CBS Sports recently published an article ranking the top 22 point guards in the NBA, and quite frankly, I don’t agree with much of the list.
Initially New York Knicks center guard Jalen Bronson is ranked 21st of the best points guard ports, and while I do my best to leave bias, it definitely has to be above 21.
CBS Sports listed Knicks player Jalen Bronson 21st in their points guard ranking
If you take a deeper look at the ranking, you’ll find many players listed before Bronson, such as Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic, Shay Gilgeos Alexander, CJ McCollum, and Therese Maxi (or James Harden), who are simply not real rangers. They are great and talented players, so don’t denigrate them.
I’m well aware that the NBA today is shifting more towards “centerless” basketball, but comparing some of these players to Bronson isn’t fair.
Also, Marcus Smart’s rating higher than Bronson’s is questionable to me. Sure, he’s great defensively, but Bronson seems to have a much better overall game.
Another player ahead of Galen is Fred van Vliet. Getting Bronson at 21 and Vanfleet at 12 is absurd. If I say VanVleet is a better guard, okay, but saying he deserves to be Brunson’s nine points is something I won’t let you get away with.
Bronson and the Knicks agreed a four-year, $104 million deal this summer, putting him 14th on the league’s highest-paid goalkeeper list. Looking at the NBA, I would say this is a good value. If I were to make my own list of point guards, Bronson would be close to the 14-16 range.
We as Knicks fans know all too well what has seemed to be a constant search for a point guard for the franchise, and I think Bronson could be the answer. He’s a skilled player around the edge, has a high basketball IQ, and works hard on both sides of the ball.
Bronson’s new teammates certainly seem ready to go with him.
Bronson is coming off a great year averaging 16.3 points and 4.8 assists while shooting 50.2% from the field and 37.3% from three. When you remember that this was done while playing in the shadows of Luka Doncic, it’s pretty impressive.
If Tom Thibodeau allows Jalen Brunson to be the primary ball handler and plays with RJ Barrett and Julius Randle, I think he will end up surprising a lot of people this season.