Honorable mention: Way too many point guards to list
We'll do our best to get to everyone here, but there's only so much time. At the very least, we'd be remiss not to mention Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Knight, John Wall and Tony Parker. The last two aren't quite playing up to their lofty standards due to team struggles and rest, respectively, but they're still two of the very best. Lillard, Thomas, Knight and countless others -- including Reggie Jackson, Kemba Walker, and a rejuvenated Deron Williams -- have continued to push the envelope on what it means to be a point guard in the NBA. And let's not forget Kyrie Irving, who'll be making his return from injury soon. The league is in good hands with the current batch of primary playmakers. If we left off your favorite starting point guard, we apologize.
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5. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
Like Wall and Parker, Paul's not having his best season. As he fights through lingering injuries and rotational upheaval in Los Angeles, though, the Point God is still good enough at this reduced level to crack the top five. He's shifted some of his playmaking responsibilities to Blake Griffin, which has driven his numbers down even further. Yet his decision-making and vision remain on another level entirely. And as long as that's the case, Paul will remain one of the league's elite point guards -- and one of its top players at any position.
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4. Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns
No one's really paying attention to the Suns, what with the Warriors and Spurs hogging all of the attention in the West, and that's too bad. Bledsoe has taken another step forward, posting career highs in points, assists and steals per game. He's been accurate on 3s as well, and he has the green light as the focal point of Phoenix's point guard-dependent offense. He and Brandon Knight make up a formidable duo in the desert, but Bledsoe is the clear leader. Add in his typical bulldog defense, and he's often keeping the Suns in games regardless of whether his teammates offer much assistance.
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3. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
We all laughed and made #MuscleWatch jokes when Lowry was spotted this offseason in 'the best shape of his life.' Who's laughing now, friends? The Toronto point guard is playing out of his mind, far surpassing the level of production we'd come to expect. And Lowry was already really good. Twice this season, he's matched Curry as the Raptors pushed the Warriors to the brink. And he's stolen a page out of the reigning MVP's book, too. Lowry's shooting a career-high 7.2 3s per game and hitting over 40 percent of them. He's toying with defenses, leaving them flailing as he blows by on drives or hanging their heads as he buries another triple. And he'll shut down your point guard, too, just for good measure.
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2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Stephen Curry's historic start and the usual balance with Kevin Durant have prevented Westbrook from getting the credit he deserves. He's quietly putting together his best season -- noticing a trend on this list? -- posting career-highs in shooting efficiency and challenging Curry for the top spot in various advanced metrics. He's putting up better numbers this season than he did last year when he played without Durant and had to carry the Thunder, which speaks to his maturation as a passer and his improved shot selection. Westbrook has undeniably eclipsed Chris Paul as Curry's primary rival for the point guard throne. Westbrook's advantage? The laws of gravity and physics simply do not apply to the most athletic, energetic and kinetic player in the league.
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1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Forget 'best guard this season' or other near-sighted honors. With no exaggeration, there is every chance that Curry is changing the way we look at this position. There's no guarantee of that, to be sure. The league changes in its approach, rules and general trends on an almost annual basis. But Curry is the first player who has truly capitalized on the power of the 3 to its full extent. On top of his unlimited range, he's a willing and spectacular passer, and he can finish at the rim with the best of them. Someone will surpass Curry, perhaps sooner than later. Some team will figure out these Warriors and their current dominance -- not just for a game, or for a series, but in a larger sense. For now, we're going to sit back and enjoy the ride.