Each player has a unique role to fulfill on the court in both offensive and defensive situations.
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.
Goals And Job
Point Guard's Offensive Goals
- to lead the team
- to make assists
Point Guard's Defensive Goals
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
- 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
- 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