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
In a basketball game, each team has five players on the court that are playing. These players have different positions depending which they are best capable of. The five regular positions are point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and a center. Each of them is designated with different roles also depending on their position.
It is better know some of the most common terminology being used in basketball if you are planning to play this sport for you to avoid confusion during the game. Knowing these terms will also help you understand more the game of basketball and you cannot call yourself a basketball fan if you don’t have any idea what these terms are.
We cannot hide the fact that basketball really is one of the most popular and the most played sport in the world today. Almost anyone can play this sport no matter what gender, age and type of body you may have. As long as you have a basketball and there is a hoop, you can already play this sport. There are a lot of reasons why basketball is so popular but according to surveys, there are two main reasons why many people play this sport. First reason is the enjoyment of playing it and the second main reason is the numerous special benefits that we can get. The enjoyment that you can feel is already understandable so let’s focus now on the special benefits we can get. These benefits can affect our health, mental and social aspects. Continue reading