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The best NBA point guards in 2024

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The playmaker is a strategic position on a basketball team. In principle, he’s the one who brings the ball up, announces the systems to be put in place and serves his team-mates. In short, he or she directs the game and sets the tempo. In 2024, here’s the list of the thirteen best playmakers playing in the NBA.

Luka Doncic

Despite his very young age, the Slovenian prodigy plays like a seasoned 30-year-old basketball player at the top of his game. He takes charge when needed with disconcerting ease and success. Franchise player of the Dallas Mavericks, the former Real Madrid academy resident is dazzling. With the Texan franchise, he has perfectly carried on the torch handed down by German legend Dirk Nowitzki. At the end of his NBA career, Doncic will undoubtedly rank among the best European basketball players to have played in the USA.

Shai Gilgeous Alexander

Leader of a young and dynamic Oklahoma City Thunder team, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has established himself as an undisputed superstar. He is probably the best point guard in the world today. His consistency is impressive! At just 25, he continues to show exceptional potential. His agility and shooting efficiency make him a feared adversary on the court. His performances underline his ability to destabilize the opposing defense, which struggles to anticipate his movements.

Damian Lillard

This Olympic champion with Team USA is one of the best basketball players in the World at his position. Like Stephen Curry, his shooting range seems infinite. Decisive in the heat of the moment, Lillard’s blood runs cold. He is one of the greatest players in the history of basketball. Having joined the Milwaukee Bucks from the Portland TrailBlazers, “Dame” is aiming for his first NBA championship ring in June 2024.

Stephen Curry

The record holder for the number of three-point baskets scored in an NBA career, Stephen Curry belongs in the sport’s greatest category. After being plagued by physical problems, he’s back to his best. To the point of clinching another NBA championship in 2022! With an average of nearly 27 points scored per game, the angel-faced 30-year-old is among the league’s top scorers.

Kyrie Irving

Despite his physical woes, Irving is still among the NBA’s best playmakers. To this day, he remains the best dribbler in the North American league. In 2021, his combination with James Harden and Kevin Durant should have taken the Brooklyn Nets to the top of the League. This big three ultimately failed to reach the conference semi-finals. Now in Dallas, he forms an ultra-dynamic duo with Luka Doncic on the back line.

Tyrese Haliburton

An NBA All-Star for the first time in 2024, Haliburton put in a great offensive performance in front of his home crowd. Blessed with a unique passing sense and exceptional game vision, the Pacers point guard is quite simply the league’s best statistical passer. At just 24 years of age, he has all the future ahead of him to make history on the orange ball.

Trae Young

A starter in the NBA All-Star Game in only his second season in the Big League, the man who wears the number 11 proves that undersized basketball players can make it as a King at the highest level. At just 185 centimetres tall, Trae Young has fun with opposing defences. His offensive talent is dazzling. A strong dribbler but above all a shooter, the Atlanta Hawks star is one of the NBA’s new attractions. His style of play is very similar to that of Steph Curry. The only major drawback to his game: defensive shortcomings that can sometimes plague his team.

Darius Garland

A playmaker with great ball-in-hand speed and the technical skills of one of the world’s elite basketball players, Darius Garland is one of the top 10 post 1s. An All-Star in 2022, the Cavs player has nonetheless failed to return to the All-Star game since. His partnership with Donovan Mitchell on the back line can sometimes drive opposing defenders crazy. More generally, his ability to orchestrate the game makes his team dynamic and unpredictable.

Jamal Murray

NBA champion with the Denver Nuggets in 2023, Jamal Murray is a central element of the Colorado franchise. Versatile and very accurate with the ball, this Canadian playmaker remains underestimated. Despite his team’s excellent results and individual performances that have nothing to envy his competitors in his position, he has yet to be voted an All-Star. Given his impact and his stats, it’s only a matter of time before he does…

Jalen Brunson

A backup in Dallas, Jalen Brunson has become an indisputable starter in New York. As soon as he arrived in the Big Apple, his status immediately changed. After just one year with the Knicks, he became his team’s number 1 offensive option as well as its best passer. Elected All-Star in 2024, this son of a former NBA player still has many fine years ahead of him at the highest level.

De’Aaron Fox

Sacred All-Star in 2023, sensational in the playoffs that same year, De’Aaron Fox has taken on a new dimension. And this, despite the fact that until then he had been the leader of a team in collective failure. Now co-leader with teammate Domantas Sabonis of an ambitious franchise, the New Orleans native has a completely different status to his first seasons in the League. His ball-in-hand speed impresses and makes him a very difficult player for opposing defenses to stop.

Tyrese Maxey

Tyrese Maxey became the Sixers’ offensive leader following James Harden’s departure and Joel Embiid’s injury. His new responsibilities this season earned him his first All-Star Game selection. His steady progress and fighting spirit have earned him an important place with the Sixers. His speed and aggressiveness make him an essential player to keep an eye on.

Chris Paul

In 2021, this veteran of the parquet floor experienced his first NBA Finals. To do so, he scored 41 points in the decisive game of the conference finals against the Clippers. This is a personal playoff record for his career. Like his compatriot LeBron James, Chris Paul is still in top physical shape despite approaching 40. He has the work ethic of a champion. A former president of the players’ union, this burly post 1 is a true leader and boss both on and off the court. Wherever he goes, Paul makes his teammates better.

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Alan Le Bolloch

Alan is the founder and photographer of 3PTSHOT! For over 10 years, he has been sharing his passion for basketball on this blog. He regularly travels to the USA to cover NBA games. Alan is also the author of the book "Create a successful website: make a living from your passion and realize your dreams".