Kevin Johnson (Honorable Mention #3)
Kevin Johnson was a walking efficient offense machine. Everywhere he went, an elite offense followed. KJ recorded a 115 offensive rating in nine straight seasons and finished his career at 59% true shooting, an outstanding mark. Johnson was the second best player on a bunch of terrific Charles Barkley Suns teams.
He ranks seventh all time in assists per game, top 100 in free throw percentage, and top 50 in both true shooting and win shares per 48 minutes. You probably remember Kevin Johnson as being very good, but the advanced metrics remember him as great.
Achievements: 5x All NBA, 3x All Star
Sidney Moncrief (Honorable Mention #2)
Sidney Moncrief finally got elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019, and it was long overdue for one of the best 20 guards to ever play the game. Moncrief was one of the best two way players in the game. He averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists a game at his peak while also adding elite defense, named to five All Defense teams and earning Defensive Player of the Year award two different seasons.
He was one of the league’s first lock-down perimeter defenders and might have won DPOY even more if it had existed early in his career. Moncrief’s teams won at least 49 games all but two seasons of his career.
Achievements: 5x All NBA, 5x All Star
Bob Cousy (Honorable Mention #1)
Bob Cousy is the OG point guard. He won the 1957 MVP, led the league in assists eight straight times, and won six championships. He was also the third or fourth best player on all those title teams, one of a handful of Celtics point guards with a ton of rings who benefited in a huge way from playing next to an NBA legend — in this case, Bill Russell.
Achievements: 6x champion, 12x All NBA, 13x All Star