Basketball Shooting Guard

Basketball Shooting Guard

Shooting guards make shots from beyond the three-point line. The shooting guard is known as SG and the two guard as it is represented with the number two in our diagrams.

Role and Responsibilities

Shooting guards are important players on a basketball team. As a shooting guard, you should be a strong shooter around the perimeter of the court. Like every position, the shooting guard must be able to transition between offense and defense efficiently.

When their team is on offense, the shooting guard is responsible for shooting the ball, and making baskets from beyond the three-point line.

When their team is on defense, the shooting guard is responsible for getting rebounds, and guarding opposing players.

Types of Shooting Guards


Basketball Downtown

Shooting guards are also known as off-guards. Off-guards make treys from an area of the court called downtown.

Wing Players

Basketball Wing

Shooting guards are known as wing players because they play in the wings and corners of the court.

Shooting Guard Statistics

The stats that are important measures of success for a good shooting guard are scores, assists, and rebounds.


Basketball Swingman

A swingman is a player who can play both small forward and shooting guard. It's not uncommon to see a small forward switch to shooting guard and vice versa.

Top NBA Shooting Guards

The following lists some of the top shooting guards in the NBA by team:

Michael JordanChicago Bulls, Washington Wizards
Kobe BryantLos Angeles Lakers
Dwayne WadeMiami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jerry WestLos Angeles Lakers
James HardenHouston Rockets
Jimmy ButlerChicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat
Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors
Gary HarrisDenver Nuggets