HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — After spending the past 12 hours raving about the historic and jaw-dropping Sunday performances of Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams, we were reminded that they there were not the only superstars on display over the weekend.
A couple of their All-Star counterparts turned in monster efforts Sunday as well. Reigning league MVP Derrick Rose punched the clock with 35 points and some clutch buckets in a tough road win in Philadelphia, while Chris Paul did the same for the Los Angeles Clippers with 28 points, 10 assists and two crucial, late-game plays to preserve the overtime win against Houston for L.A.
While those performances don’t necessarily stack up to what Rondo did in the win over the Knicks (18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists) or the 57-point explosion from Williams, the day was highlighted by efforts from stars at the league’s marquee position from noon to midnight. it was point guards gone wild from morning ’til night.
We’ve said it here before and we’ll keep on saying it: we’re in an era that has to be classified as the golden age for point guards. With future Hall of Famers like Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and the always overlooked Tony Parker still on the scene and youngsters like Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio joining the party with all of the already established stars, it’s hard to remember a time when there was a greater pool of point guards with this sort of talent in the league at the same time.
That leads us back to our seemingly never-ending debate about which guy you’d want to start your team with. For the sake of today’s argument, we’ll limit the voting to five guys. We’ll go with the four players who lit up the scene Sunday and Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook, who was a second-team All-NBA pick last season.
A quick video reminder of each of our five candidates: