Top 100 Point Guards in the Modern Era
How would UTís Daniel Gibson match-up with
B.J. Armstrong? Or, for that matter, B.J. Tyler? Is Derek Raivio another
Matt Santangelo or Blake Stepp or Dan Dickau? Ohioís Jeremy Fears is a small
school guy with some big school pub. Does that mean heíll be the next Speedy
Claxton? With these questions in mind, Adam Stanco ranks the Top 100
Point Guards of the Modern Era.
TOP 100 POINT GUARDS IN THE MODERN ERA
(1990 Ė 2005)
(all statistics are from the playerís final
20. Stephon Marbury
(Georgia Tech, 1996) 18.9 ppg, 4.5 apg (3.2 tpg), 3.1 rpg, 1.8 spg, 46% FG,
Explosive leader ranks
among the most accomplished one-year players in NCAA history. Just the fifth
freshman in conference history to be named First-Team All-ACC. Third-Team
All-American, Wooden Award finalist, and All-ACC Tournament selection.
(Utah, 1999) 15.8 ppg, 5.6 apg (2.8 tpg), 5.4 rpg, 2.5 spg, 49% FG, 22 3-FG
guard who guided team to one NCAA Tournament final appearance and one Elite
Eight appearance. Final Four All-Tournament Team selection after
triple-double against Arizona in West Regional final. WAC Player of the
Year. One-time First-Team All-American and one-time Honorable Mention
All-American. Wooden Award finalist.
18. Chris Corchiani
(NC State, 1991) 16.3 ppg, 9.6 apg (3.8 tpg), 2.5 rpg, 2.9 spg, 47% FG, 51
Consisent performer and phenomenal
distributor. Led nation in assists, ranks second on NCAA all-time career
assists list (1038), and fourth on career assists per game (8.4 apg).
Third-Team All-American selection.
17. Chris Paul
(Wake Forest, 2005) 15.3 ppg, 6.6 apg (2.8 tpg), 4.5 rpg, 2.4 spg, 45% FG,
Highly-efficient producer offensively and a
lock-down force defensively. Played just two seasons, yet still earned
First-Team All-American honors and was a finalist for the Wooden and
Naismith Awards. Led conference in assist-to-turnover ration (2.4:1) and
steals (2.4 spg). Two-time member of the All-ACC Defensive Team.
16. Damon Stoudamire
(Arizona, 1995) 22.8 ppg, 7.3 apg (4.6 tpg), 4.3 rpg, 1.7 spg, 48% FG, 112
Sweet-shooting lead guard who excelled at
taking over games. First-Team All-American and Wooden Award finalist, and
three-time All-Pac-10 selection. Guided Wildcats to two Pac-10 titles and
one Final Four appearance. First player in Pac-10 history to lead the
conference in scoring and assists.
15. Allen Iverson
(Georgetown, 1996) 25.0 ppg, 4.7 apg (3.8 tpg), 3.8 rpg, 3.4 spg, 48% FG, 87
Prolific scorer and tremendous competitor
literally expanded John Thompsonís options as a coach. In just two seasons,
he garnered First-Team All-American honors and two Big East Defensive Player
of the Year awards. Wooden Award finalist. School record-holder for most
single-season points (926), field goals made (312), 3-pt field goals made
(87), steals (124) , and minutes played (1,214).
14. Mike Bibby
(Arizona, 1998) 17.2 ppg, 5.7 apg (2.2 tpg), 3.0 rpg, 2.4 spg, 46% FG, 77
Do-it-all guard scored, dished, and
defended with equal proficiency, yet played just two seasons. Burst onto the
national scene as a freshman, leading the Wildcats to the National
Championship and picking up All-Southeast Regional honors along the way. Led
another Wildcat team to the Elite Eight. Wooden Award finalist was a Pac-10
Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American.
13. Greg Anthony
(UNLV, 1991) 11.6 ppg, 8.9 apg (1.9 tpg), 2.5 rpg, 2.4 spg, 46% FG, 45 3-FG
Transfer from Portland quarterbacked some
the best college teams in the modern era, making two Final Four appearances
and winning one National Championship. Dynamo distributor and top-notch
defensive player. Two-time Honorable Mention All-American. Recorded 100
assists in NCAA Tournament play.
12. Keith Jennings
(ETSU, 1991) 20.1 ppg, 9.1 apg (3.5 tpg), 3.9 rpg, 3.3 spg, 60% FG, 84 3-FG
Underappreciated, yet spectacular talent
led the Buccaneers to three SoCon Championships and three NCAA Tournament
berths. Second-team All-American and Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner.
With over 20 ppg, 9 apg, 3 spg, and a national-best 59.2% 3-pt completion
percentage, senior campaign remains one of the most remarkable seasons in
11. Jacque Vaughn
(Kansas, 1997) 10.2 ppg, 6.2 apg (2.5 tpg), 2.4 rpg, 1.8 spg, 43% FG, 18
Excellent passer and a true leader who
always kept game at perfect pace. Two-time Wooden Award finalist. Two-time
second-Team All-American. Big Eight Player of the Year. Schoolís all-time
career assists leader.
10. Mateen Cleaves
(Michigan State, 2000) 12.1 ppg, 6.9 apg (3.7 tpg), 1.8 rpg, 1.4 spg, 42% FG,
Gutsy performer and tremendous leader.
Statistics fail to show his true impact on games. Two-time Big Ten Player of
the Year. Won NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award after leading
team to National Championship. One-time First-Team All-American selection
and two Third-Team All-American selections. Wooden Award finalist. Big Tenís
All-Time career assists leader. Member of ESPNís Big Ten Silver Anniversary
9. T.J. Ford
(Texas, 2003) 15.0 ppg, 7.7 apg (3.2 tpg), 3.9 rpg, 2.0 spg, 40% FG, 18 3-FG
Lightning-quick playmaker led Longhorns to
their first Final Four in over 50 years. Played just two seasons, earning
First-Team All-American honors as a sophomore and Honorable Mention acclaim
as a freshman. Naismith, Wooden, Sports Illustrated, and The Sporting News
College Player of the Year award winner. First freshman to ever lead the
nation in assists per game (8.3 apg). Member of ESPNís Big 12 Silver
8. Chris Jackson (Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf)
(LSU, 1990) 27.8 ppg, 3.2 apg (3.7 tpg), 2.5 rpg, 1.6 spg, 46% FG, 88 3-FG
Only stayed two seasons and wasnít a
traditional pass-first point guard, but was one of the most prolific
collegiate scorers ever to play the position. Twice garnered First-Team
All-American honors. Set freshman scoring records for points in a season
(965), points scored in a game (55), and scoring average (30.2). Member of
ESPNís SEC Silver Anniversary Team.
7. Kenny Anderson
(Georgia Tech, 1991) 25.9 ppg, 5.6 apg (3.8 tpg), 5.7 rpg, 3.0 spg, 44% FG,
Truly exemplified skill set and
craftsmanship of New York City point guard lineage. In just two seasons, he
earned First-Team All-American acclaim and two Second-Team All-American
selections by The Sporting News. More accomplished than Bobby Hurley through
two seasons, he left school to become the youngest player in the NBA.
6. Jay Williams
(Duke, 2002) 21.3 ppg, 5.3 apg (3.7 tpg), 3.5 rpg, 2.2 spg, 46% FG, 108 3-FG
Unstoppable offensive talent, he led the
Blue Devils to a 95-13 record and a National Championship. Winner of the AP,
Wooden, Naismith, and Chevrolet Player of the Year Awards. Two-time Wooden
Award finalist. Two-time ACC scoring leader. Final Four All-Tournament team
5. Anfernee Hardaway
(Memphis, 1993) 22.8 ppg, 6.4 apg (3.4 tpg), 8.5 rpg, 2.4 spg, 48% FG, 73
Multi-dimensional offensive game and a
premier rebounder. After sitting out freshman year due to Prop-48 ruling, he
was honored as the Great Midwest Conference Player of the Year in both of
his seasons on campus. One-time First-Team All-American selection and a
finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Awards. Member of ESPNís Conference USA
Silver Anniversary Team.
4. Jameer Nelson
(St. Josephís, 2004) 20.6 ppg, 5.3 apg (2.8 tpg), 3.0 spg, 48% FG, 73 3-FG
Controlled games both offensively and
defensively during his senior year and led the Hawks to an undefeated
regular season. AP, Naismith, Wooden, Rupp, Robertson, and Chevrolet Award
winner as the College Player of the Year. Earned A-10 Player of the Week
honors eight times during his senior season. One-time First-Team
All-American selection. Member of ESPNís A-10 Silver Anniversary Team.
3. Jason Kidd
(California, 1994) 16.7 ppg, 9.1 apg (4.3 tpg), 6.9 rpg, 3.1 spg, 47% FG, 51
There has never been a better passer or
defender to play point guard at the college level. Only drawback is that he
only played two seasons. First-Team All-American selection and led the
nation in assists. He broke the Pac-10 steals record as a freshman and was
the first sophomore to earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. Wooden Award
2. Bobby Hurley
(Duke, 1993) 17.0 ppg, 8.2 apg (3.4 tpg), 2.6 rpg, 1.5 spg, 42% FG, 88 3-FG
Picture-perfect point guard is the NCAAís
all-time assist leader. Possibly the best player in NCAA Tournament history,
he led Blue Devils to two NCAA Championships and three appearances in the
final game. Winner of tournamentís Most Outstanding Player award and
two-time member of All-Tournament Team. One-time First-Team All-American
selection and one-time Third-Team All-American selection.
1. Gary Payton
(Oregon State, 1990) 25.7 ppg, 8.1 apg (3.7 tpg), 4.7 rpg, 3.4 spg, 50% FG,
Truly dominant lead guard with no
weaknesses. Sports Illustrated College Player of the Year honoree. Pac-10
Defensive Player of the Year. Led Beavers to one Pac-10 Championship, three
20-win seasons, three NCAA Tournament appearances, and one NIT appearance.
Three-time All-Pac-10 selection and a member of the Pac-10 All-Decade Team.
One-time First-Team All-American selection. Finished second on the NCAA
all-time career assists and steals lists. All-time leading scorer in school
history. Wooden Award runner-up.
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