In the NBA, the point guard is arguably the most important player on the floor, and in today’s era of small-ball, having an effective floor general is growing increasingly vital to the success of any franchise. There are quite a few superstars who man the one spot around the league, though it is certainly up for debate as to whom the top playmaker currently is. The debate began yesterday when we discussed the merits of Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe versus Detroit’s Reggie Jackson.
Both of these players are amongst the best at the position, and each is counted on to be one of the primary scoring options on their respective teams. Each of these point men has his own style, with Wall relying more on his speed and a slashing style that depends more on him getting to the rim than lighting it up from deep. Wall entered the league first, becoming the No. 1 overall pick back in 2010. While his first three campaigns were marred by injuries, Wall has managed to remain relatively healthy the last two seasons. In 2014/15 he posted averages of 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 10.0 assists to go with a slash line of .445/.300/.785. Wall’s career marks are 17.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 8.7 APG.
Lillard didn’t arrive in the NBA with quite the hype that Wall did, but was instead a fast-riser during the pre-draft process, and it surprised a few when the Blazers selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in 2012. But Portland certainly knew what it was doing, and Lillard quickly elevated his game to become one of the top guards and closers in the league. I’m sure the Kings (and their fans) would love to redo that draft and nab Lillard instead of Thomas Robinson with pick No. 5. While Lillard can take it to the hoop with the best of them, his game relies much more heavily on the deep ball. The 25-year-old appeared in 82 contests last season, averaging 21.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.2 assists with a slash line of .434/.343/.864. Lillard’s career averages are 20.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 6.1 APG, and he’ll certainly need to improve on those in the wake of LaMarcus Aldridge‘s departure if Portland is to have any shot at the playoffs this coming season.
If you were the GM of a team and were given the choice between the two players, which one would you choose? Why did you pick one over the other? Take to the comments section below to sound off with your thoughts and opinions. We look forward to what you have to say.