A guard in basketball is one of five player positions on a basketball team either referring to the point guard (PG) or the shooting guard (SG). Normally the shortest players on the court, guards use their speed and quickness for dribbling, passing, and shooting on offense. They often guard the perimeter on defense.
Guards are vital components to any basketball team. Without guards, it would be tough to orchestrate an offense or be active enough on defense.
There are two main types of guards: the point guard and the shooting guard. The point guard (sometimes shortened to "point" or "1") is responsible for taking the ball up the court. The point guard signals play calls and usually scores by driving to the basket or shooting from deep. The shooting guard (or "2" guard) will usually be a player who can score in a wide range of ways once they have the ball in their hands, but most notably as a shooter.
Some famous NBA guards include Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Allen Iverson, and Michael Jordan.