Kenny (the “Jet”) Smith ranks his Top 10 PG’s in the NBA today, Floor Leaders in High Demand, and nowhere does he mention the words “Defense” & “Rebounding”.
There are 3 broad phases to a basketball game:
Offense, Defense and Rebounding.
Neglect any two of these, at the PG position, and what you’re left with is a very talented player, who is incapable of leading his team (just yet) to an NBA championship.
TOP 5 PG’s in the NBA
#1 Chauncey Billups … has the ability to: i) Defend the opponent’s PG, in a 1-on-1 defensive match-up, regardless of his check’s size, strength or quickness level; ii) Defend multiple positions on the floor, in defensive “switches” or “rotations”; iii) take the ball with the Dribble where it needs to go, in order to run effective half-court and transition offenses; iv) Shoot & Make a solid percentage on perimeter jumpshots, including 3-pt shots; v) penetrate with the dribble and Finish at the rim; vi) Drive & Dish to open teammates; vii) make a high percentage of his Free Throws; viii) Rebound his position; ix) maintain his “poise” during times of stress; and, x) “control & lead” a group of 12 men. Been there and done that.
#2 Jason Kidd … a poor % perimeter jumpshooter; a former #1.
#3 Steve Nash … struggles with his “individual” Defense and Rebounding.
#4 Tony Parker … needs to improve his perimeter jumpshot; struggles to maintain his poise at stressful times.
#5 Deron Williams … the next Great, young, PG.
Honorable Mention (in order): Baron Davis, Chris Paul and Jose Calderon.
re: #1 … see this, then ↓