Every all-time list is bound to become controversial. Andre Miller's list of the best point guards of all time was no different.
Andre Miller’s top PG list
Andre Miller played in the NBA for 17 years. He averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 assists in his career and became the only player in history to score 16,000 career points, 8,000 assists, and 1,500 steals without playing in an All-Star Game. Numbers show he’s not just any ordinary PG in the NBA, and he has the credibility to talk about the top floor generals who played in the league. Dre shared his top point list in an interview for the Forgotten Seasons podcast.
“Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, and I'll put Chris Paul up there, the things that he's accomplished during his career for his size, he's up there. Those guys are great leaders, great floor generals, led by example. Their feel for the game and understanding of the game is on such a level, it's like having a PHD in basketball," Miller said.
Miller shared some interesting choices there, but the list is missing some big names such as Stephen Curry or Steve Nash.
Dissecting Miller’s choices
Magic Johnson could be considered a point-forward, the same way fans view LeBron James or Luka Doncic on the court. If Magic made it, then fans can make an argument that James should also make it based on stats and accolades. Payton is one of the best defensive point guards ever, and no one can question CP3, IT, Jason Kidd, or John Stockton’s inclusions. But if there’s one player on the list that is replaceable, it would be Gary Payton, and Steph Curry or Steve Nash should be there instead.
Nash is a 2x MVP who averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists in his career. The Brooklyn Nets coach is also a member of the elite group of the 50-40-90 club, a threshold he reached four times in his Hall of Famer career.
Steph Curry is also a member of the 50-40-90 group, a 2x MVP, and a 3x NBA champion. Curry and Nash should be ranked higher than Payton in anyone’s PG list based on numbers and credentials alone. No disrespect to Payton but there are levels to this, and while he was an awesome defender, he lacked the offense that Nash or Curry provides.
It’s Andre Miller’s list, and he has all the right to include anyone he thinks deserves it. But for the list to have some weight, other all-time greats such as Nash or Curry must be included.