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
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
Andrew Wiggins ,
* 1 Characteristics and styles of play * 2 Notes * 3 References * 4 External links
CHARACTERISTICS AND STYLES OF PLAY
Typically, shooting guards are taller than point guards. Height at the position varies; many bigger shooting guards also play small forward . Shooting guards should be good ball handlers and be able to pass reasonably well, though passing is not their main priority. Since good shooting guards may attract double-teams, they are frequently the team's back-up ball handlers to the point guard and typically get a fair number of assists .
Shooting guards must be able to score in various ways, especially late in a close game when defenses are tighter. They need to have a good free throw percentage too, to be reliable in close games and to discourage opposing players from fouling. Because of the high level of offensive skills shooting guards need, they are often a team's primary scoring option, and sometimes the offense is built around them.
Good shooting guards can usually play point guard to a certain extent. It is usually accepted that point guards should have the ball in their hands at most times in the game, but sometimes the shooting guard has a significant enough influence on the team where he or she handles the ball extremely often, to the point where the point guard may be reduced to a backup ball handler or spot-up shooter.
* ^ _A_ _B_ Shooting guards are 6'3"–6'7". BBC Sports academy. URL last accessed 2006-09-09.