Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 point guards in the NBA

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Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 point guards in the NBA

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Trade Value Rankings: The Top 20 point guards in the NBA

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1
Luka Doncic (Dallas)

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Guaranteed money left: $215,159,700 till 2026-27
2021/22 stats: 28.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 8.7 apg, 45.7 FG%, 35.3 3P%
Agent: Bill Duffy

Doncic might be the most difficult player to scheme against and has given some of the top defenses fits on a nightly basis. It’s not unreasonable to project him to finish his career out as a Top 25 player all-time or even better. That idea has several franchises sleeping poorly at night for not selecting him when they had the chance.

2
Trae Young (Atlanta)

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Guaranteed money left: $215,159,700 till 2026-27
2021/22 stats: 28.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 9.7 apg, 46.0 FG%, 38.2 3P%
Agent: Omar Wilkes

Where a lot of the players above are mostly in their primes, Young still has a lot more room for improvement. It’s possible his trade value nears the top of these rankings in the next several years.

3
Ja Morant (Memphis)

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Guaranteed money left: $204,969,440 till 2027-28
2021/22 stats: 27.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6.7 apg, 49.3 FG%, 34.4 3P%
Agent: Jim Tanner

Morant would probably be much higher if not for the occasional lower body injuries he suffers. Look for Morant to climb up these rankings as he contends with the Grizzlies now that he’s committed to them long-term.

4
Stephen Curry (Golden State)

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Guaranteed money left: $215,353,662 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 25.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 6.3 apg, 43.7 FG%, 38.0 3P%
Agent: Jeff Austin

Had Golden State had another disappointing season, we might be talking about their window being closed and speculating the merits of a full rebuild. However, they are champions once again and already have multiple talented young players in their future pipeline. Look for Curry to retire with the Warriors, especially since any other outcome could alienate their fanbase.

5
LaMelo Ball (Charlotte)

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Guaranteed money left: $8,623,920 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 20.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 7.6 apg, 42.9 FG%, 38.9 3P%
Agent: Raymond Brothers

Ball has silenced the doubters after leading a mediocre roster to two straight trips to the play-in tournament. He should slowly climb up these rankings with more consistency and some defensive improvement.

6
Cade Cunningham (Detroit)

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Guaranteed money left: $10,552,800 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 17.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.6 apg, 41.6 FG%, 31.4 3P%
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Cunningham likely would’ve been much higher on this list had he started his rookie year stronger. A full season playing at a high level and an improved record by the Pistons should have him skyrocket above these rankings this year.

7
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City)

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Guaranteed money left: $179,299,750 till 2026-27
2021/22 stats: 24.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.9 apg, 45.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%
Agent: Thaddeus Foucher

Oklahoma City could probably get a package of picks similar to the amount they received for Paul George for Gilgeous-Alexander if they wanted to extend their rebuild. Look for the Thunder to continue developing him and their lottery picks and to start competing soon.

8
Damian Lillard (Portland)

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Guaranteed money left: $258,694,291 till 2026-27
2021/22 stats: 24.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 7.3 apg, 40.2 FG%, 32.4 3P%
Agent: Aaron Goodwin

After over a year of speculation on his future as the Blazers traded everyone around him, Lillard still remains committed to the organization. Already outside the Top 25, he could go down further after signing a two-year maximum extension.

9
Darius Garland (Cleveland)

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Guaranteed money left: $201,770,795 till 2027-28
2021/22 stats: 21.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 8.6 apg, 46.2 FG%, 38.3 3P%
Agent: Rich Paul

Garland’s ascent from a good starting point guard to an All-Star has already made him invaluable. He should slowly rise up these rankings over the next several seasons after receiving a maximum contract extension this summer.

10
Dejounte Murray (Atlanta)

Guaranteed money left: $34,285,120 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 21.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 9.2 apg, 46.2 FG%, 32.7 3P%
Agent: Rich Paul

Murray’s ascent into being an All-Star and one of the best defensive guards in the league has completely changed his trade value over the last season. One of the more underrated aspects of his game he’s improved on is his three-point shooting, which leaves room for his value to further increase.

11
Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia)

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Guaranteed money left: $2,726,880 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 17.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 48.5 FG%, 42.7 3P%
Agent: Rich Paul

The Sixers are extremely fortunate not only to have a third potential star in Maxey but to have him earn less than $3 million in the next two seasons as they navigate challenges building the roster. He should steadily climb these rankings and maintain strong value on his next contract.

12
Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee)

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Guaranteed money left: $108,476,241 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 18.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 6.8 apg, 50.1 FG%, 41.1 3P%
Agent: Jason Glushon

Holiday might be higher on this list if not for the recent extension he signed that will have him earning close to $40 million at age 35. In the meantime, he remains an All-Star caliber player with a strong impact on winning playoff games.

13
Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana)

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Guaranteed money left: $4,215,120 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 15.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 8.2 apg, 47.3 FG%, 41.4 3P%
Agent: Aaron Mintz

It’s possible that the Kings sold low on Haliburton, considering he appeared on this list way before Domantas Sabonis. It’s possible his value rises by another 15 spots relatively soon based on his trajectory and potential.

14
Fred VanVleet (Toronto)

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Guaranteed money left: $44,074,074 till 2023-24
2021/22 stats: 20.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.7 apg, 40.3 FG%, 37.7 3P%
Agent: Brian Jungreis

VanVleet is due for a raise, likely starting during the 2023-24 season, either via an extension or free agency. Should the Raptors decide to go in another direction, they could probably get a haul for him after the All-Star season he just had.

15
Chris Paul (Phoenix)

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Guaranteed money left: $44,200,000 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 14.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 10.8 apg, 49.3 FG%, 31.7 3P%
Agent: Steve Heumann

Considering all the Suns gave up for Paul was the 30th pick in this year’s draft, it’s clear they should be able to extract much more than that should they decide to trade him this offseason. His contract structure, which only has one guaranteed season left, reduces the risk of age-related regression for interested teams.

16
Marcus Smart (Boston)

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Guaranteed money left: $77,087,996 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats: 12.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.9 apg, 41.8 FG%, 33.1 3P%
Agent: Jason Glushon

In 2020 there was some discourse if Smart’s trade value was worth the second overall pick in that year’s draft. After a career year where he won Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Celtics to the Finals, it wouldn’t be outrageous for a team to offer a high lottery pick for him.

17
Josh Giddey (Oklahoma City)

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Guaranteed money left: $6,287,400 till 2024-25
2021/22 stats: 12.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 6.4 apg, 41.9 FG%, 26.3 3P%
Agent: Alex Saratsis

Giddey seems to be part of the next great Thunder team alongside Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and whoever they select in this year’s draft. He should rise through these rankings over the next few seasons.

18
Jalen Brunson (New York)

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Guaranteed money left: $104,000,000 till 2025-26
2021/22 stats:
16.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, 50.2 FG%, 37.3 3P%
Agent: Aaron Mintz

Dallas had a chance to extend Brunson to four years, $55.6 million, which would’ve made him one of the biggest bargains in the league and skyrocketed his trade value. He is now earning nearly double that amount, and it will be interesting to see how the league values him on his new deal.

19
Jamal Murray (Denver)

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Guaranteed money left: $101,500,200 till 2024-25
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

Murray would probably be 20-30 spots higher had he played last season. A healthy bounceback year could put him back in that range.

20
Ben Simmons (Brooklyn)

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Guaranteed money left: $113,680,224 till 2024-25
Agent: Rich Paul

Simmons’ trade value plummeted with his refusal to play for the Sixers, which put his commitment to basketball in doubt. Still, he is so talented that he could easily be 60 spots higher on this list had he played last season.

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