Playing any position in basketball is so tough. You are expected to perform your best according to the roles that is given by the coach. The point guard position is considered as the most important position in basketball. They are required to do a lot of things not just for themselves but also for their teammates. This is a position that is carrying a huge bag of game plan on every game. If you are interested to play as a point guard, then maybe this article will be very helpful for you.
All of the important tips needed for beginners to start playing one position are listed below.
Improve your stamina.
Work on improving your stamina. Point guards are required to run more compared to other positions so it’s much better if you practice running more often. Because we are talking about your stamina, good diet is also considered as a part of it. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fatty foods should be avoided and drink lots of water during training to keep you hydrated.
Do more lower body workouts.
Your job as a point guard requires more running, thus your lower body should have the strength and capacity to do it. Strengthening your lower body makes it more invulnerable to injuries like cramps, sprain and etc. It can also help you be better at running and jumping.
Improve dribbling skills
There are no point guard who can’t dribble or just an average in terms of skills in dribbling. Practice lots of dribbling skills including the whole court sprint. Sprinting while dribbling the ball will be very useful in an actual game. Even the best point guards in the world that are already elite in dribbling are still doing basic dribbling drills. Do your drills more often. Also include in your training the crossovers and spins.
Do more passing drills.
Point guards are required to move the ball well and to set up his teammates. These responsibilities involve great passing skills so better practice it more often to be more effective. Bad passes can lead to turnovers and this is the first thing to avoid if you want to win the game. Doing more passing drills can help you improve your passing from a beginner to being elite.
Lead the team.
Be a leader that they can rely on. Point guards are the one who will set up the tempo of the game. This position needs to have the ability to carry his team on his back if they are not yet on shape. You have to setup your teammates for an easy score for them to gain confidence. Talk to them if they commit mistake and be sure that you have some advice for them. Remain your calmness in every situation and do not be affected if the team is down. Instead, pull them up by making the plays needed.
Though there is no small role in basketball, a point guard is the one being seen or recognized most of the time because the ball is always on his hand. Point guards are usually considered as the leader that is why the offenses usually start on him. Most of the on court plays are decided by him including the type of defense to be used sometimes. Having a point guard with a high IQ in basketball is very important so that the he can fully perform his role well.
The purpose of this article is for you to know the important roles of being a point guard. Some of these roles might not be too obvious when you are watching a basketball game but it certainly plays a huge part on winning the match.
It’s probably the most obvious role of a point guard. They are entrusted to take care of the ball while setting up the teammates. Being a good ball handler is like any other skill, it can be practiced but to be a great ball handler needs a “go to move”. It is a special move that may be simple to some but can beat any defender without being so flashy. There are no shortcuts to be better in ball handling. If you want to play or already playing as a point guard, you should spent more hours practicing ball handling techniques as this is a basic skill but plays a huge role as a point guard.
As a point guard is moving the ball, he is also setting up his teammates to have an open shot. This can be done by moving the ball and players well through screens most of the time. A point guard should see the floor well or if he is so great, he can anticipate the movements of his opponents and especially the teammates. Seeing the floor well is done by dribbling with heads up and it’s just a basic rule in dribbling the ball.
Passing the ball may be a basic skill for a basketball player but a point guard should excel in doing this. The team is relying on his great passes to set up the offenses well enough to win the game. Bad passes can result to turnovers and it can result on loosing the game so this should be avoided. There are some techniques to have open and good passes. A point guard can do fakes or some moves like fast dribbling to shake a defender. There are a few types of passes that can be done also according to a situation his in.
There are some who are saying that shooting is not the main job by a point guard but modern day point guards excel in scoring already. This is because creating a good shot opportunity for themselves is way much easier than creating shots for teammates. Another reason is if the teammates don’t step up. A point guard should control the tempo of the game and if it requires him to score, then he should do that.
There are point guards that are also the team captain. Point guards should be the leader of their team so that they can they can set their teammates well. But to be a leader, they should know first the qualities of being one. A leader that his teammates can rely on and can be trusted. The most important quality of being a leader in basketball is to maintain the calmness no matter what the situation is and continue executing what is the most important thing to do.
In basketball, every position plays a huge role. Every position strives to be better each game to win the game. But the one holding the ball most of the time is the point guard or the one position. Most plays are orchestrated by the one playing on this position. In other words, a great ball movement of a basketball team depends also on the great knowledge of this person because he/she will be the one calling out the team plays. Acquiring a great point guard is such a blessing to any team. But how can we define a great point guard? What are the characteristics of this certain type of player?
This point guard doesn’t need to do lots of dribble to beat his opponent. Not flashy and certainly knows when to use the special dribbling styles when needed. He can even dribble even on tight spaces and opponents are around him looking to steal the ball. Also, he is best on creating distance to have better defensive and offensive strategies.
High Basketball IQ
As the ball handler, this player is great with budgeting the time and knowing each skill of his teammates. He knows when will be the right time to score and the best way to do it. He knows how to control the tempo of the game and has the ability to adjust based on the situation his in. Also serves as a coach on the floor. The very important trait of a great point guard basing on his IQ is the ability to assess a scouting report of the next opponent. He has the ability to think of the future strategies that will be used for the future opponents.
Flashy and strategic passer
There are certain types of point guards that have pass-first mentality like Rajon Rondo in NBA. We can see that his typical play is setting up a teammate for a high field goal percentage shots. A great point guard has this skill. He knows when and how to make excellent passes. Also knows who the best person to pass on or the person who currently have the hot hands.
Great point guards are all around players too. They can shoot as well as defend. Being a solid defender means he is always count on in every strategy made by the opponent. He has his own way of style in guarding and looking to affect his opponent by any means possible to him. Most point guards are small but great ones can defend even bigger players.
Well known to have special moves
Every player has their own way of beating an opponent one on one. You can always see these moves when you will be watching basketball games featuring the best players in the world like in NBA. Great point guards always have unique moves in stock that will be used depending on the situation.
Versatile scorer means he/she can score in any means possible or can score in many ways. Great point guards should have this skill to be considered as one. Aside from setting up his teammates, he can also make plays for himself. His teammates can count on him that he can take over the game through scoring anytime.
There are many different types of offensive strategies and tactics that can be used by any basketball team. These will be used depending on the situation or the coach’s plan. It can also isolate a teammate or setup a player for score but one thing is for sure, these strategies need a total teamwork when facilitated so that it will be effective. Though there are lots of offensive strategies, they are categorized into 5. These are the early/fast break, set, motion, zone, and spread offenses according to Hooptactics.
Early/Fast break offenses
These are the type of offenses that are quick and being executed immediately after inbound or after a defensive rebound. It involves long range passes and quick runs to the basket. Fast breaks are used to score immediately. The offensive players should scatter when going to the basket and will always locate the ball so that the passing will be fast and accurate, the same when receiving the pass. Fast breaks are hard to stop because the opponents cannot establish their defense immediately and it certainly results to an easy basket for the offensive team.
Set offenses are mostly setup by the team captain or the point guard of the team. These plays involved ball screens and good ball movement to have open shots. Usually, set offenses are established through hand or verbal signals between teammates.
Motion offenses are executed through constant ball movement till there is an open man who has a better chance of making the basket. Unselfishness is the number one requirement on this type of play as it requires every player of the team to constantly pass the ball to his teammate. Patience is the second requirement because the players should wait till there’s someone who is very open and can able to score the basket easily. Proper timing of the shot clock is needed also as you don’t want to have a turnover.
Zone offenses are setup to attack the zone defenses of the opposing team. It requires proper analysis of the defenders to be effective. Zone offenses mostly starts by defeating weak defenders thus the opponents are forced to help. If that happens, one of your teammate will likely to be open and just waiting for the ball to have an easy basket. Though it’s a tough process and takes a little time to be established successfully, we cannot hide the fact that the result will really be satisfying as an easy basket will always be waiting.
Spread offenses are usually used when a team is trying to defend the lead till the end of the game. By spreading the offensive players, it also spread the defenders thus the time to take the shot consumes more seconds than an ordinary play. To make it more beneficial to the opposing team who has the lead, they need to make sure also that they can score the basket before the shot clock ends or at least take an offensive rebound to gain position again. This is the most obvious type of offense to be used on taking the lead till the end of the game.
Anyone can pass a basketball but only a few can do it in an excellent way. These are only the exceptional players that have undergone intense passing trainings and workouts. Like any skill in basketball, there are no shortcuts also on becoming a great passer. You have to learn even a tiny bit of the basics to be one. We are already through with the types of passes that can be made depending on the situation. Now, it’s time for you to know some tips that will certainly be helpful as you develop your basketball passing skills. Continue reading
Passing is one of the important basic moves in basketball that you should know and master to be more effective on the court. A good passer will have a good chance of setting up the teammate for a score that will certainly result to an assist. Learning on how to pass effectively is a great thing in basketball. The first step on learning how to pass is to learn the type of passes you can do. That way you will know what type of pass is more effective in such situation you are in while playing basketball. Continue reading
There’s no shortcut for you to be a great ball handler. If you are dreaming to be like Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry on handling the ball, then you must practice like them also. Do you think that they got this skill in an easy way? Are you thinking if there is some sort of shortcuts to be a great ball handler? The answer is none. There is no person in this world being born that already has a great skill in ball handling. There is only one rule for it. If you want to be great at it then, you should work for it. You should do lots dribbling drills first like what Irving and Curry did. The only difference is that they are doing advanced training drills already. But for you as a beginner, you should learn first the basic ball handling drills and master it through many times of repeated practice.
These basic drills are all listed below:
Stationary Ball Handling Drills
- Ball slaps
- Straight arm finger taps
- Body Circles/Body wraps
- Figure-Eight Around the Legs
- Straddle flip
- Pound dribble
- Double leg – Single leg
- Behind the back dribble
- Dribble crossover
- Dribble through the legs
- Behind the back dribble
- Front V-dribble
- Side V- dribble
- Freestyle dribble
Full Court Ball Handling Drills
- Dribble and do hesitation moves on every line you step on the court
- Walking crossover
- Between the legs
- Zigzag dribble
- High dribble and low dribble (hands alternating)
This is the last thing you can do if you feel that you are already good with all the drills. Do combinations such as hesitation then crossover or crossover and zigzag dribbling. Do what combinations that you like. Ball handling is all about familiarizing the movement of the ball and combining it with the movement of your body. The ball and your body should be on rhythm. Both should move as one. If you are on the court facing your opponent, all the drills that you have practice will be used as one. You cannot defeat your opponent just by doing crossovers but it should be combinations of all the drills you have mastered during your training.
Being a good ball handler is very important when you are a basketball player, especially when you are a guard. But basketball players nowadays are very well rounded and are always looking to improve their ball handling skills even if they aren’t playing as a guard. Even centers are practicing to be great at taking care of the ball. If you’ll ask why, it is because a team full of great ball handlers will also be a team that is great on ball movement. A team that moves the ball well has the higher chance of winning the game. Also, those players that have great ball handling skills are more confident on the court and are better on scoring compared to those who are not. That is why it is very important that you should practice handling the ball well as early as now. Continue reading