Retired NBA point guard and basketball analyst Gary Payton said Stephen Curry, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are not true point guards.
“That’s a question that is kind of difficult for old people,” Payton told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Logan Murdock and Kerith Burke on the “Runnin’ Plays Podcast”.
“You look at Stephen Curry. You put him as a point guard. He’s not a point guard. He’s a two-guard. You look at [Russell] Westbrook. He’s not a point guard. He’s a two-guard. You look at James Harden. He’s not a point guard, he’s a two-guard.
To me, there are only two guards in this league that are true point guards. That’s [Rajon] Rondo and Chris Paul. Now, Chris Paul has turned into a shooting guard more, but Rondo is a true point guard,” Payton added.
“He looks first to get people off. He does his defense and he makes people better around him. Not, let me score 30. Not, let me shoot a jump shot first. He’s not doing that. If we name a lot of point guards that’s right now in this NBA, they are not point guards.”