Let the debate begin.
Over the next five weeks, we'll rank the
's top 10 players at each position.
These are not fantasy basketball rankings. These rankings also don't measure players' potential or their career achievements. Instead, these rankings are meant to capture where players rank at this moment.
We'll unveil two rankings a day, beginning on Monday mornings with the 10th best player at a position and ending on Friday afternoons with the best player at that position.
Think a player's ranking is too high or too low? Voice your opinion by writing in the comments field below.
This week, we're focusing on point guards.
Point guard ranking:
Age on Nov. 1, 2011:
Seasons with Warriors/in NBA:
2010-11 regular-season stats:
74 G, 33.6 mpg, .480 fg%, .442 3p%, .934 ft%, 18.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.8 apg
2010-11 advanced regular-season stats*:
.595 ts%, .551 efg%, 6.5 trb%, 113 ortg, 112 drtg, 19.4 PER
2011 postseason stats:
2011 advanced postseason stats*:
The Warriors hold a team option for 2012-13 that they certainly will pick up. Under the previous collective bargaining agreement, Curry would have had the opportunity to become a restricted free agent after the 2012-13 season.
Curry is a fantastic shooter, and his shooting propelled him onto Team USA's roster for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. In 2010-11, he led the NBA in free-throw percentage and finished third in 3-point percentage. He can handle the ball well, and coaches rave about his attitude and professionalism.
Curry almost certainly never will be a pass-first point guard, but with his shooting ability, you wouldn't want him to pass all the time. Curry definitely needs to cut down on his turnovers, though. He averaged 3.1 turnovers per game last season, leaving him with an underwhelming assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9-to-1. Curry can be a good defensive player, but he needs to add some heft to his 6-foot-3 frame, and the entire Warriors team needs to get serious on that end of the floor.
It will be fascinating to see whether Curry flourishes now that former NBA standout point guard
is the Warriors' coach. Many basketball observers don't think the backcourt tandem of Curry and
can work, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Ellis traded after a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. Curry should improve his turnover numbers and be a better defender in the years ahead.
*All advanced statistics come from Basketball-Reference.com. Here's what those advanced statistics mean:
True shooting percentage, a measure of shooting efficiency that takes into account 2-point field goals, 3-point field goals and free throws.
Effective field-goal percentage, which adjusts for the fact that a 3-point field goal is worth one more point than a 2-point field goal.
Total rebound percentage, an estimate of available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
Offensive rating, an estimate of points produced per 100 possessions.
Defensive rating, an estimate of points allowed per 100 possessions.
Developed by ESPN.com's John
, PER stands for Player Efficiency Rating and is intended to measure per-minute productivity. It's adjusted for pace. The higher the number, the better. The league average for every season is set to 15.0.