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Who are the top 10 point guards in the NBA entering the 2019-20 season?

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Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry [NBA Getty Images]

Having ranked the top 30 players in the NBA, it only makes sense that we now break down the league's best players at each position.

Up to the task are four members of our NBA.com Staff: Myself, Gil McGregor, Scott Rafferty and Carlan Gay.

For the sake of repetitiveness in this activity, we classified players as one position.

For example, you'll notice that Jrue Holiday - whom many of us believed would have belonged on this list - cannot be found, because he is expected to play shooting guard alongside Lonzo Ball this season. You'll also notice that Ben Simmons - whom is listed as a small forward at times - can be found on this list, because he is most certainly the Philadelphia 76ers' starting point guard.

As for players who just missed the cut - Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry and Denver Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray ranked just outside the top-10.

With all that being said, below, you'll find our rankings for the best points guards in the NBA entering the 2019-20 season.

10. Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Stat to know: Young averaged 24.7 points and 9.2 assists per game after the All-Star break in his rookie season, making a push on Luka Doncic for Rookie of the Year.

9. Mike Conley, Utah Jazz

Stat to know: Conley averaged a career-high 21.1 points per game last season, which should give the Jazz a much-needed offensive boost.

8. D'Angelo Russell, Golden State Warriors

Stat to know: Russell averaged career-highs in points (21.1), assists (7.0) and rebounds (3.9) per game last season, leading the Brooklyn Nets back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014-15.

7. De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

Stat to know: Fox ranked in the top-10 in the NBA in both assists per game (7.3) and steals per game (1.6) last season while averaging 17.3 points per game.

6. Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics

Stat to know: Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 points per game last season - good for top-10 in the league - while notching 5.9 assists per game, the second-best mark of his career.

T-4. Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets

Stat to know: Westbrook averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and a league-leading 10.7 assists per game last season, his third consecutive season averaging a triple-double and second consecutive season leading the league in assists.

T-4. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers

Stat to know: Simmons' 610 assists were third-most in the NBA last season while his 697 rebounds ranked 16th. Simmons and Westbrook were the only two players to rank in the top-20 in both of these categories.

3. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets

Stat to know: Lillard averaged 6.9 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season, which were all career-highs. His scoring average (23.8 ppg) was also good enough for top-15 in the NBA.

2. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Stat to know: Lillard's 2,067 points last season were fifth-most in the NBA while his 551 assists ranked ninth. Only Lillard and James Harden finished top-five in total points and top-10 in total assists.

1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Stat to know: The last season Curry played without Kevin Durant was his unanimous MVP season (2015-16), where he led the league in scoring with 30.1 points per game. Curry averaged 32.9 points, 6.3 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game once Durant got hurt in last season's playoffs.

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