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Encyclopedia > Point guard
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Point guard (PG), also called the one or "the ball-handler", is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. Point guards are often the smallest players on the court with a notable exception being Magic Johnson. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position. Essentially, the point guard is expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right players at the right time. Above all, the point guard must totally understand and accept his coach's game plan. The position can be compared to a quarterback in football. This means knowing when and how to instigate a fast break and when and how to initiate the more deliberate sets.[1] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2311x2285, 686 KB) (This summary was created using Commons SumItUp) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bob Cousy ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2311x2285, 686 KB) (This summary was created using Commons SumItUp) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bob Cousy ... This article is about the sport. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Reeses Fast Break is a candy bar similar to the Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. ...

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Point guard characteristics

A point guard, like all player positions in basketball, has specific characteristics that are essential for them to help guide their team to a victory. The Basketball Handbook by Lee Rose describes a point guard as a coach on the floor, who can handle and distribute the ball to teammates. It also states that the more speed a point guard has, the more likely he will be able to create separation and space off the dribble, which allows the point guard room to work. Point guards should also be vocal floor leaders, and should discuss rule interpretations with officials. A point guard must always know the time on both the shot clock and the game clock, the score, the number of timeouts for both teams, and whom to foul late in the game. Lee Rose (born October 23, 1936) is an American basketball coach and instructor, most notable for his success as a college basketball coach in the 1970s and 1980s. ... The Shot Clock Monument in Syracuse, New York A shot clock is a timer designed to increase the pace (and subsequently, the score) in a competitive sport. ...


A true point guard's job is to create scoring opportunities for his team. The role includes passing and running the offense: setting up plays on the court, getting the ball to the teammate that he feels is in the best position to score, and dictating the tempo of the game. After an opponent scores, it is typically the point guard who brings the ball down court to begin an offensive play. For this reason, passing skills, ball handling, and court vision are pivotal. Point guards are often evaluated more on their assist totals than on their scoring. Still, a first-rate point guard should also have a reasonably effective jump shot. In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was assisting in the basket. ... A jump shot being taken at the FIBA EuroCup Women Finals in 2005. ...


If a point guard has more size (height, muscle) compared to the prototypical point guard, it is considered a plus, but size is only secondary to knowledge of the game and skill. Point guards are not always the shortest players on the floor. Some taller players have enjoyed success at the position, most notably Magic Johnson who is considered by many to be one of the best point guards of all time, standing at 6'9". Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway is another player, who at 6'7", was a top point guard early in his career. Other point guards who are considered to be the best ever to play the position include Nate Archibald, Bob Cousy, Stephon Marbury, Walt Frazier, Dennis Johnson, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, Gary Payton, Oscar Robertson, Baron Davis, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas and Lenny Wilkens, and as of lately, Chris Paul and Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz.[2][3] Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... Anfernee Deon Penny Hardaway (born July 18, 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American NBA basketball player specializing as a point guard and shooting guard. ... This article is about the NBA Player. ... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... Stephon Xavier Marbury (born February 20, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American professional basketball player, currently playing point guard with the New York Knicks. ... Walter Clyde Frazier (born March 29, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Dennis Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed DJ, was an American professional basketball player and coach. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks. ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee), nicknamed The Big O, is a former American NBA player with the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Baron Walter Louis Davis (born April 13, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player currently playing at point guard for the NBAs Golden State Warriors. ... This article is about the professional basketball player. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. // Paul was born to Charles and Robin Paul. ... Deron Michael Williams (pronounced [1]) (born June 26, 1984 in Parkersburg, West Virginia) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Utah Jazz of the NBA. Prior to that, he played for the University of Illinois mens basketball team. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ...


Styles of play

Many times, the point guard is referred to by announcers as a "coach on the floor" or a "floor general". In the past, this was particularly true, as several point guards such as Lenny Wilkens served their team as a player-coach. This is not as common anymore, as most coaches choose to call out the plays they wish to have run before each possession. Some point guards are still given a great deal of leeway in the offense, such as Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns. Suns head coach Mike D'Antoni allowed him to freelance often when leading the Suns' offense, even letting Nash call his own plays at times. Even point guards who are not given this much freedom, however, are still extensions of their coach on the floor and must display good leadership skills. Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... Stephen John Nash, OC, OBC (born February 7, 1974),[1][2][3] is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... Mike DAntoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Fox Sports' Charley Rosen article on a point guard's job, accessed 2008-02-09
  2. ^ DAILY DIME: SPECIAL EDITION 10 greatest point guards ever, accessed 2008-02-09
  3. ^ FOXSports.com - Best all-time point guards, accessed 2008-02-09

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References

  • The basketball handbook (pg 14) (2004). Lee H. Rose ISBN 0-7360-4906-1
Basketball positions
v  d  e
Guards 1. Point guard Guard (PG/SG)
2. Shooting guard Swingman (SG/SF)
Forwards 3. Small forward
4. Power forward Forward (SF/PF)
Center 5. Center Forward-center (PF/C)
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