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A look at six PGs in the dominant Western Conference

  • FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif.  Curry is scoring seemingly at will, but his improved ability to find his teammates has elevated him to All-Star starter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif. Curry is scoring seemingly at will, but his improved ability to find his teammates has elevated him to All-Star starter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014, file photo, Phoenix Suns'  Goran Dragic directs his teammates during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The Suns are one of the biggest surprises of the season, and Dragic is the main reason. He been magnificent, lifting the Suns into the playoff race during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr., File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014, file photo, Phoenix Suns' Goran Dragic directs his teammates during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The Suns are one of the biggest surprises of the season, and Dragic is the main reason. He been magnificent, lifting the Suns into the playoff race during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr., File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones, left, and guard Derek Fisher during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Through the end of January, Lillard averaged 20.6 points and 5.6 assists as the quarterback of the league’s No. 1 scoring offense. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones, left, and guard Derek Fisher during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Through the end of January, Lillard averaged 20.6 points and 5.6 assists as the quarterback of the league’s No. 1 scoring offense. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) tries to block San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9) during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Miami. Though he’s 31 years old, Parker still gets from point A to point B faster than most. And unlike some of the other top point guards, Parker has been durable, missing just four games. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) tries to block San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9) during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Miami. Though he’s 31 years old, Parker still gets from point A to point B faster than most. And unlike some of the other top point guards, Parker has been durable, missing just four games. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul passes the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Before Paul missed the month of January while recovering from a shoulder injury, he was averaging 19.6 points and a league-best 11.2 assists in 34 games. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul passes the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Before Paul missed the month of January while recovering from a shoulder injury, he was averaging 19.6 points and a league-best 11.2 assists in 34 games. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2013, file photo,, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio.  Yes, the Thunder are rolling without him, but Westbrook, when healthy, is one of the most dynamic players in the NBA. He has been out since late December after having surgery on his right knee. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2013, file photo,, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. Yes, the Thunder are rolling without him, but Westbrook, when healthy, is one of the most dynamic players in the NBA. He has been out since late December after having surgery on his right knee. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson (15) shoots over Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Jackson has stepped in for the injured Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have continued to roll. Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Jackson's improvement is not always evident, and not because of Kevin Durant's MVP play. Brooks says it's hard for Jackson to standout against the talented point guards he faces in the Western Conference on nightly basis. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson (15) shoots over Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Jackson has stepped in for the injured Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have continued to roll. Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Jackson's improvement is not always evident, and not because of Kevin Durant's MVP play. Brooks says it's hard for Jackson to standout against the talented point guards he faces in the Western Conference on nightly basis. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif.  Curry is scoring seemingly at will, but his improved ability to find his teammates has elevated him to All-Star starter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif. Curry is scoring seemingly at will, but his improved ability to find his teammates has elevated him to All-Star starter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif.  Curry is scoring seemingly at will, but his improved ability to find his teammates has elevated him to All-Star starter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014, file photo, Phoenix Suns'  Goran Dragic directs his teammates during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. The Suns are one of the biggest surprises of the season, and Dragic is the main reason. He been magnificent, lifting the Suns into the playoff race during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr., File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Perry Jones, left, and guard Derek Fisher during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Through the end of January, Lillard averaged 20.6 points and 5.6 assists as the quarterback of the league’s No. 1 scoring offense. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2014, file photo, Miami Heat's Shane Battier (31) tries to block San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9) during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Miami. Though he’s 31 years old, Parker still gets from point A to point B faster than most. And unlike some of the other top point guards, Parker has been durable, missing just four games. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul passes the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Before Paul missed the month of January while recovering from a shoulder injury, he was averaging 19.6 points and a league-best 11.2 assists in 34 games. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2013, file photo,, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook celebrates a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio.  Yes, the Thunder are rolling without him, but Westbrook, when healthy, is one of the most dynamic players in the NBA. He has been out since late December after having surgery on his right knee. (AP Photo/Darren Abate, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2014, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson (15) shoots over Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Jackson has stepped in for the injured Russell Westbrook and the Thunder have continued to roll. Thunder coach Scott Brooks says Jackson's improvement is not always evident, and not because of Kevin Durant's MVP play. Brooks says it's hard for Jackson to standout against the talented point guards he faces in the Western Conference on nightly basis. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) dribbles past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif.  Curry is scoring seemingly at will, but his improved ability to find his teammates has elevated him to All-Star starter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson has stepped in for the injured Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder have continued to roll.

Thunder Coach Scott Brooks said Jackson’s improvement is not always evident, and not just because of Kevin Durant’s MVP-caliber play. Brooks said it’s hard for Jackson to stand out against the talented point guards he faces in the Western Conference on nightly basis. During a six-day stretch in January, Jackson matched up with Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Sacramento’s Isaiah Thomas, Portland’s Damian Lillard and San Antonio’s Tony Parker.

“It’s just a position that, especially in the West, it seems like there’s 15 very, very good point guards,” Brooks said.

Exceptional point guard play is one reason the West is 171-91 against the East this season. Though Chris Paul and Westbrook have missed significant time with injuries, the West features a deep, talented group of point guards.

Here are six point guards to watch in the West – not including New Orleans’s Jrue Holiday, Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio or Denver’s Ty Lawson:

STEPHEN CURRY, GOLDEN STATE: Curry is scoring seemingly at will, but his improved ability to find his teammates has elevated him to All-Star starter. This season, he has increased his scoring and leads the league in 3-point field goals while ranking second in assists. Curry’s range and quick release make him one of the NBA’s most potent perimeter threats, but his 9.0 assists per game makes him one of the league’s elite point guards and the Warriors offense click.

GORAN DRAGIC, PHOENIX: The Suns are one of the biggest surprises of the season, and Dragic is the main reason. He been magnificent, lifting the Suns into the playoff race during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Dragic has been especially dominant with Eric Bledsoe out. In January, Dragic averaged 22.3 points and 6.6 assists while shooting 52 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range. He has done it with a starting cast of Gerald Green, Channing Frye, Miles Plumlee and P.J. Tucker – solid players, but not stars.

DAMIAN LILLARD, PORTLAND: The second-year point guard – and first-time All-Star – helps make the Trail Blazers a threat in the Western Conference. He averages 20.7 points and 5.7 assists as the quarterback of the league’s No. 1 scoring offense. His best asset is his versatility – he can attack the basket, yet he shoots 41 percent from 3-point range and he passes as well as he scores.

TONY PARKER, SAN ANTONIO: Though he’s 31 years old, Parker still gets from point A to point B faster than most. And unlike some of the other top point guards, Parker has been durable, missing just four games. He’s struggling a bit as the Spurs deal with injuries to Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Tiago Splitter, but Parker’s All-Star performance is keeping San Antonio competitive. Parker is averaging 18.4 points and 6.4 assists while shooting 51 percent from the field.

CHRIS PAUL, L.A. CLIPPERS: Unfortunately for the Clippers, Chris and his fictional twin brother, Cliff, have been logging the same number of minutes lately. But before Paul missed the month of January while recovering from a shoulder injury, but he was averaging 19.6 points and a league-best 11.2 assists in 34 games. Last year’s All-Star MVP started the season with 13 consecutive games with double figures in points and assists. Paul’s court vision, quickness and strength give him the option to score or set others up. Paul’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.47-to-1 is by far the best in the NBA.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK, OKLAHOMA CITY: Yes, the Thunder are rolling without him, but Westbrook, when healthy, is one of the most dynamic players in the NBA. Westbrook has been out since late December after having surgery on his right knee – after a triple-double on Christmas Day against the Knicks, just two days before having the procedure. He’s expected to return after the All-Star break, and with Jackson’s development in his absence, the Thunder might have the best 1-2 point guard duo in the league. Before the latest surgery, Westbrook averaged 21.3 points and 7.0 assists per game. He also averaged 6.0 rebounds – a ridiculous total for a point guard.

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