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How to Get Better as a Basketball Point Guard

Updated on November 18, 2012

The so-called court marshall, the point guard is obviously the team’s leader in terms of running the offensive plays of the team. Usually the smallest man on the court, they are the fastest and most agile. They are responsible in making plays with his uncanny passing skills, control the ball well with their dribbling skills and have big role in defense especially during full court press.

What are the roles of the point guards

  • The dependable point guards usually provide their respective team the much-needed assists which build teamwork and cohesion on the team. An assist that is dished out well can smother any tough defensive plays and it makes his teammates feel confident with their game.
  • The point guards usually provide the team the hustle, interception and tough defensive stance. They are also responsible in forcing errors as well as running away with steals that builds momentum.
  • They are always part of the transition plays of the team.
  • The point guards are also decent shooters as they provide their team’s points from all corners of the floor from the perimeter range to the three point rainbow territory.
  • They have a role to play in defense, traps and full court press.
  • They must have higher shooting percentage on all corners of the court.
  • They must be able to convert well their free throws.

The desirable attributes or qualities of a shooting guard:

  • Must be a generous player and willing to sacrifice scoring in favor of making his teammates get involved in offense. Attempts from the shaded lane have superior shooting percentage than the attempts taken from the outside.
  • Must be a team player, and must inject fluidity and chemistry on the team.
  • Must have enormous in running the offense while looking for an open teammate.
  • Must be confident with his game.
  • Must be a good leader.
  • A point guard must have the court awareness to know when to essay an attack, pass, steal, interception and help defense.
  • A point guard must exhibit high court intelligence, since he will be making decisions at a blink of an eye at all times.
  • Should have staying power in the court to avoid cramps and fatigue. They are always on the move and provide constant defense and doing all of these can be taxing.
  • A shooting guard should have the audacity on the court especially during the clutch time.


How to become a good, consistent and reliable point guard

  • See to it that you have an exercise often and weight training can make you fast and strong to withstand the rigors and the fast pace of the game.
  • A point guard must practice and master dribbling skills to handle the ball well and avoid errors, turnovers or getting trapped. Practice dribbling a lot to help you easily to elude your defenders and traps. Mastery of the crossover, spins, behind-the-legs and behind-the-back moves must be on his arsenal.
  • A point guard must be equipped with a variety of passes to avoid interceptions. Must be expert on bullet, diagonal, long, bounce and behind-the-back passes for dishing out assists and providing teamwork are his primary tasks on the game.
  • A point guard must know how to use the picks provided from his teammates to shoot when open or go ahead for the basket when freed.
  • A point guard must allot ample time to practice shooting in all the sides of the wooden court. A good point guard must have a decent shooting game.
  • A point guard must have a complete game from passing to defending to shooting.
  • Draw some encouragement and motivation from your idols in NBA or in your place. Copy some of their tried and tested moves to enhance your game further.

Thank you very much for the time to read. Feel free to provide your feedback in the comment section below.

My 14th hub in the HubChallenge.


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    • emilgen2011 profile image

      Gener and Emily Geminiano 5 years ago from The Land Where Salt is Abundant

      You are right there my friend... Point guards are also close to my heart...

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      Matthew Foreman 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Nice post. I have always said, a good PG, or a good Center can be the most influential on a basketball team. That being said, I am always partial to watching great PGs play for the excitement they bring to the game.