This is a basic outline that a point guard should know and understand if he or she wants to learn how to be a better point guard.
Being a great point guard is much more than having fine basketball skills — you must also have excellent cognitive and mental skills … as well as a high basketball IQ.
A. Mental Attitude and Approach of a Point Guard
- Be a leader.
- Be an intelligent player.
- Be a communicator with your teammates and your coaching staff.
- Be a floor coach.
- Be unselfish, bring out the best of your teammates.
- Support and commit to the goals and philosophies of the team.
B. Defensive Attitude and Approach of a Point Guard
- Set the intensity level on defense.
- Be aggressive – avoid fouling.
- Commit to pressure on ball – baseline to baseline.
- Commit to denying every pass – 1 pass away.
- Keep the ball out of the middle of the floor.
- Contest every shot.
- Box out and get to the outlet.
- Protect on defensive steal or quick rebound.
C. Offensive Attitude and Approach of a Point Guard
- Set the tempo on offense.
- Know when to break and when to set a pattern.
- Be an offensive threat.
- Handle the ball with confidence and intensity.
- Make the easy pass.
- Read the defense and make good entry and continuation decisions.
- Eliminate mental errors.
- On deep penetration to the hoop, utilize a strong jump stop, shot fake if needed, and finish with an assist or shot.
- Shoot at least 80% from the foul line.
D. Ball Handling Skills Needed by a Point Guard
Become efficient with:
- Crossover dribble
- Pull back dribble
- Hesitation dribble
- Behind the back dribble
- Fake reverse dribble
E. Receiving the Ball as a Point Guard
- Outlet Pass – call for the ball quickly – yell “OUTLET” – above foul line extended, ballside.
- Out of Bounds – utilize V-cuts, reverse pin, bump & release, and screen away-roll back.
- On Perimeter – Be a threat at all times…meet the passes.
F. Making the Entry Pass as a Point Guard
- Pass to the low post from only below the foul line extended. Above this line, creates a bad angle pass.
- Keep the ball alive – avoid “Dead Ball” situations.
- Pass away from the defender.
- Pass to target hands of the receiver. If their hands aren’t ready, don’t pass!
- Make quick, sharp passes. No floaters.
G. Movement without the Ball as a Point Guard
- Go to basket.
- Replace yourself.
- Screen away.
- Cut through.
- Screen on ball.
- Slide on perimeter vs. zone — sneak a pivot foot into gap as you receive a pass.
- Pass and relocate on a pass to the post, esp. if defender doubleteams the post.
H. One on One Moves for a Point Guard
- Jab & Go
- Jab & Shoot
- Shot fake & Shot
- Shot fake & Drive
- Crossover dribble
- Reverse layup, both right and left
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