Back to the Basic's #1
January 12, 2013By Jessie Fleming of The Southeast Georgia Report
First thing First my belief: A Point is Born and not made! To be a point guard you must have that natural knack for the ball and game, Point Guard's are born with the natural ability to Lead, Some are more craftier then other's but all have the same ability to take charge and Direct.
Becoming A True Point Guard
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. A point guard is the coach on the floor, who can handle and distribute the ball to teammates. The more speed a point guard has, the more likely you 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 the shot clock and the game clock, the score, the number of timeouts for both teams, and whom to foul late in the game. 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. This also means knowing when and how to instigate a fast break and when and how to initiate the more deliberate sets. 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. Another major evaluation factor is Assist-to-Turnover ratio, which indicates the decision-making skills of the player. A first-rate point guard should also have a real effective jump shot and at least a 95% Free-Throw shooting percentage.
The point guard is almost always positioned on the perimeter of the play, so as to have the best view of the action. This is a necessity because of the point guard's many leadership obligations. Many times, the point guard is referred to by announcers as a "coach on the floor" or a "floor general".
Along with leadership and general basketball acumen, ball-handling is a skill of great importance to a point guard. Again, Along with leadership and general basketball acumen, ball-handling is a skill of great importance to a point guard!!!!
The point guard is the player in possession of the ball for the most time during a game and is responsible for maintaining possession of the ball for his team in the face of any pressure from the opponents. Point guards must be able to maintain possession of the ball in crowded spaces and in traffic and be able to advance the ball quickly. A point guard that has enough ball-handling skill and quickness to be able to drive to the basket in a half-court set is also very valuable and considered by some to be a must for a successful offense. So overall ball-handling, passing and scoring are the next most important areas of the game for a point guard. Again, overall ball-handling, passing and scoring are the next most important areas of the game for a point guard!!! As the primary decision maker for a team, a point guard's passing ability determines how well a point guard is able to put your decision in play. A good jump shot and the ability to score off a drive to the basket are valuable skills. A point guard will often use their ability to score in order to augment effectiveness as a decision maker and play maker.
A point guard primarily defends on the perimeter, just as he primarily plays on the perimeter on offense. On defense, the point guard is tasked with making the opposing point guard as ineffective as possible. A defensive point guard will try to accomplish this with constant pressure on the ball, making difficult to maintain possession. A defensive point guard will also pressure opponents in passing lanes in an attempt to generate steals and scoring opportunities for his own team.
Another important task for a point guard on the defensive end is to be a help defender. Whenever the player that the point guard is tasked with defending is away from the ball, a point guard will usually allow distance to accumulate from his or her assignment in order to help his or her teammates with their assignments.