Getting to the point at Florida

Orlando Magic guard Jason Williams goes up for a shot in front of New Orleans Hornets forward James Posey during the second half in Orlando of this Feb. 8, 2010, game. J-Will played at UF. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

With Chris Chiozza breaking the school record for assists in UF’s regular season finale against Kentucky, debates have arisen about the best point guards in Florida history.

Certainly Chiozza, at 551 career assists and counting, belongs in the conversation. Here’s a statistical measure that takes into account Florida point guards in terms of assists per minute, in relation to team field goal percentage:

1.  Jason Williams,  1 assist every 4.7 minutes, 1998, team shot .443

2. Nick Calathes, 1 assist every 5.2 minutes, 2007-09, teams shot .482

3. Ronnie Montgomery, 1 assist every 5.5 minutes, 1985-088, teams shot .478

4. Chris Chiozza, 1 assist every 6.1 minutes, 2014-18, teams shot .435

5. Kasey Hill, 1 assist every 6.7 minutes, 2014-17, teams shot .445

6. Eddie Shannon, 1 assist every 7.4 minutes, 1996-99, teams shot .448

7. Greg Williams, 1 assists every 7.4 minutes, 1994-97, teams shot .446

8. Richard Glasper, 1 assist every 7.7 minutes, 1977-78, teams shot .501

9. Erving Walker, 1 assist every 7.9 minutes, 2009-12, teams shot .462

10. Taurean Green, 1 assist every 7.9 minutes, 2005-07, teams shot .502

11. Scottie Wilbekin, 1 assist every 8.2 minutes, 2010-14, teams shot .466

While the measure takes into account the primary job of a point guard, assists, there are a few missing subjective variables, including scoring, defense and leadership. Wilbekin, for example, was an SEC defensive player of the year, while Hill and Chiozza are All-SEC defenders. Green’s shooting ability and leadership in guiding Florida to back to back national championships can’t be discounted. Plus, Calathes and Chiozza were somewhat hamstrung by players that couldn’t finish consistently inside. How many times this season has Chiozza put a post player in position for a basket only for a dunk to be missed or a layup to rim out?

All and all, though, it’s an interesting list. Feel free to discuss:




  1. Love the list Kevin. Some of these guys could really play. I have to say, my favorite was Jason Williams. That guy was just fun to watch. He didn’t stay a Gator for long, but while he was here he was exciting.

  2. Can we rely on FG% though? So much of the game is 3 point shot snow, which is going to have a lower FG% than a game played at the rim.

  3. Jason Williams was the “human high-light” on film. I’m not sure he would have been better in the NBA if he hadn’t had drug issues (marijuana), but he was fun to watch every time he touched the ball. Maybe not the best point guard in Gator history, but certainly the most incredible high-light passes and fakes. Taurean Green and Chris Chiozza were likely better at getting the offense going.

    • I agree 100%. Funny how stats never give the full picture. You have to watch the game. Kasey Hill was a kid who gave a lot of effort and was a good defender, but he was an offensive liability. Free throw shooting at the end of the game is a big measure for me. Green was money at the end, Chiozza, for the most part except for a cold spell during a stretch this season, was solid.

  4. I would like to see the other all around stats such as points per game, rebounds per game, minutes played per game, assists to turnovers, and steals per game. That would give me a much better view as to who the best point guard in Florida history was.

    • Statistically, I think it’s Calathes by a significant margin. 16.3 points/game (9th all-time); 5.3 rebounds; 6.3 assists (1st all-time); 1.75 steals (3rd all-time); 45.5% shooting; 38.0% – 3pt; 71.5% FT. Two career triple doubles. Don’t know about assist-to-turnover ratio, but I don’t recall him throwing the ball away much. If he had played four seasons instead of only two, he would’ve approached 900 assists. Playing with Parsons developing into the SEC POY, an emerging Kenny Boynton, and Macklin and Tyus providing inside scoring, he would’ve had the weapons to possibly surpass 900.

      • I looked up assist/turnover ratio. Cheez wins of the four I checked.
        Calathes: 6.3 apg, but 3.1 topg.
        Chiozza: 4.1 apg, but only 1.6 topg.
        Green: 3.7 apg, 2.5 topg. (Noah had a lot of assists from the high post.)
        Williams: 3.0 apg, 2.7 topg. (People always forget that for every highlight reel play he made, there was a painfully sloppy one.)

        • Good work. Wouldn’t have thought Calathes would’ve had that many TO’s but still a 2:1 ratio. Cheez is really good at 2.5:1. Williams, not so much.

  5. When Scottie Wilbekin first came to UF, I felt UF wasted a scholarship on a local boy. When he finished his career, I felt he was and still is, the best defensive player in UF history. And with his motor and energy, this guy was truly a great player to have on your side. Too bad he was not a great scorer, otherwise he would be in the NBA now.

    By the way, anyone knows where he’s playing ball?

  6. Further discussion? Nah. Still Green, Wilbekin and Cheez in that order. One the best stats on the Gator NC teams was how many different games each player, including 6th man Richards, led the team in scoring. I think that was Green’s greatest strength, the ability throughout the season to find the “hot” man and get him the ball in a good position to score. With that fact included in the 2 NC’s, Green is the my clear choice.


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