Point Guard Blueprint
The off-season is arguably the most important time for basketball players because it allows them to focus and pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses. The goal for every off-season is simple: come back better than you were before so you can help your team be successful.
With this being said, I wanted to give each position a guideline for what should be expected of them while continuing to work on their game throughout the off-season.
We will begin with the most pivotal position on the floor, the point guard spot. No player on the team has more responsibilities than the PG. As a PG, you must be an extension of your coach on the floor and control the tempo of your team on the defensive and offensive ends of the floor. PG’s must have the ability to communicate with their teammates and direct their teammates on the floor. As you go, the team goes!
Building A Foundation
As a player, you should focus primarily on 1 or 2 things each summer to add to your game. Why? Because you will give yourself enough time to master the new skill you’re trying to add, and you will be able to execute the skill come game time confidently. It’s better to be great at a few specific skills, than average everything.
Point Guard Points Of Emphasis
- Knockdown 1 or 2 dribble mid-range pull-up jumper 70% or higher while unguarded
- Knockdown spot-up 3pt shots 60% or higher while unguarded
- Able to attack off the dribble with both hands
- Able to complete passes with both hands
- Two go to moves off the dribble, and counters to those moves
- Able to create separation or blow by on ball defender in less than 3-4 dribbles
- Can complete post entry passes
- Hit open teammates on time and on target in transition offense
- Shoot the floater and finish around the rim with both hands
- Read and react effectively operating the pick and roll
- Be in great shape!
As a player, remember that your off-season improvement should be looked at as a marathon and not a sprint. If you’re able to perform 4-5 of these skills on a consistent basis, then you’re already on the right track! Keep working and take advantage of this off-season so you can dominate the competition!