Ranking all 30 starters in the NBA for 2022-23.
During the offseason, we’re ranking all 30 NBA starters at each position. Point guard has by far the most talent, and it was the most difficult position to rank.
Before we begin, a few caveats: coaches rarely release their starting lineups before game time, let alone in October, when they’ve barely seen how their players perform together. These starting lineups for all 30 teams are my best guesses, but some will inevitably be incorrect.
Some of these positions may also appear unusual. But what do you do with a team like the Raptors, whose small forward, power forward, and center all range in size from 6-7 to 6-9? Put them all somewhere.
Teams are increasingly playing positionless basketball. Positions are more designations for fans these days, as Jalen Rose noted in his live roasting of Skip Bayless.
After that, here are the 30 best point guards for the 2022-23 season.
2022-23 NBA point guard rankings
1. Stephen Curry of the Warriors
In the 2022 NBA Finals, Curry proved to all of his detractors how valuable he truly is. He destroyed the NBA’s best defense en route to his first Finals MVP award.
Curry is the greatest shooter of all time, and the Warriors’ offense is built around his presence on the court. He has also improved defensively throughout his career. He’s excellent at carrying out the Warriors’ plans.
He will be remembered as one of the all-time greats, and as he enters his 34th season, he still has a few more years of extremely high-level production ahead of him.
2. Mavericks’ Luka Doncic
After a slow start to last season, Doncic finished with top-five numbers. He is the only player in NBA history to average at least 28 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists per game, joining Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook.
Doncic stepped up his game in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, leading the Mavericks to an unexpected Western Conference Finals appearance. It’s only a matter of time before Doncic is named MVP for the first time.
3.Trae Young (Hawks)
Young was one of the league’s most productive offensive players in 2021-22. On that end, he did it all for the Hawks, leading them to the No. 2 offense while averaging 28.4 points and 9.7 assists per game.
His defense, however, remains an issue, and he wore down in the team’s first-round series against the Heat. Dejounte Murray’s addition should help hide some of those flaws and make Young even better next season.
4. James Harden of the 76ers
Harden had a disappointing season by his standards last season. Despite this, he was an All-Star caliber player, averaging 22.0 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.7 rebounds per game.
This season, Harden appears to be more motivated. He voluntarily took a pay cut to help the Sixers win a championship, and he is still an elite offensive facilitator.
5. Grizzlies’ Ja Morant
Morant appeared in his first All-Star Game last season, helping the Grizzlies to a 56-win season. No one drives as hard as he does. He was the only guard to rank in the top ten in the league in points in the paint per game.
Morant will rise through the ranks as he gains experience and improves. One piece of low-hanging fruit is to compete more aggressively defensively, which is one of his few flaws.
6.Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard
Lillard had a nightmare season in 2021-22, which was cut short after 29 games due to an abdominal injury. His shooting was severely hampered, as he only hit 32.4 percent of his three-point attempts, a career low.
Lillard is still only 32 years old, and his shooting stroke should return after some healing time. Prior to the injury, he was a top-10 or top-15 player. He’s far from done.
7.Suns’ Chris Paul
“The Point God” was one of the league’s most clutch players last season and is still a pick-and-roll specialist. His midrange game is unstoppable, and with his heady foul-baiting, he can still get easy points at the free throw line.
In one-on-one situations, Paul has lost a step defensively. In the Western Conference Finals, he was targeted by the Mavericks and struggled to stay in front of their guards. But he’s still an excellent help defender who can get his hands on the ball and steal it.
8.Bucks’ Jrue Holiday
This may be too low for the holiday’s perennial underappreciation. He’s arguably the best defender in the league, able to guard multiple positions due to his excellent athleticism.
9. Cavaliers’ Darius Garland
Garland is the best player that no one in the country is paying attention to. After a rocky start to his career, he blossomed into an offensive force for a surprisingly good Cavaliers team, averaging 21.7 points and 8.6 assists.Garland has developed into a fantastic shooter, making 38.3 percent of his 3-point attempts and 89.2 percent of his free throws last season. His court vision is also exceptional. He’s drawn comparisons to Steve Nash, and his stock will rise as he gains national recognition.
10. Kyrie Irving, New York Knicks
Irving was still a very effective player when he was on the field. Last season, he had 50 and 60-point games and shot a career-high 41.8 percent from beyond the arc.
That “when he played” qualifier is critical. Irving only played in 29 games due to his refusal to get vaccinated. He’s also been plagued by injuries for much of his career, averaging less than 56 games per season over the last 11 years.
There is no doubt about Irving’s offensive talent, but there is legitimate concern about how frequently he can get on the floor.