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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  November 11, 2010 03:15 PM

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That's what the point guard position is in the NBA. In our little neck of the woods we're blessed with the incomparable Rajon Rondo, but there are talented playmakers all across the NBA. The position has undergone a renaissance in the last five years and brought the quality of play in the league back with it.

It wasn't that long ago that true point guards like Steve Nash and Jason Kidd were somewhat of a novelty, part of the reason Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006. Since 2005 a bevy of talented floor generals have entered the league: Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Rondo, Derrick Rose (we'll count him as a PG for now), Russell Westbrook, Brandon Jennings and this year, John Wall.

Toss the vanguard in with the old guard of Nash, Kidd and San Antonio's Tony Parker, perhaps, one of the league's most underrated players, and you have the deepest position in the league.

It's a return to the roots of the game. There are the rare point forward types like LeBron James, Larry Bird and Scottie Pippen and transcendent talents like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, but for the most part the facilitating is best left in the hands of the point guard, the NBA's version of a quarterback.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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