CBS Sports recently ran an article listing the NBA’s top 22 point guards, and to be honest, I don’t agree with many of the lists.
First off, new New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson is in the 21st best point guard slot, and while I’m doing my best to avoid bias, he should certainly be higher than 21.
CBS Sports ranks the Knicks’ Jalen Brunson 21st in point guard rankings
If you look closely at the rankings, before Brunson there are numerous players such as Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, CJ McCollum and Tyrese Maxey (or James Harden) who simply are not true point guards. They are great and talented players so no discrediting for them.
I’m fully aware that today’s NBA is shifting more toward “stationless” basketball, but it’s not fair to compare some of these guys to Brunson.
Also, it is questionable for me that Marcus Smart ranks above Brunson. Sure he’s great defensively, but Brunson seems to have a much better all-around game.
Another player ahead of Jalen is Fred VanVleet. Having Brunson at 21 and VanVleet at 12 is silly. If you’re saying VanVleet is a better point guard, fine, but saying he deserves to be nine points from Brunson is something I won’t let you get away with.
Brunson and the Knicks agreed to a four-year, $104 million contract this summer, making him the 14th-highest-paid point guard in the league. Looking around the NBA I’d say it’s good value for money. If I had to create my own list of point guards, Brunson would be right in the 14-16 range.
We as Knicks fans know all too well what seemed like a never-ending hunt for a franchise point guard, and I think Brunson could be the answer. He’s a skilled finisher on the edge, has a high basketball IQ and works hard on both sides of the ball.
Brunson’s new teammates sure sound like they’re ready to get started with him.
Brunson has had a great year, averaging 16.3 points and 4.8 assists while shooting 50.2% from the field and 37.3% from three. If you recall this happening while playing in Luka Doncic’s shadow, it’s pretty impressive.
If Tom Thibodeau lets Jalen Brunson be the primary ball carrier and RJ Barrett and Julius Randle let him play, I think he’ll end up surprising a lot of people this season.