Chart: A look at old-school and shoot-first point guards
- December 19, 2012 - 11:34 PM
OLD SCHOOL A HISTORICAL LOOK AT POINT GUARDS WHOSE PASSING -- AND ALL-AROUND -- SKILLS TRANSFORMED THEIR POSITION:
You've got to go back to the 1950s to find the original. Ricky Rubio should pay him a royalty every time he makes a fancy pass.
Cincinnati and Milwaukee
A big guard who changed the game with his combination of size and versatility and popularized the concept of the triple-double.
He didn't get his nickname for no reason: At 6-9, the only guy in history who could start at point guard and center in the same NBA Finals.
An incredible passer and tough, he missed only 22 games in 19 seasons and is the NBA's all-time assists leader by nearly 4,000.
Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey and New York
No. 2 on the NBA's career assist list doesn't begin to explain his greatness, but this does: At 39, he has convinced New York Knicks teammates to make the extra pass.
SHOOT FIRST THESE POINT GUARDS HAVE REDEFINED THE POSITION WITH THEIR SCORER'S MENTALITY:
Philadelphia and Denver
The No. 1 pick in a 1996 draft that offered Kobe Bryant 12 picks later, he showed the way for all those cold-blooded scorers stuck in a point guard's body.
Strictly a scorer when he arrived in the NBA from France 11 years ago, but Gregg Popovich's tough love has created a point guard out of him.
Still trying to fulfill the potential promised by a 55-point game his rookie season, but he's just 23. He's still got time.
He has been accused of pushing the concept of scoring point guard over the top, especially with Kevin Durant on his team. But anyone who watched him score 45 points against the Wolves last March knows his scoring talent.
He won a league MVP award by his 22nd birthday, then tore up his knee in the next season's playoffs. Can you believe Michael Beasley once was considered the No. 1 pick over him in the 2008 draft?
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