The Evolution of the Point Guard
The position is looking more and more like a standard wing player, with the small exception that they have the task of dibbling the ball up the court. They have similar skill sets offensively and similar tasks on the defensive side of the ball. Point guards will continue to get taller as bigger players hone their perimeter skills at a younger and younger age. There have been teams that have experimented with three guard offenses in the past with increasing success, those schemes incorporating the Don Nelson favorite concept of the “point forward”.
All of this has been leading up to a world where the point guard is becoming something entirely different then he’s been in the past, competing the evolutionary process. Your point guard of the future, or whatever you’re going to want to call him, will be taller, able to finish at the rim, a great passer, can hit an open jumper if you let him, and a complete defender.
Whatever the position ends up looking like in the future though, true point guards will never be mistaken for playing any other position. It won’t matter if they’re taller than we’re used to, or they take more shots than we’re used to, you’ll always know a true point guard by the way he carries himself.
Point guards are natural born leaders. They inspire their teammates and point them in the right direction when they need it. They make sure the offensive is in the right sets, and the defense dictates the game to their opponents. In the end, the reason we all instinctively know who the point guard on our pickup team is may have nothing at all to do with his physical skill set, but might have everything to do with our ability to immediately identify a true leader, and a true point.