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Basketball Point Guard

What is the point guard player position in basketball? What is the role of point guards on the court? Get ready to learn about point guards and how to play PG.

Basketball Point Guards

The point guard is the floor general, a dribbler, a playmaker, and the leader of the team. Point guards are often the shortest players on the team, if you consider 6ft 2 inches short!

Basketball Point Guard

IMPORTANT: We use PG and 1 to show the point guard's position on the floor in diagrams.

Point Guard Roles

Point guards have many roles on the floor during a game. For example, the point guard coordinates play calls by telling his teammates where to move on the court. Players are constantly transitioning between offense and defense during a basketball game and so are their roles.

Point Guard Offense

When his team is on offense, the point guard is responsible for:

Point Guard Defense

When his team is on defense, the point guard is responsible for:

Point Guard Statistics

The following stats measure a the success of a good point guard:

  • steals
  • assists


The term swingman refers to a player who can play both the small forward and power forward positions. You may notice that some players have played multiple positions. Basketball player positions are slightly archaic and the roles on the court often overlap. It is not uncommon for a player to be good at multiple positions.

Basketball Swingman

Top NBA Point Guards Of All Time

Here are some of the best point guards of all time to play basketball in the NBA:

  • Isiah Thomas
  • Steve Nash
  • Jason Kidd
  • Oscar Robertson
  • John Stockton

Top NBA Point Guards in 2018

Here are some of the top point guards in the 2018 NBA season:

  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  • Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Chris Paul, Houston Rockets
  • John Wall, Washington Wizards
  • Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers

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