Players ask me all the time…
“What can I do to become a great point guard?”
If you want to be the type of point guard that makes it to the next level then you have to master these 5 important things.
Here are the 5 Keys To Become A Great Point Guard:
1. Take Care Of The Ball (Limit Turnovers)
Many young players struggle with turnovers. Usually it's because they are trying to make the spectacular play instead of making the simple play.
“Value the ball with your life.”
You can't win if you keep giving the ball to the other team.
One way to improve your ability to care of the ball is to improve your ball-handling skills and decision making ability. This is done through proper training.
(I have many videos on my YouTube Channel ‘ILoveBasketballTV' that show you the type of training you need to be doing to improve your handles, below are a few of the most popular)
Decision making becomes much easier when you have better ball-handling skills. The less you have to focus on actually dribbling and protecting the ball from your defender, the more you can focus on those crucial decisions that point guards must make each and every possession.
2. Make Open Shots So That You Become A Scoring Threat
If you become a legit scoring threat on the court then you open up the game for your entire team.
Do you know what happens to if you are a point guard that can't score?
Defenders don't react to you. This means they are laying back, clogging the paint, and allowing you to keep shooting.
But it's not only when shooting. Also when you drive, if you aren't a threat to score then defenders don't have to leave their man to help out as much. This allows them to stay closer to their man which means your teammates won't be open.
If you notice, all of the great point guards in the NBA are lethal scorers. Guys like Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, etc. are able to create so many opportunities for their teams.
Defenders have to account for those guys and often have to double team or give help. This makes it really easy for them to get their teammates good scoring opportunities and helps the team.
There is a reason why Doc Rivers wants Chris Paul to look for his shot more. Teams today are so much better when their point guards are threats to shoot and score the basketball.
Here is a video that will help you instantly improve your shooting:
Here are 5 scoring moves that will help you become unguardable:
3. Get In The Lane and Collapse The Defense
Key #3 is directly associated with the last one that we went over…
Once you develop the ability to score – the defense has to respect you. This means that when you beat your man and get in the lane, they will collapse on you to prevent you from scoring.
To assure that this happens, you have to become a threat in the lane by mastering shots like runners and floaters!
Below are a few videos to help you improve on shooting the floater.
Once you're a threat to master this shot you'll cause the defense to collapse even more on you when you drive. This opens up the game for your entire team.
Which takes us to Essential Key #4…
4. Find Open Teammates At The Right Time And Hit Them With A Good Pass
Once you've done your job in getting the defense to collapse, you must deliver a good pass at the right time to your shooters and your big men.
Put them in the best and most comfortable positions to score!
Give a shooter a perfect pass right to their chest so they easily get into their shot. Deliver a perfect bounce pass to your big man so he doesn't have to reach too low for it. It's simple things like this that will help you become a better point guard.
Need help with your passing? Check out this video:
Here's another tip for passing: Don't be afraid to throw the lead pass!
Passing the ball up the floor is much faster than dribbling the ball up the court. Don't be afraid to hit teammates early by throwing the lead pass, allowing them to attack before the defense sets up.
Remember, there is never a reason you need to get flashy with your passing. It may not look cool but keep things simple with good, hard, pinpoint passes and you can avoid making many mistakes.
5. Be Able To Defend Your Position
Last but not least, DEFENSE!
Now if you ask me, defense is all about heart. You either want to lockdown your opponent or you don't. But there are some drills you can do to become a better defender.
This is one of the most important qualities any point guard can have. Many players want to score but few want to play defense too. The few that value defense have a much higher chance of being great and playing at the next level.
Take pride in your defense!
So there you have it…
Now you know what it takes to be a great point guard, it's just a matter of getting in the gym and putting in the work.
Stay tuned for our next post, “The 5 Essential Keys To Become A Great Wing Player”!
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