Basketball Shooting Guards
Shooting guards make shots from beyond the three-point line.
IMPORTANT: The shooting guard is known as SG and the number two in our diagrams.
Shooting guards are also known as off-guards. Off-guards make treys from an area of the court called downtown.
Basketball Wing Players
Shooting guards are known as wing players because they play in the wings and corners of the court.
Shooting Guard Roles
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.
Shooting Guard Offense
When his team is on offense, the shooting guard is responsible for:
Shooting Guard Defense
When his team is on defense, the shooting guard is responsible for:
Shooting Guard Statistics
The following stats are important measures of success for a good shooting guard:
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 Of All Time
Here are some of the best shooting guards of all time to play basketball in the NBA:
- Michael Jordan
- Kobe Bryant
- Jerry West
- Dwayne Wade
- Allen Iverson
Top NBA Shooting Guards in 2018
Here are some of the top shooting guards in the 2018 NBA season:
Basketball Small Forwards
Small forwards are similar to shooting guards, but you can think of them as more versatile players. Small forwards are experts at hitting treys and moving towards the basket for easy layups.
IMPORTANT: The small forward is known as SF and the number three in our diagrams.
Basketball Wing Players
Small forwards play at the wings of the floor. They are known as wing players like the shooting guard.
Small forwards are similar to power forwards in that they are both known as swingmen.
Small Forward Roles
Small forwards can adapt easier than shooting guards because they have more weapons in their arsenal. As a small forward, you should have a strong overall game and be able to make three-pointers from downtown and buckets while in the paint. Like other players on the team, small forwards should be great at playing offense and defense.
Small Forward Offense
On offense, the small forward has the following roles on the court:
Small Forward Defense
On defense, the small forward has the following roles on the court:
Small Forward Statistics
Small forwards should have strong numbers in the following statistics:
Top NBA Small Forwards Of All Time
Here are some of the best small forwards of all time to play basketball in the NBA:
- Larry Bird
- Julius Erving
- Kevin Durant
- Scottie Pippen
- Rick Barry
Top NBA Small Forwards in 2018
Here are some of the top small forwards in the 2018 NBA season: