The “must have” to be a great Point Guard !

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The point guard is the key part in the whole process of your team. Everything kinda runs through the point guard. You expect them to distribute the basketball and at the same time, if there is an oportunity to score, they have to score.

From my point of view, the point guard position is the most important position on the court. They are required to do many things that are very different from the other 4 positions.

While the other 4 positions (2,3,4,5) are mainly focused of putting the ball into the hop, the PG has to have a more team oriented mentality.

They must lead the team

He is an extension of the coach on the court. They’re the ones that direct the team and decide which plays the team is going to run. This includes providing encouragement to team-mates and pumping them up before the game. There’s nothing better than team-mates slapping high-fives and shouting words of encouragement at each other. The point guard must be the one that initiates this.

Team first attitude

As soon as your point guard cares more about his own stats than the teams win/loss record, you’re in trouble.

It would be easy for a point guard to dribble down the floor and call the play that will create a scoring opportunity for themselves, but a point guard shouldn’t care about who scores.

The point guards only goal on each possession should be to provide the team with the best opportunity to score. Irrelevant of who is the one shooting the basketball or getting credited with the assist on the play.

Must be able to control the ball

The point guard has a lot of things on his mind during the first 8 seconds of an offensive possession. He needs to get the ball down the court with his head up, read the defence, decide on the best play to run depending on the opposing defence, and get his team-mates in the correct positions.

This leaves little time to worry about if you’re going to lose the ball or how you’re going to get by your defender. Which is why dribbling and ball-control skills are extremely important to have if you’re a point guard.

High basketball IQ

The point guard dictates everything that happens on the offensive end of the floor.

This requires the point guard to have a high basketball IQ in order to control the tempo and also to read the opposing defence and know which play will give you the best opportunity to score.

They must know where everybody should be during set plays

If your point guard knows where everyone should be on every play it will give them the ability to decide and run the best plays that will exploit the mismatches, or give the person with the hot hand a scoring opportunity. Can also help teammates who are struggling to find their spot in the plays. (let us hope that is not happening)

Great passing skills

This one’s obvious.

The main requirement of the point guard is to distribute the ball to his team-mates in positions that give them the opportunity to score. This often means tough passes off of a pick-and-roll or being able to get the ball to the post-players on the block.

Great passing skills are essential for all point guards.

Know your teammates strenghts and weaknesses

Again, this comes back to being able to exploit the defence depending on mismatches.

The point guard must be able to utilise the strengths and weaknesses of his or her team-mates.

They need to be able to notice if a certain player has an advantage in the post or off the dribble to call the right play accordingly.

Honorable mention

Shooting ! Even tho we can see the likes of Rajon Rondo making a name for theirselves in the NBA without being a great shooter. Having a decent outside shot can help alot in the point guards job (penetrating the offense, creating defensive breakdowns etc) .