The four best backup point guards in the NBA

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Shaun Livingston

Playing backup to Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston really came into his own during the MVP's injury struggles in the postseason, but the former number four pick has long been considered the best second-choice PG in the league. 

Since landing in Oakland in 2014, Livingston has really established himself in the rotation. His reluctance to shoot the three plays into the hands of the Warriors as he can drive to the basket and create space for the shooters on the team.

He has really developed a niche for himself in the Bay and the high release on his mid-range jumper makes him a nightmare to defend.

Last season he played 19.5 minutes per game while averaging 6.3 points and three assists and shooting 53.6 percent from the field.

Patty Mills

The Australian has spent the past four seasons deputising for French future Hall of Famer, Tony Parker, and the San Antonio Spurs couldn't have asked for a better option.

Throughout the 2015/16 campaign, Patty Mills played 81 regular season games and was a 42.5 percent shooter from the field as he averaged 8.5 points and 2.8 assists per game. 

He offers a threat from behind the three-point line, shooting 38.4 percent as the Spurs won 67 games to finish second in the west, and fits perfectly into Gregg Popovich system and philosophy.

Mills will face competition from rookie Dejounte Murray, who is considered the steal of the 2016 draft, but it should only drive the guard on to continue his improvement.

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

Cory Joseph

Since joining the Toronto Raptors from the Spurs in 2015, Cory Joseph has seen his production and minutes increase as he plays backup to two-time All-Star Kyle Lowry.

The Raptors won a franchise-record amount of regular season games last campaign and the 25-year-old was a key member of their rotation. 

His three-point shooting could certainly improve but the 2014 champion is relentless in his attempts to attack the basket and finished last season with 8.5 points on a 43.9 shooting clip and 3.1 assists. 

He could easily make a claim to be a starting guard with a lesser team, but playing backup with the Eastern Conference challengers suits his style and he can continue to learn and develop alongside Lowry.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - Game Three

Marcus Smart

The Boston Celtics player is considered a combo guard but still plays enough minutes at the point to make this list. 

The understudy to Isaiah Thomas has a completely different style to his All-Star teammate but brings his own set of skills to the one spot in Beantown. 

He averages 9.1 points per night but shoots below 40 percent. However, it is the defence that earns Marcus Smart a place on this list. 

He played 27.3 minutes per game last season and the ability to lock down the opposition was a huge factor in that.

Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Shaun Livingston
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Marcus Smart
Boston Celtics
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
Cory Joseph
Toronto Raptors
Patty Mills

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