Point Guard Smile Power Rankings

It’s the NBA off-season but that doesn’t mean we aren’t keeping track of which of our point guards are smiling! Wry grins and unabashed buoyant beaming and everything in between, join us for the annual Point Guard Smile Power Rankings! Who has what it takes to smile all the way to victory? As always, all quotes are from Frank Herbert’s “Dune”!

30. Brandon Knight

“Grave this on your memory, lad: A world is supported by four things…” she held up four big-knuckled fingers. “…the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the righteous and the valor of the brave. But all of these things are as nothing…” She closed her fingers into a fist. “…without a ruler who knows the art of ruling. Make that the science of your tradition!”

29. Tony Parker

“The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.”

28. Patrick Beverly


“The people who can destroy a thing, they control it.”

27. George Hill

“Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.”

26. Elfrid Payton

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“The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows - a wall against the wind.”

25. Jose Calderon

“There should be a science of discontent. People need hard times to develop psychic muscles.”

24. Damian Lillard

“A killer with the manners of a rabbit - this is the most dangerous kind.”

23. Raymond Felton

“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”

22. Ty Lawson

“We faced it and did not resist. The storm passed through us and around us. It’s gone, but we remain.”

21. Kemba Walker

“Knowing where the trap is— that’s the first step in evading it.”

20. Brandon Jennings

“The most persistent principles of the universe were accident and error.”

19. Derrick Rose

“When he wanted, he could radiate charm and sincerity, but I often wonder in these later days if anything about him was as it seemed. I think now he was a man fighting constantly to escape the bars of an invisible cage.”

18. Steve Nash

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“Never obliterate a man unthinkingly, the way an entire fief might do it through some due process of law. Always do it for an overriding purpose—and know your purpose!”

17. Darren Collison

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“His voice was low, charged with unspeakable adjectives.”

16. Trey Burke

“It is easier to be terrified by an enemy you admire.”

15. Stephen Curry

“Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

14. Deron Williams

“The day hums sweetly when you have enough bees working for you.”

13. Kyle Lowry

“Do not count a human dead until you’ve seen his body. And even then you can make a mistake.”

12. Mario Chalmers

“O you who know what we suffer here, do not forget us in your prayers.”

11. John Wall

“The sardonic is all that permits him to move within himself. Without this quality, even occasional greatness will destroy a man.”

10. Mike Conley

“I am a leg of the death tripod that will destroy our foes.”

9. Kyrie Irving

“There’s steel in this man that no one has taken the temper out of…”

8. Goran Dragic/Eric Bledsoe

“It occurred to her that mercy was the ability to stop, if only for a moment. There was no mercy where there could be no stopping.”

7. Chris Paul

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“How often it is that the angry man rages denial of what his inner self is telling him.”

6. Russell Westbrook

“Thou shalt not make a machine to counterfeit a human mind.”

5. Jrue Holiday

“A popular man arouses the jealousy of the powerful.”

4. Jeff Teague


“Humans are almost always lonely.”

3. Ricky Rubio

“A plan depends as much upon execution as it does upon concept.”

2. Rajon Rondo

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“Better a dry morsel and quietness therewith than a house full of sacrifice and strife.”

1. Michael Carter-Williams

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“A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.”

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