In the past five years the point guard position has been changed drastically. In the NBA the point guard is normally an extension of the Head Coach who leads his teammates and places them in the best position so that they can succeed.
Watching the NBA in this day and age it can be painful at times to see point guard play. I know every point guard can’t be Magic Johnson, John Stockton, or Isiah Thomas, but it I feel that the younger players have lost the idea of how to play the point guard position. Derrick Rose who was the NBA MVP in the 2011 season is a great talent, but his point guard abilities are not the best. Rose is notorious for shooting low percentages for example in his most recent game against the New York Knicks Rose shot 8-26. I know the Bulls are not the most talented team, but come on now.
Everybody talks about the new found hybrid point guard with guys such as Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and John Wall. The hybrid point guard is blessed with abnormal athleticism for a point guard, but they seem to lack the gusto and basketball IQ of a true point guard.
With all due respect to Derrick Rose, but I hate when people say that Derrick Rose is the best point guard in the NBA. I know the NBA is a “what have you done for me lately kind of league”, but how could somebody say that when Chris Paul and Deron Williams are still playing at a high level. Rose, Westbrook, and Wall should really try to implement better point guard play into their repertoire. With Paul and Williams they pick and chose when to score while they are still involving their teammates. With the young bucks its like “imma get mines first and then I may let you get the ball”. It is funny to see how Carlos Boozer plays like Horace Grant with D. Rose and when he was playing with D. Will Boozer was one of the top power forwards in the game. Rose is a great player, but I don’t feel like he is a great point guard. The same also goes for Russell Westbrook.
This season it was great to see Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio breed new life into the point guard position. By both players being pass first players it is great to see them achieve success while playing the point guard position in traditional fashion. I hope this can be a trend to come, but with the fascination of the “hybrid” point guard I doubt that it will.