Rank 'Em: NYC Point Guards

Created: July 10, 2008, 9:18 PM

Where does Stephon Marbury rank among NYC point guards?

New York City is the kind of place where it's easy to get lost in the shuffle if you don't step up and take charge, so maybe it's no surprise that the Big Apple has long been known as the country's cradle of point guards.

From the playground pavement to the glossy floor at Madison Square Garden, it always has been easy to find floor generals capable of putting on a show and getting things done at the same time. But who are the best of the best when it comes to Big Apple point guards, SportsNation?

As part of ESPN.com's City High series, we need your help in ranking the all-time best. From Bob Cousy to Rafer Alston, how do they stack up?

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  • Born in Queens, Kenny Anderson attended Archbishop Molloy, then followed fellow New Yorker Bobby Cremins to Georgia Tech, where he starred for the Yellow Jackets.
  • "Tiny" loomed large for years in the NBA, but he got his start in New York at DeWitt Clinton High. After a standout college career at UTEP, he embarked on a Hall of Fame career in the NBA marked by dazzling dribbling skills.
  • Perhaps the most famous product of New York's famed Rucker Park and other playground hotspots, the man known as "Skip to my Lou" went from streetball to Fresno State and on to the NBA.
  • Another New Yorker who starred in the college ranks in the ACC, Cota was actually born in Los Angeles but honed his skills in Brooklyn. After a standout college career at North Carolina, he's gone on to a successful pro career in Europe.
  • Forever linked to Boston by his championship-winning tenure with the Celtics, Cousy got his start in the Big Apple.
  • Jackson had one of the longest hometown runs of any of the point guards on this list. After starring in high school in Brooklyn, he went on to star at St. John's in college and earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors with the Knicks.
  • Nicknamed "Starbury" early on in his playing days, Marbury lived up to the moniker, first at Lincoln High School, then at Georgia Tech and with a number of teams in the NBA. He made his New York homecoming in 2004, when a trade brought him to the Knicks.
  • Yet another member of the pipeline that has sent talented Big Apple point guards to the ACC, Smith starred at North Carolina and went on to a standout NBA career, most notably with the Houston Rockets.
  • A college star in Chicago and a pro star in Washington, D.C., Strickland got his start in New York. Strickland actually got his NBA start with the Knicks, backing up fellow New Yorker Mark Jackson.
  • Marbury's younger cousin, Telfair was a star long before he went directly from Lincoln High School to the NBA.
  • Another Brooklyn native who gained fame at Rucker Park, Tinsley followed a long road to the NBA after leaving New York City. After standout two-year stints at Mount San Jacinto Junior College and Iowa State, he was drafted by the Pacers.
  • Known by far more people as Pearl, a nickname derived from former Knicks star Earl Monroe, Dwayne Washington starred at Syracuse but never found his niche in the NBA.
  • The NBA's all-time leader in coaching wins and a man enshrined as both a player and a coach, Wilkens began his basketball odyssey in New York before moving on to Providence College and numerous NBA stops, most notably St. Louis as a player and Seattle as a coach.