The Evolution of the Point Guard

12/5/12 in NBA   |   BenSullivan   |   96 respect

The million dollar question is, now that we know where we came from and where we’re at now, what will the position look like in the future? All things staying the same, you never know what kind of rule changes will affect the game in the years to come, the end game is looking like we’re going to have to re-evaluate the way that we define the term point guard, possible even retire the term all together.
Blog Photo - The Evolution of the Point GuardThe 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.
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12/5/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

For the most part I agree. However, look around the league today before you say only Chris Paul distributes the ball. Rondo is probably the best "true" PG in the league when you look at his assists and scoring average. Then guys like Jose Calderon and Gravis Vasquez are also pass first point guards. And don't forget Steve Nash played in the past 15 years, as did Jason Kidd.

I think the argument can be made that both type of point guards have been around for the past 25 years. Kevin Johnson in his prime averaged 20 points per game while averaging over 9 assists per game.

12/5/12   |   jaysinw   |   4983 respect

Just because someone plays point guard does not really make him a point guard. This may be a flash in the pan of players coming up, because we now having players coming into the league, who should be playing on the play ground instead of on a NBA team. Big men cannot post up and point guards who do not know how to run an offense or move the ball, and 98% of players who have no clue how to move without the ball. The issue is we accept this so now the level of play has gone down, it is like when gas prices go up to $3.95 people are upset then drop to $3.23 and people are content again because it is not as high.