Sep 28, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Ty Lawson (3) answers questions during media day at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Immediately after floor general Ty Lawson arrived at Houston a lot of media attention was drawn to the team. Everyone eager to ponder whether he might improve the Rockets’ chances to win a Larry O’Brien trophy.
Despite that, all those opinions and ideas were put aside when Ty gave his first interview to NBA analyst Adrian Wojnarowski. In between his expectations for the next season and how he might fit into the Rockets rotation, Lawson gave his two cents regarding his opinions on Stephen Curry and what he perceives to be an “elite point guard:
“I don’t think you’ve ever seen so many good point guards in one Conference at one time in the league ever,” Lawson told Yahoo Sports.
“But you’ve got to win. If you want to be an elite PG in this league, you’ve got to win. You’ve got to be in the Conference Finals, the NBA Finals. If you’re not winning, you’ll always be a second-tier, or third-tier point guard.” – Ty Lawson
“But you’ve got to win. If you want to be an elite PG in this league, you’ve got to win. You’ve got to be in the conference finals, the NBA Finals. If you’re not winning, you’ll always be a second-tier, or third-tier point guard.” – Lawson
Therefore according to the newest Rockets point guard, currently in the NBA there’s just a handful of players that might be considered elite to his standards.
Nevertheless, the real issue with that criteria was more about those he left out as opposed to the ones he included.
Whether that was simply an oversight, full-on disdain or his honest impression fans were left intrigued about his stance regarding one of the most complete players in today’s NBA, namely Chris Paul.
In this article I’ve decided to take Lawson’s bait and dived into Rockets history to find out the top five point guards that as stated by him would not be considered “Top Tier”.
For the intent of making a comprehensive and coherent top five I’ve had to employ some arbitrary parameters; although many of them I’ve taken from Lawson’s comment, I added a few of my own. Therefore, to make the list, the players had to:
- In their career never competed in the NBA Finals or Conference Finals.
- Play at least 2 seasons for the Rockets and take part in more than 100 games.
- Play at least 100 games as a starter for the Rockets.
Ergo, players like Kenny Smith, Calvin Murphy or Goran Dragic can’t be considered. This top five is for players that by virtue of their hard work and amazing talent managed to overachieve at some point in their career while never getting to compete in the so called “big games”.
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