Tuesday afternoon's episode of "NBC Sports Talk" featured a discussion of the league's top point guards and as one might expect, Derrick Rose was at the forefront of the conversation.
Hosted by Russ Thaler, who was joined by guests Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the panel ranked Rose as the NBA's best at his position, followed by Chris Paul of the Clippers, the Thunder's Russell Westbrook, New Jersey's Deron Williams and the lone All-Star snub of the group this season, Boston's Rajon Rondo.
Wojnarowski's opinion slightly differed from Mannix's, as he ranked Williams ahead of Westbrook. As far as ability to run the show, that might be accurate, but Williams' struggles with the woeful Nets -- with a sad-sack roster, though not much of an upgrade from the bunch Paul led to the playoffs in New Orleans, taking the Lakers to the brink of first-round elimination last spring -- indicate he might not be worthy of his lofty status in a bottom-line league.
Of course, no point-guard debate would be complete without the inclusion of Jeremy Lin. While Lin has certainly captured the public's attention, the panel agreed that he hasn't accomplished enough to deserve consideration alongside the aforementioned elite quintet.
Also mentioned was the top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Washington's John Wall, who some feel has regressed in his second professional season. However, it was rightfully cited that Wall has a lot less to work with on the lowly Wizards than many of his peers and thus, along with Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 draft, can't be discounted when talking about up-and-coming point guards just below that top tier, even above the likes of veterans such as former two-time MVP Steve Nash and Spurs All-Star Tony Parker, as well as exciting rookie Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves.
What's your opinion on the issue? Is Rose indeed the best point guard in the league and where do others rank on your list during this so-called "golden age" of point guards?