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Who is Kentucky’s best point guard in the past 10 years

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Since KSR has been focused on ‘summer topics’ lately, this might be an interesting one to discuss. Andrew Adkins, a writer for isportsweb.com went into detail for the argument of who Kentucky’s best point guard in the past 10 years is. The bracket setting breaks down point guards who have spent time at Kentucky before moving on to greater things.

Here is the bracket set-up.

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It all comes down to Wall vs. Rondo in the Championship.

Rondo was nearly the quintessential point guard at Kentucky. He could pass the ball effortlessly, speed past defenders with dexterity, rebound the basketball with regularity and guard forwards as well as opposing guards with tenacity, but the one facet of his game while at Kentucky that keeps him from being crowned champion of KPGAA May Madness is captivation.

Wall captivated his team, the fan base and the nation with his tantalizing play and unswerving confidence. Wall led a Kentucky program, not just a team, back to glory one year after an NIT Tournament appearance.

When all is said and done, Wall is selected as the best. It is hard to agree with the reasoning behind his argument, since Rondo too brought excitement to the Kentucky teams he played for. However, Wall was essential in the start of the Calipari era at Kentucky, which might be seen as a greater feat since Kentucky had been less than satisfying  the years before. If you are counting it by NBA Championships, Rondo is the winner. He has been the star of his team and an important part of team success in the past. However, it could also be argued Wall is closely behind him after helping turn around the Washington Wizards. Wall also has more athleticism and attributes that would make him a bigger threat then Rondo.

What do you think? Who is the best?

 

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Article written by Courtney Hessler

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82 Comments for Who is Kentucky’s best point guard in the past 10 years



  1. Tim
    3:02 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Jeff Teague?



  2. timefor9
    3:02 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Really? JEFF Teague?



  3. Say what
    3:05 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Jeff Teague? Seriously !?



  4. UK
    3:08 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Bledsoe should be included and Michael Porter should be no where near this list. Rondo has been the best pro but Wall was the best at UK with Knight a close second.



  5. loser
    3:09 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    EPIC FAIL on Jeff Teague



  6. Michael
    3:10 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I think it comes down to John Wall and Brandon Knight. Knight led the 2011 team to the final four before falling short to eventual champion uconn. I still probably give the edge to John Wall because he started the Calipari Era and put new life back in to the big blue nation.



  7. T R
    3:13 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Jeff Teague???? Amazing!!



  8. Not Dan Issel
    3:16 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I would have thought Marquis Teague would have been a logical choice since he led the 2012 Cats to a national championship, but he is nowhere to be found among your choices. I don’t think his brother Jeff played at UK.



  9. Funkycat75
    3:18 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    So much fail. A small typo would be “Marques Teague”. This is a complete lack of awareness and preparation. Turn in your fan card, please.



    • Not Dan Issel
      3:21 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Marquis, not “Marques.”



    • Funkycat75
      3:21 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Not directed at Courtney, by the way.



    • Funkycat75
      3:22 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Try reading, Not Dan Issel.



  10. Papaw Brooks
    3:19 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Courtney shouldn’t ever post again… How can you not think of the proper name of the starting point guard that won our last title and blog on a KY website? The only thing more offensive would be mistaking Taco Bell for Taco John’s (that would make Drew Franklin’s head explode).



    • yitbos
      7:32 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      To be fair…Courtney didn’t make the bracket…just posted it. Andrew Adkins is to blame for Jeff Teague



    • yitbos
      7:32 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Yea…..didn’t see your other comment…lol….it’s been a long day



  11. RexRox
    3:21 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    No way do I agree that Wall ha more athleticism than Rondo. NO point guard has more athleticism than Rondo. It’s a close call between the two but it does NOT come down to athleticism.



    • eddie vedder
      6:09 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Wall is absolutely as athletic as Rondo, and Russell Westbrook would also disagree with your assertion that NO point guard has more athleticism than Rondo.



    • lonnieb
      7:50 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      No crap…..Westbrook is the second most athletic player in the league to lebron and that is a very close race. And wall is def more athletic than rondo…he is not a better PG yet, but he is without question more athletic



  12. Papaw Brooks
    3:23 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    My bad… after reading further I realized it was Andrew Adkins who should be banned from posting anything ever again on any website… lo siento Courtney. Back to my garden.



    • Saltycarmel
      5:50 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Jeff is his older brother, simple mistake. Instead of being rude maybe have some respect. This article is amazing!



    • Big UK Dad
      11:00 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

      Well said. I wonder if Papaw would want his grandchild subjected to the same level of punishment for a simple error. Well considered analysis by a talented young writer.



  13. JackyBlue
    3:26 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Brandon Knight.



  14. Eric
    3:29 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    How is Marquis Teague a 5 seed? He won a national title. The question is: are we talking about the best PG while at uk or after? if so, I think you go:

    1. Wall
    2. Knight
    3. Teague
    4.Rondo
    5. Ramel
    6. Jasper
    7. Harrow
    8. Porter

    I think rondo was great at uk, but people give him a little too much credit because of his NBA career.



    • Eric
      3:32 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      And i could even switch teague and knight. I might be biased towards Teague because he was a big part of #8. I know that team was loaded, but he improved a lot throughout the year and was very good in the tourney.



  15. Joe Dan Gorman
    3:38 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Putting Jeff instead of Marquis is a ‘typo’ ??? LOL



  16. Hamburgaler
    3:39 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Why isn’t Andrew Harrison on this list, was he not a pg in the last ten years?



    • Baseball1239
      5:46 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Read the isportsweb article. That might help.



  17. Sean
    3:40 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    1. Wall
    2. Knight
    3. Rondo
    4. Bradley
    5. Teague

    Teague played his role effectively but to say that just because he was part of a national championship team he is overall a better player than the four I listed above is a weak argument.

    Is Mario Chalmers, who has 2 rings, any better of a point guard than Chris Paul, John Wall, Russell Westbrook, and Deron Williams who combined have 0 rings?



  18. Markus Teague
    3:46 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    At least you aint spell my name wrong and u just put another name on there. Thanx



  19. Calipari's Blue Ballers
    3:50 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Wall



  20. Jones Returns
    3:55 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Teague was the best point guard. Creater, distributor, bull dog mentality, great defender, good penitrator….if you want the best point guard is number one. If you’re asking who the best player is then he’s not in the top 4…but that’s not what you asked



  21. TheTruth
    3:55 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Michael Porter. He is God.



  22. rnet
    4:03 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    No doubt , Teague or Knight at the top. For my money I’d go with Teague running the point.



  23. tk
    4:11 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Wall by far. The team went 35-3 and stayed at the top of the polls all year. Knight is runner up with a final four run. Rondo was and is a team killer. NBA title yes, but he was the 5th or 6th most relevant player on the team. Just think of what Wall and Knight could’ve done with a second season @ UK. Rondo went from elite 8 to 2nd rd. loser, nuff’ said.



  24. Derp
    4:13 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Are you fuggin serious, Courtney?



  25. Big Mouth REX
    4:14 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I like the point guard we got right now better that any of those!



  26. UKUKUK
    4:33 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    ksr must just be picking up bums off the street to write for the site. or letting 5 year olds do it.



    • Big UK Dad
      11:05 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

      Lets see your work. Put your words on line. Lets see how much you can do besides making stupid judgments about others. If you will judge, you should be willing to be judged.



  27. Scott
    4:42 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Teague > Harrow > Bradley!!!!!!!!



  28. STOOPS TROOPS
    5:05 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I’d of put Polson in there before Porter lol he sucked



  29. Goonies25
    5:07 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Pretty sure this “isn’t” Courtney’s bracket…..where is Bledsoe? Wall is far and away the best pg. not even close really. Wall, Rondo, Bledsoe, Teague, in that order.



    • Goonies25
      5:08 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Knight before Teague, sorry.



    • Baseball1239
      5:48 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Bledsoe played shooting guard



  30. bill
    5:12 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    No cliff hawkins=fail. He was a senior ten yrs ago.



  31. Nick in Glasgow
    5:15 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Jeff? Really? How do you make that mistake?



  32. Mrice
    5:39 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I was talking to my dad about Porter during the regular season. How he would constantly miss wide open break away lay ups. At least he has that unique talent over all of the rest.



  33. John Ellis
    5:39 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Rondo was a terrible college player his second year. He gutted that team. Tubby benched him half the season and rightly so. UK was a better team than Florida then Rondo went backwards and took the team with him. He coast Tubby his job. He’s been a mixed blessing in the NBA too. Not to mention his personal behavior. Great talent but I’d take Saul Smith over him. Seriously. Terrible teammate at Kentucky and UK should have been title contenders both years. He blew the four pt. lead they had in the EE game too, on offense and defense. Talent is not everything. Look where he went in the draft.



    • eddie vedder
      6:12 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Tubby cost Tubby his job since he left on his own accord. And Saul Smith hahahahahahah



    • Insider?
      7:01 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      “He’s been a mixed blessing in the NBA too. Not to mention his personal behavior.”

      Explain, please.



  34. Baseball1239
    5:41 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Did anybody actually bother to read the actual article? Marquis Teague is mentioned multiple times. It’s a simple mistake



    • Chris
      8:46 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Kind of like when your UL fan mommy and daddy had you.



  35. katfaninyourface
    5:48 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    BK was the best–only one who could shoot a lick



  36. Billy Bob Thornton
    5:49 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Wall!



  37. JabbaTheHutt
    5:54 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Call me crazy, but I’m putting Wall 3rd! I always thought most fans overrate Wall. I agree he was a “rock star” and the most important recruit since Mashburn. I agree that he is a stud, but many UK fans act like he was/is a LeBron or Durrant type impact player. I actually dislike Rondo, but you put him on the 10, 11, 12, or ,14 teams and its probably a national championship every year and a very possible 40-0 in 2010, 2012, and 2014. I have a soft spot for Brandon Knight. He is by far my favorite PG of the Cal era. Good kid, good student, good attitude, always calm and collected, and he could hit a jumper and make free throws!



  38. Spencer
    5:54 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I believe Brandon Knight did more w/ less. Walk is great, Teague had a decent tourney, Rondo was the best alm around but didn’t show it til the NBA. So outside of those guys there is no conversation.



  39. Andrew Adkins
    5:58 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Hey thank you for the shoutout, I apologize to all Kentucky basketball fans for placing Marquis’ brother in the article rather than Marquis, there is no excuse for doing that. I corrected the mistake and hopefully those who are interested in the debate will read the updated article and cast their vote in the poll.

    Thanks,

    Andrew Adkins



    • Chris
      8:47 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      This guy is a noted UofL fan.



    • Courtney Sealey
      12:03 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Fixed it here too! Thank you!



  40. STOOPS TROOPS
    6:11 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    When rondo got with sparks girl that ruined that team.



    • schwing
      8:42 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      yeah. misplaced anger between the guys who were doing what guys do. why don’t guys in those situations place their anger on the wh0re where it belongs.



  41. ukbradstith
    6:16 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    If it’s just for uk, and not what they’ve done in the nba, it’s wall, knight, rondo in that order, but you could even move Bradley ahead of rondo, but I’d consider him more of a shooting guard.



  42. arlo
    6:58 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    no mention of brandon stockton?



  43. Mitch
    7:41 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I am a huge wall fan but this isn’t even close. The fact that rondo wasn’t the one seed is a disgrace. He led his team to the eastern conference finals like 4 times. The last two times he was the best player. If you have not read the SI article they did on him shortly after his ACL surgery you should. His basketball IQ is off the charts and he makes his team so much better than every other point guard. He is a strange dude but his talent and ability to see the game cannot be understated. Wall is four years in and off to a good start but to act like he has reached the level of rondo is preposterous.



    • Exatly!
      7:45 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      I couldn’t agree more. Had Rondo played for Cal instead of slowdown Tubby he would have been amazing at UK. Tubby actually held him back as his NBA career has shown. And as far as NBA success Wall doesn’t even come close to Rondo.



    • lonnieb
      7:54 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      So….wall was better in college. Rondo (coaching or not) was not better in college. Give wall a few more years and we will talk about nba. Rondo got to play with some of the best players of this generation while learning the ropes of the nba while wall is trying to lead a team at 22/23 years old while learning/growing as a player. Its not fair yet. Wall has the raw potential to be better than rondo as a pro as well…only time will tell



  44. Unbiased
    8:04 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Rondo. Easy.



  45. CardFan502
    8:05 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    siva better than all these fools .



  46. Duff
    8:11 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    John Wall. This question does not even need to be asked!



  47. WPC 1
    8:20 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    John Wall hands down. Bledsoe top 3. No clue why porter is on here.



  48. Lexington 3
    8:29 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    John Wall. Any other answer is just someone trying to be cute.



  49. bung
    9:06 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Wall, Rondo Jasper…Knight shoulda been a 2 guard, he would not run the break, he liked to walk it up and set himself up for a shot…Jasper would have been great but coach thought being creative was a negative…



  50. LeitchfieldAlex
    9:06 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    1. Wall 2. Rondo 3. Knight 4. Teague



  51. jymbo
    9:07 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Most Stoopid post ever



  52. Catlantan
    9:13 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    This is an unpopular opinion but I think Knight is pretty clearly the best PG we’ve had. Rondo’s had the best NBA career (so far) but this is a discussion of who was better in college. Rondo is probably the best defender of the group, but he couldn’t throw the ball into an ocean on offense and only got his points on breakaway steals and layups. Wall is an incredible player, but gets overrated for a few pretty obvious reasons. First being that he was seen as somewhat of the savior of this program. I mean, the person we had to compare him to was Michael Porter the year before, obviously Wall is going to like 100x better when comparing those two. Wall also has a rockstar personality and brought attention with him wherever he went. It was deserved because he was a great player, but I feel like he was hyped so much its downright impossible to not overrate him slightly.

    I give it to Knight because of his shooting ability and IQ. I’ve never seen a freshman play that cerebral at the point. Hell, I’d even argue that he has one of the highest IQs of any PG to play in college in the past decade. Fantastic passer, very good scorer, more athletic than people give him credit for too. He won’t be the NBA player that Rondo has been or that Wall will be, but you won’t find a player as smart as him at the college level, and his game is absolutely perfect for college. Most won’t agree, but if you break it down to who is really the best college PG, you have to give it to Knight. Probably one of the most underrated players we’ve had here (although don’t even get me started on Doron Lamb).



  53. Voice of Reason
    10:46 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Since it’s still 2014 Cliff Hawkins should be on this list. Michael Porter is a pedophile, c’mon!!! Polson is a better PG than Porter!!!! So is Ryan Harrow. Bracket fail.



  54. Voice of Common Sense
    11:47 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Hawkins isn’t on the list bc the list spans the 2004-05 season to now, only starters and only ex-players. Read the article and you will know Voice of Reason. Also, the problem with the name was fixed. This guy worked hard on this.



  55. Bob
    12:03 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    John Wall was #1 at Kentucky and maybe SEC over the past 10 years .He is by far one of the most exciting players to watch . I use to wander as i watched Wall play what this team would look like with Macy as his team mate in his prime. I am and always will be an K. Macy fan . It would be impossible for me to pick 5 players from the history of Kentucky as my team. I will never forget Parker in the Jacksonville game or Goose in the Duke game on and on . Now we have greats after greats with coach Cal.Who ever dreamed of an player such as A. Davis ? His middle name should be A. impact Davis . Question think if John Wall and Cousins were on this team also and they all stayed 4 years with the players following .Yea i know but what an dream hu?I thank John Wall and every player for bringing there game and talent to UK because no one in the world has enjoyed them more than i . I want to say something about the rumors of coach Cal and the lakers hell he has an lakers team in Kentucky on the NCAA level .



  56. Tru blue
    12:36 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Post fail. Bracket fail. No Hawkins? U mention Porter and Harrow? Really u mention Porter? Porter really really sucked. I’ll take Brandon Stockton over both of them. DLamb played point. Bledsoe ran point at times too. Seem’s like u got people who don’t really watch the games but r n the room when their on actin like a fan making these post up aren’t cha. 10 yrs? Is that how far Kentucky BASKETBALL goes back at ksr!? It should be of all time. Quit sellin the greats short. Last 10 yrs is Night. He knew how to find his teamates and could shoot. Then bulldog Teague, he was a true point guard. Don’t forget time at UK not NBA. Wall? This isn’t a poularity contest is it? Fans who don’t know basketball and r Johnny come lately’s will pick Wall. I bet he’ll win. He will be the best in the NBA but not at UK. ALL TIME is Anthony EPPS!!!



    • Big UK Dad
      11:13 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

      Might I humbly suggest you follow up with your idea and post a “best guards of all time” bracket? You seem to have an idea of who will win. I’d like to see your reasoning for that conclusion.



  57. Facepalm
    11:09 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Idiots..



  58. CatBlue in LR
    11:38 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I take Brandon Knight over Rondo in that bracket when considering only their time at Kentucky.



  59. Big UK Dad
    11:04 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

    I’m certain you would be SOOOOO much better at it. Would you please offer up some links to samples of your eloquence and incisive analysis? Easy to take pot shots from a soft chair.