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Nash is not top 5 "officially"


Sam Smith has just posted a list of the best players at each position, and frankly, I'm outraged. This is his list of top ten point guards:

1. Derrick Rose
2. Chris Paul
3. Deron Williams
4. Russell Westbrook
5. Tony Parker
6. Rajon Rondo
7. Steve Nash
8. Andre Miller
9. Tyreke Evans
10. Jason Kidd

How is Nash not top 5? He and Grant Hill get no respect for what they do. I know the team wasn't successful, but individually wise, if you're ranking them, Nash is an incredible point guard. If we upgrade the talent on this roster a little, and there is a next season, Nash will lead the league in assists for the 3rd consecutive time and the 6th time in 8 years! He passed Isiah Thomas for sixth all time in the assists list, and next season he will probably be top 5. You bring Rondo [who Nash bested in assists with a worse team] or Parker onto this Suns team and lets see if they even get past 30 wins, let alone the league in assists with this roster. Let's compare:

Nash vs Rondo 2011
Nash season stats: 14.8 ppg, 11.4 apg
Rondo season stats: 10.6 ppg, 11.2 apg
Nashper48min-21.3 ppg, 16.4 apg, 6 rpg
Rondoper48min-13.7 ppg, 14.4 apg, 7 rpg
Nash%s- 49.2 FG%, 39.5 3PT%, 91.2 FT%
Rondo%s- 47.5 FG%. 23.3 3PT%, 56.8 FT%
Nash EFF rtg-20.99
Rondo EFF rtg-19.1
Nash PER- 20.81 (22nd)
Rondo PER- 17.11 (69th)
Nash TOPG- 3.6
Rondo TOPG- 3.4

So Nash scored, passed, and shot more efficiently than Rondo, and on top of all that, he's a better leader and teammate than Rondo. And I don't even know why Tony Parker is above both of them. He's good, yes, but not better than Nash or Rondo in any way, shape, or form besides scoring a little more. He's a terrible defender, mediocre passer, and unreliable shooter. Here's my top 10:

1a) Deron Williams

1b) Derrick Rose

2) Steve Nash

3) Chris Paul

4) Russel Westbrook

5) Rajon Rondo

6) Tony Parker

7) Stephen Curry

8) Jason Kidd

9) Raymond Felton

10) Chauncey Billups

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