Point Guards are perhaps the most important players on the floor and as a coach if you have a great one it sure makes your life much easier.  Great Point Guards always seem to have the intangibles that other players don’t have.  Here is a list of teaching and coaching points to work on in developing a player in the Point Guard position.

GREAT POINT GUARDS….

1. ARE COMMUNICATORS AND VERBAL

Without a doubt all great Point Guards are great communicators.  Having the ball, running the offense, calling plays or sets, every Point Guard must become a coach on the floor. A former and long time Division I Coach told me the other day in describing a great point guard as “a player that would play like a coach would play if a coach could go back and play”.  Verbal and non-verbal communication is a must on the floor and off the floor.  A great Point Guards are communicators.

2.  KNOW THE TIME, SCORE AND MOMENTUM

Every Point Guard must have an understanding of three important parts of Basketball IQ:  Time, Score, and Momentum.  Daily practice including scenarios, time, playing while up or down in a game, and knowing and understanding who has the momentum.  Situational understanding has to be developed over time, a ton of minutes, and playing in many games.  In addition, watching game tape with a coach individually will greatly benefit your player closing gaps and shortening the learning curve.

3. KYP – KNOW YOUR PERSONNEL!

In speaking with former first round draft pick and UCLA/NBA veteran point guard Pooh Richardson about the position, one thing he mentioned was KYP – Knowing Your Personnel.  Point Guards must always know who they are playing with on the floor and who and where they are passing the ball to during a game. Example: What type of personnel are you playing with and what is their skill level? Who am I passing the ball to and where can this player catch the ball.  Bigs often need the ball put in a particular place for them to be successful and guards who shoot the ball well usually like the ball given to them in certain places so they can score.

4.  DETERMINE SHOT SELECTION

In coaching high level College Players or  AAU players or your high school Point Guard, all must know that THE DECISIONS they make DETERMINE SHOT SELECTION on the floor.  Decision making, who gets the ball when and where and at what place on the floor is what the play of the Point Guard is all about!

5.  DRIVE THE CAR

Players in general will get you baskets as a coach however there will be times when the coach on the floor must set the offense and run a play.   Maybe the opposition has made a run during a game? You need to get to the free throw line? You need to get the ball to the best player?  Bottom line:  Your point guard must DRIVE THE CAR and take the wheel because they have the ball.

This is the toughest position on the floor, requiring lots of practice, repetition, video work, situational work, and court time!