Top 30 NBA point guards — 27. Ricky Rubio, Cavaliers
Ricky Rubio was integral to Cleveland’s early-season rise to relevancy. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL and was thus removed from one of the NBA’s most excited young teams. The veteran has never quite lived up to the lottery hype on draft night, but he’s one of the smartest playmakers in the game and a much-improved shooter. He’s the ultimate second unit floor general for a potential contender.
Top 30 NBA point guards — 26. Tyus Jones, Grizzlies
The Grizzlies were noticeably competent whenever Tyus Jones replaced MVP candidate Ja Morant in the lineup. He’s one of the best backup guards in the NBA. He would probably start for several teams. His ability to avoid turnovers, hit 3s, and steadfastly set up teammates makes him a major cog in Memphis’ deep, team-oriented machine.
Top 30 NBA point guards — 25. D’Angelo Russell, Timberwolves
D’Angelo Russell flopped in the playoffs, exposing his extremely noticeable flaws. The talent is without question — not many players can keep pace with Russell in a shoot-off when he’s rolling. That said, he can get tunnel vision offensively and the defense is virtually nonexistent. He has to be better within the team context for Minnesota to justify the hefty contract currently owed to him.