Mar 28, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) goes to the basket against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Celtics 105-103. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking Atlantic Division Point Guards

In this post I will discussing my rankings of Atlantic Division Point Guards.  Below is how I feel they rank.

 

May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the warm up against the Brooklyn Nets prior to game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the warm up against the Brooklyn Nets prior to game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

 

RANK
NAME
TEAM
RATIONALE
1 Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors Lowry set new career highs in 3P% (38.0), APG (7.4) and PPG (17.9) this season. Lowry truly came of age in the playoffs averaging 21.1 PPG, showing the leadership skills of a true NBA Point Guard. Lowry has the confidence of knowing the team is his to run, and is much more comfortable with his role. Lowry has not disappointed as a Raptor, therefore I expect an even better season from Lowry this year.
2Deron WilliamsBrooklyn NetsWilliams seem to be hampered with injuries most of the season, and his numbers were all below his career averages. If Williams is healthy (and can stay healthy) it would be reasonable to assume he will have a better year. Williams has had a difficult time staying healthy in recent years, and his best years may now be behind him.
3Michael Carter-WilliamsPhiladelphia 76ersCarter-Williams had a very impressive rookie year on a terrible Philadelphia team. His 40.5 FG% needs to improve, but he does have great rebounding and assist numbers at 6.2, and 6.3 respectively. Carter-Williams nearly averages 2 steals a game (1.9), and entering his second year, improvement is certainly expected. I will be looking for Carter-Williams to have a big season this year after his Rookie Of The Year honors last season.
4Rajon RondoBoston CelticsI believe Rondo is generally overrated in the NBA community. During his recent stints on the Disabled List, the Celtics were able to play well without him which brought some doubts into the true value of Rondo. From watching him play I am of the opinion that he only passes the ball if he believes he will get it back, or get an assist from the pass. He appears to be quite a selfish player, despite producing great career numbers (9.8 APG, 47.5 FG%, 5.5 Rebounds Per Game, and 11.7 PPG). Rondo's Rebounding numbers are exceptional for a point guard. Rondo, however is a dismal 25.2 3P% shooter, and that combined with his seemingly selfish play has him low on my list.
5Jose CalderonNew York KnicksToronto fans are likely already very familiar with Calderon unless you just became a fan this past season. Calderon is a steady point guard who shoots the ball well, especially from the 3 point line (44.9%). Calderon, as Raptors fans know, is not much of a defensive presence, and his 4.7 APG were well below his career averages of 6.8 APG.

 

Now I don’t expect everyone to agree with me on this list, so I am interested to see what changes you’d make.  Make sure to include your rankings in the comments, or any critics of mine.

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