Basketball Point Guard

Chapter 4.1

Who is the point guard on a basketball team? What is his/her job on the court? Get ready to learn about the point guard in basketball.


Basketball is a 5-on-5 game, so each team has five (5) players at all times on the court.

Rookie Road Basketball Team Image

REMEMBER: The same five (5) players on a basketball team play both offense and defense.

Each player has a unique role to fulfill on the court in both offensive and defensive situations.

In this chapter, we will learn about the point guard and his/her role on the court.

Meet The Point Guard (PG)

Also known as the floor general, the dribbler, and the play-maker, the point guard is the leader of the team. He/she tells his/her teammates where to move, coordinating the play design on the court. The point guard is a player who is on the shorter side... if you consider 6'2 short! The point guard is known as player 1 when referring to play diagrams.

Rookie Road Basketball Point Guard Image

Goals And Job

Since players are constantly transitioning between offense and defense during a basketball game so are their goals.

Point Guard's Offensive Goals

When on offense, the point guard's jobs are:

Point Guard's Defensive Goals

When on defense, the point guard's jobs are:

Key Statistics

There are few important statistics that define how good a point guard is:

We'll learn more about basketball statistics in future tutorials.

Top NBA Point Guards Of All Time

Here are some of the best point guards to ever play the game of basketball that you should know:

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

PRO TIP: You may notice that some basketball players are listed under multiple positions. Like we mentioned before, the 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. The term swingman refers to a player who can play both the small forward and power forward positions.

2017-18 NBA Point Guards

Here are some point guards in the NBA currently that you should know:

  • 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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