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Encyclopedia > Shooting guard
Basketball Positions
Point guard
Shooting guard
Small forward
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Center
Additional Positions
Swingman
Point forward
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The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. Players of the position are often shorter, leaner, and quicker than forwards. A shooting guard's main objective is to score points for their team.[1] Some teams ask their shooting guards to bring up the ball as well; these players are known colloquially as "combo guards". A player who can switch between playing shooting guard and small forward is known as a swingman. Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... The five tactical basketball positions normally employed by organized basketball teams are: center, power forward, small forward, point guard and shooting guard. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A tweener in basketball is a term, sometimes used derisively, for a player who is able to play two positions, but is not ideally suited to play either position exclusively, so he/she is said to be in between. ... Forward-center is a basketball position for players who play or have played both forward and center on a consistent basis. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Shooting guard characteristics

Shooting guards, like all player positions in basketball, have specific characteristics that are essential for them to help guide their team to a victory. "The Basketball Handbook" by Lee Rose describes a shooting guard as someone whose primary role is to score points. One example of a shooting guard is Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics. Typically, shooting guards are bigger than point guards, but size does not preclude smaller players from playing the position. While shooting guards are sometimes the best jump-shooters on the floor (hence the "shooting" part of the position name), most can also drive to the basket well. Good examples are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat who use their superior athletic abilities to finish high flying dunks and whirling layups. 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. ... Walter Ray Allen (born July 20, 1975) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics, for whom he plays shooting guard. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Other characteristics a shooting guard should have are: A good catch-and-shoot skill set, (being able to line up at a designated spot, catch the basketball and make a shot without dribbling). Shooting guards also typically show an ability to penetrate into the basketball lane, and finish at the rim, by either a dunk or layup. In sports such as football (soccer), basketball, bandy and water polo, dribbling refers to the maneuvering of a ball around a defender through short skillful taps or kicks with either the legs (football/soccer), hands (basketball), stick (bandy) or swimming strokes (water polo). ... A slam dunk (or simply a dunk) is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air and manually powers the ball through the basket with one or both of his hands, then often grabs the rim shortly after the ball passes through the... Allen Iverson performing a high percentage layup. ...


Styles of play

Shooting guards can be known for excelling at certain skills, such as having a great shooting touch like Ray Allen and Allan Houston, or being able to dunk in an athletic high flying manner such as Michael Jordan or being able to throw it down with reasonable strength such as Jason Richardson. Many shooting guards also possess a natural ability to take contact (being fouled) and finish the play resulting in the "old fashioned three point play" of perhaps better known as an "and one." On the other side of the ball, some shooting guards, including notables such as Morris Peterson and Raja Bell, are known for their defense. Some, like Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Tracy McGrady, Sasha Vujacic, and Kobe Bryant, are good on almost all the skills needed by a Shooting Guard. Walter Ray Allen (born July 20, 1975) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics, for whom he plays shooting guard. ... Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA) is an American former professional basketball player who spent the majority of his career playing shooting guard for the National Basketball Associations New York Knicks. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Jason Anthonney J-Rich Richardson (born January 20, 1981, in Saginaw, Michigan) is a professional basketball player, currently playing shooting guard for the National Basketball Associations Charlotte Bobcats. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Free throw. ... Morris Peterson (born August 26, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. // Peterson played collegiate basketball at Michigan State University, and helped lead them to the 2000 NCAA title. ... Raja Bell (born September 19, 1976 in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) is a basketball shooting guard who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. ... Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr. ... Alexander Sasha Vujačić (born March 8, 1984 in Slovenia) is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


A shooting guard should be a good ball handler and be able to pass reasonably well, although passing is not their main priority. Since a good shooting guard may attract double-teams, shooting guards are frequently the team's back-up ball handler to the point guard. Most shooting guards, however, focus primarily on scoring, allowing the point guard to worry about distributing the ball. Many bigger shooting guards can also play small forward. Size at the position varies; most shooting guards in the professional game are between 6 ft 3 and 6 ft 8 in or 1.91 to 2.03 m. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


List of shooting guards

See also: Category:Shooting guards

Notes

  1. ^ a b - BBC Sports academy URL last accessed 2006-09-09

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References

  • The basketball handbook (pg 15) (2004). Lee H. Rose ISBN 0-7360-4906-1

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