Poll

Who is the greatest NBA point guard ever?

Leading Off: Greatness passes as Kidd, Jones move on

Published: Thursday, Jun. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 7, 2013 - 9:09 am

Two sports passages of note:

• Sacramento basketball fans often point to Jason Williams as the exemplar of pure street-ball artistry, but Jason Kidd, who announced his NBA retirement Monday, was a ball-handling genius and a peerless passer. He played as if shot from a cannon, but with control that kept it all together.

He was among the best point guards of all time – the line begins behind Magic Johnson – an assertion the record supports. He had a long career, statistical supremacy (second all time in total steals and assists, third in three-pointers and minutes played), and won an NBA title (2011, with the Dallas Mavericks).

He dominated at all levels with the quickness of a smaller player and the strength of a larger one.

• David "Deacon" Jones was a player who changed pro football. He invented the term "sacking the quarterback" and practiced that crushing art form with frightening enthusiasm. He was fast and unrelenting, the first defensive end who played sideline to sideline.

With the Los Angeles Rams from 1961 through 1971, he was the best player on one of the best defensive lines ever, the "Fearsome Foursome" of Jones, Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lundy and Rosie Grier. Like Minnesota's "Purple People Eaters" and Pittsburgh's "Steel Curtain," Jones and the Rams' line were a definitive NFL unit.

Jones was a rare defensive player – think Lawrence Taylor or Deion Sanders – people tuned in to watch, a rarity for somebody not throwing, catching or carrying the ball.

Today's poll

Who is the greatest NBA point guard ever? • Bob Cousy

• Magic Johnson

• Jason Kidd

• Oscar Robertson

• John Stockton

• Other

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field

Tuesday's results

Should Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum be sent to the bullpen?

• Yes: 51%

• No: 49%

Total votes: 248

Call The Bee's Brian Blomster, (916) 326-5512. Follow him on Twitter @b_blomster.

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