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Shooting Guard
The SHOOTING GUARD (SG), also known as the TWO or OFF GUARD, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A shooting guard's main objective is to score points for his team. Some teams ask their shooting guards to bring up the ball as well; these players are known colloquially as combo guards . Kobe Bryant , for example, as a shooting guard was as good a playmaker as he was a scorer; other examples of combo guards are Dwyane Wade , Allen Iverson , James Harden , Jamal Crawford , Randy Foye and Jason Terry . A player who can switch between playing shooting guard and small forward is known as a swingman . Notable swing men (also known as wing players) include Jimmy Butler , Tracy McGrady , Vince Carter , Joe Johnson , Andre Iguodala , Andrew Wiggins , Evan Turner
Evan Turner
and Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans
. In the NBA , shooting guards usually range from 6' 4" (1.93 m) to 6' 7" (2.01 m) and 5' 9" (1.75 m) to 6' 0" (1.83 m) in the W NBA
NBA
. CONTENTS * 1 Characteristics and styles of play * 2 Notes * 3 References * 4 External links CHARACTERISTICS AND STYLES OF PLAY_The Basketball
Basketball
Handbook_ by Lee Rose describes a shooting guard as someone whose primary role is to score points
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Michael Jordan
MICHAEL JEFFREY JORDAN (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player, businessman , and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets . Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards . His biography on the NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina . As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels\' national championship team in 1982 . Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests , earned him the nicknames AIR JORDAN and HIS AIRNESS. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991 , he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993 , securing a "three-peat "
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NBA
UNITED STATES: * ABC / ESPN * NBA TV
NBA TV
* TNT CANADA: * NBA TV
NBA TV
Canada * TSN / TSN2 * Sportsnet / Sportsnet One OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.nba.comThe NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) is the major men's professional basketball league in North America , and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada), and is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA (also known as the International Basketball Federation) as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada . NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player. The league was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946, as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3, 1949, after merging with its rival National Basketball League (NBL). The league's several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City
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Basketball Position
The five BASKETBALL POSITIONS normally employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard (PG or 1), the shooting guard (SG or 2), the small forward (SF or 3), the power forward (PF or 4), and the center (C or 5). Typically, the point guard is the leader of the team when on the court. This position requires substantial ball handling skills and the ability to facilitate the team during a play. The shooting guard, as the name implies, is often the best shooter and is probably capable of shooting accurately from longer distances. Generally, they also have good ball-handling skills. The small forward often has an aggressive approach to the basket when handling the ball. The power forward and the center are usually called "low post" players, who play with their back to the basket, often acting as their team's primary rebounders or shot blockers, or receiving passes to take inside shots. The center is typically the larger of the two. Historically, only three positions were recognized (two guards, two forwards and one center) based on where they played on the court: guards generally played outside and away from the hoop, forwards played outside and near the baseline, with the center usually positioned in the key. During the 1980s, as team strategy evolved, more specialized roles developed, resulting in the five position designations used today. Team strategy and available personnel, however, still dictate the positions used by a particular team
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Basketball
BASKETBALL is a non-contact sport played on a rectangular court . While most often played as a team sport with five players on each side, three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one competitions are also common. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith , who would be the first basketball coach of the Kansas Jayhawks , one of the most successful programs in the game's history. A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line , and two points if shot from in front of the line. A team can also score via free throws , which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling). It is a violation to lift, or drag, one\'s pivot foot without dribbling the ball , to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling
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Tweener (basketball)
A TWEENER in basketball is a term, sometimes used derisively, for a player who is able to play two positions , but is not ideally suited to play either position exclusively, so he/she is said to be in between. A tweener has a set of skills that do not match the traditional position of his physical stature. NBA.com 's definition of "tweener" is as follows: "This word is derived from the word 'between', as in a player is between the height of a guard and a forward. 'Tweeners' often have the skills of a big man, but the height of a guard. Though only six foot six, Charles Barkley , a tweener, was one of the NBA's greatest rebounding power forwards." A player who is ideally suited to play two positions is sometimes referred to as a swingman , although that term is more commonly reserved specifically for those who are suited to play small forward and shooting guard
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Kobe Bryant
KOBE BEAN BRYANT (born August 23, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player and businessman. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star , 15-time member of the All-NBA Team , and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team . He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, and ranks third on the league's all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career . The son of former NBA player Joe Bryant , Kobe
Kobe
Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He declared for the NBA draft
NBA draft
upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft
NBA draft
by the Charlotte Hornets , who traded him to the Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest , and he was named an All-Star by his second season
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Dwyane Wade
DWYANE TYRONE WADE JR. (/dweɪn/ _dwain_ ; born January 17, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Wade had the top-selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, leading the league in jersey sales from the 2005 NBA Playoffs , until the midpoint of the 2006–07 season . After a successful college career at Marquette , Wade was drafted fifth overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Miami Heat . He was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following twelve seasons. In his third season, Wade led the Heat to their first NBA championship in franchise history and was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP . At the 2008 Summer Olympics , Wade led the United States men\'s basketball team , commonly known as the "Redeem Team ", in scoring, and helped them capture gold medal honors in Beijing, China . In the 2008–09 season , Wade led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA scoring title . With LeBron James and Chris Bosh , Wade guided Miami to four consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 to 2014, winning back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013 . In 2016, Wade departed the Heat in free agency to play for the Chicago Bulls
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Allen Iverson
ALLEN EZAIL IVERSON (born June 7, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He played both the shooting guard and point guard positions. Iverson was an eleven-time NBA All-Star , won the All-Star game MVP award in 2001 and 2005 , and was the NBA\'s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2001. Iverson is now the captain/coach of 3's Company in the BIG3 . Iverson attended Bethel High School in Hampton, Virginia , and was a dual-sport athlete. He earned the Associated Press
Associated Press
High School Player of the Year award in both football and basketball, and won the Division AAA Virginia state championship in both sports. After high school, Iverson attended Georgetown University for two years, where he set the school record for career scoring average (22.9 points per game ) and won Big East Defensive Player of the Year awards both years. Following two successful years at Georgetown, Iverson declared eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft
NBA draft
, and was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
with the first overall pick . He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1996–97 season
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James Harden
JAMES EDWARD HARDEN JR. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). Harden played college basketball for Arizona State , where he was named a consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009. Harden was selected with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder . In 2012, he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year with the Thunder and helped the team reach the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
. Harden was traded to Houston prior to the 2012–13 NBA season . Upon joining the Rockets, Harden became one of the NBA's most prolific scorers and earned recognition as the best shooting guard in the NBA, as well as one of the top overall players in the league. He has earned All-Star nods five times, and has earned All-NBA Team
All-NBA Team
honors four times as well – once to the All-NBA third team (2013) and three times to the All-NBA first team (2014, 2015 and 2017). In 2015, Harden was awarded the first National Basketball
Basketball
Players Association MVP Award, being voted by his peers as the league's most valuable player
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Jamal Crawford
AARON JAMAL CRAWFORD (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). Crawford played his high school basketball for Rainier Beach High School , a basketball powerhouse in Seattle
Seattle
, before committing to play for the University of Michigan . Crawford was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers but was traded on draft day to the Chicago Bulls . In his career, he has also played for the New York Knicks , Golden State Warriors , Atlanta Hawks , Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers . He won the NBA
NBA
Sixth Man of the Year Award in 2010, 2014 and 2016, becoming the first three-time winner of the award in NBA
NBA
history. He currently holds the record for most career four-point plays made with 50 (55 when counting the playoffs)
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Randy Foye
RANDY FOYE (born September 24, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who is a free agent in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played collegiately at Villanova University . He was selected seventh overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics , but was immediately traded to the Portland Trail Blazers , and later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves where he began his career. CONTENTS * 1 High school career * 2 College career * 3 Professional career * 3.1 Minnesota Timberwolves (2006–2009) * 3.2 Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
(2009–2010) * 3.3 Los Angeles Clippers (2010–2012) * 3.4 Utah Jazz (2012–2013) * 3.5 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
(2013–2016) * 3.6 Oklahoma City Thunder (2016) * 3.7 Brooklyn Nets (2016–2017) * 4 NBA career statistics * 4.1 Regular season * 4.2 Playoffs * 5 Personal life * 6 References * 7 External links HIGH SCHOOL CAREERFoye attended East Side High School in Newark , where he was selected as New Jersey Player of the Year, before being recruited by Jay Wright and Villanova. Considered a four-star recruit by Scout.com , Foye was listed as the No. 7 shooting guard and the No. 37 player in the nation in 2002
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Jason Terry
JASON EUGENE TERRY (born September 15, 1977) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). He plays at both guard positions and is nicknamed "The Jet". Terry won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2009 and an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 . Terry has made the third-most three-point field goals in NBA history. CONTENTS * 1 High school and college career * 2 NBA career * 2.1 Atlanta Hawks (1999–2004) * 2.2 Dallas Mavericks (2004–2012) * 2.3 Boston Celtics (2012–2013) * 2.4 Brooklyn Nets (2013–2014) * 2.5 Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(2014–2016) * 2.6 Milwaukee Bucks (2016–2017) * 3 NBA career statistics * 3.1 Regular season * 3.2 Playoffs * 4 International career * 5 Playing style * 6 Personal life * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CAREERTerry attended Franklin High School in Seattle, Washington where he won back to back state championships in 1994 and 1995. On February 2, 2007, Terry's number 31 was retired by Franklin High School. Terry played college basketball for Arizona from 1995 to 1999
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Small Forward
The SMALL FORWARD (SF), also known as the THREE, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are typically somewhat shorter, quicker, and leaner than power forwards and centers , but on occasion are just as tall. The small forward position is considered to be perhaps the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA , small forwards usually range from 6' 6" (1.98 m) to 6' 9" (2.06 m) and 5' 10" (1.79 m) to 6' 2" (1.88 m) in the W NBA . The ideal position for a small forward would be between the key and three-point line. Small forwards are primarily responsible for scoring points , defending and also often as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few, such as LeBron James , have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball, however, are prolific scorers. The styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely, as some players at the position, such as Golden State Warriors ' Kevin Durant are very accurate straight up shooters, while others such as Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), Gerald Wallace , and Jerome Kersey prefer to "bang inside", initiate or not shy away from physical contact with opposing players, while others are primarily slashers such as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James who also possess jumpshots
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Swingman
In sports, a SWINGMAN is an athlete capable of playing multiple positions in their respective game. CONTENTS * 1 Basketball
Basketball
* 2 Ice hockey
Ice hockey
* 3 Baseball * 4 Australian football * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links BASKETBALLIn basketball , the term "wingman" (a.k.a. "guard-forward") denotes a player who can play both the shooting guard (2) and small forward (3) positions, and in essence swing between the positions. Most wingmen range from 6' 5" (1.96 m) to 6' 9" (2.06 m) in height. The term was first applied to John Havlicek . Examples of current wingmen include Jimmy Butler , Andrew Wiggins , Vince Carter
Vince Carter
, Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala
, Paul George , Danny Green , Kyle Korver , Justise Winslow , Mike Miller , Nicolas Batum , Terrence Ross , Joe Johnson , Nick Young , Tyreke Evans , Lance Stephenson , Evan Turner , Giannis Antetokoumpo , J.R. Smith , C.J. Miles , Arron Afflalo , Corey Brewer . Examples of retired NBA wingmen include, Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
, Clyde Drexler , George Gervin and Tracy McGrady
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Jimmy Butler (basketball)
JIMMY BUTLER III (born September 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA). Born in Houston
Houston
, Butler grew up in Tomball, Texas , and played college basketball for Tyler Junior College and Marquette University . He was drafted with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls . He is a three-time NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
and a three-time NBA All-Defensive Team honoree, and was named to his first All-NBA Team
All-NBA Team
in 2017. In 2015, he was named the NBA Most Improved Player . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 College career * 2.1 College statistics * 3 Professional career * 3.1 Chicago Bulls (2011–2017) * 3.1.1 2011–12 season * 3.1.2 2012–13 season * 3.1.3 2013–14 season * 3.1.4 2014–15 season * 3.1.5 2015–16 season * 3.1.6 2016–17 season * 3.2 Minnesota Timberwolves (2017–present) * 4 NBA career statistics * 4.1 Regular season * 4.2 Playoffs * 5 Personal life * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFEBefore the 2011 draft, one NBA general manager said about Butler, "His story is one of the most remarkable I've seen in all my years of basketball
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