because of injury. and he is clearly better than paul and nash. dont give me no bs bout how he aint. It aint hype, otherwise he wouldnt be a jordan brand player approved personally by jordan and a face of this league. ive asked people on the street b4 “who is the best pg in the nba?” they tell me: “cp3 of course” I also say, do u know who deron williams is? they say “no, who the f@ck is tht? cp3 is the best because he worked his way into being so. deron is jus another nba player..

  • rob

    and durant is better than melo as of right now!!! this isnt a list of who’s done what in the past. forget the past, stay in the present and look towards the future. KD is the best SF on a very exciting and very damn good team. he does just about everything that melo does, only better. he’s younger, faster, taller, better shooter, better defender. better teamate, the list goes on and on

  • CannibalREX

    Ok Se the list should go as follow:

    6) Melo
    5) Dwight
    4) Durant
    3) Wade
    2) Kobe
    1) Lebron

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  • Carl-Erik

    Well, now I know not to take anything Slam writes seriously anymore. CP3 behind ‘Melo? What kind of ignorant retard would come to that conclusion? Do you people actually watch the games?

  • tavoris

    I hope people realize that KD is about FIVE or SIX YEARS away from hitting his prime. That what makes his deservedly high ranking so special.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Chris_Griff_3 Boston_Blogg3r

    Myles, update the article by inputting “Community” where “The Wire” is. Same deal, but for 2010. Best show on TV with no ratings or no Emmy award (despite blatant highway robbery after the Justin Lin-directed “Modern Warfare” episode from last season).

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    JTaylor
    How can you dislike the “greatest of all time” argument, but embrace the “best point guard of all-time” argument?
    Doesn’t that feel illogical?

  • Feez22

    Cp3′s only standout yr was 08? You tool He topped 08 in 09 with avg of 22-11-3 with the second highest efficiency only to lebron in the entire NBA. Seriously how hard is this to understand cp3 has lead a team with peja and pargo on the wings and Chandler/west to the playoffs not once but TWICE winning at or above 49 games in both… Hell in 08 he brought the damn hornets to 2nd in the damn west. West is good but is overrated. Now contrast that with Deron… Dero has been 2nd option virtually his whole time in Utah to booz whom is def better than David west. He has ha all stars in memo and ak47 and has had coutless wing players and plays In the flex that inflates numbers like mad. Yet he can’t even one up an injured cp3. Last yr during injury CP3 still shot better from ALL RANGES than dwill. Comparison over bc there is none really. Cp3 obv is the premiere guard.

  • Feez22

    @Tavoris that’s what people said about bron man… Now look at him lol people don’t even respect dude. If durant in 5 yrs leaves okc (which he may) we will look @ him differently. Besides lebron showed more promise in his 3rd yr than durant did… Guy attained a triple double of 32-11-10 in his first dang playoff game. Guy pushed the eventual east conf champ pistons to 7 games Yet I am hearing more hype for durant… I don’t get it. Durant crapper his pants in the playoffs vs single coverage yet he is now the second coming? Wade won a ring his 3rd yr, lebron pushed the pistons to 7 in the second rd his 3rd yr yet durant stinks up the gym his 3rd yr in playoffs and he presumably gets a top 4 ranking?obsurd.

  • Elvis Freshly

    [Royce]We the kind that supply the rock like Chris Paul[/Royce]

  • agentJ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1OArWuJVAM

    paul a better passer? i don’t think so.

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  • add

    why people hatin on guards?

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  • LEBRONDWADE316

    if deron williams is “the best pg in the nba” as u stated in the ranking, why isnt he placed ahead of cp3?

  • http://Trukingiii@aim.com Truking

    Rondo is the best point guard and the league then come Derrick Rose the hell with Chris paul & Darron williams they slow and over weight

  • ARRON

    I think comparing Chris Paul to Deron Williams is just ridiculous. What has Chris Paul done that Deron Williams has not? All-Star? D-Will has done that. Has Chris Paul led his team to the Conference Finals? No, but Deron has. Basketball is a team sport and its making yourself better and your teammates better. Deron Williams has definitely made his teammates better by getting them to the playoffs since 2006, has Chris Paul?

  • Fruking A…

    Truking, to say Rondo is better than CP3 and D-Will is outright retarded. Sure he’s currently leading in assists, but he has way too many flaws. Can’t shoot the J or sink two consecutive shots from the stripe. I hate when people bring Rondo into the debate of best PG in the league. It’s ridiculous. He has a far better supporting cast than Deron and CP3 (maybe even combined).

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    AARON, you are an idiot.

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