The shooting guard is normally relied upon to be able to shoot from the outside and provide some scoring punch.
Shooting guards are taller, compared to that of point guards but shorter than a small forward, and takes a higher number of shots. They can be referred to as the second in command as their position relates to the number 2 position on the floor and he’s often referring to as the two guard or the off guard. As the name implies, the shooting guard must be a good shooter from both short and long range. Generally taller than a point guard.
Not necessarily a great ball handler, but normally the team’s best perimeter shooter. In addition, the shooting guard must also be versatile enough to handle some of the point guard’s ball-handling duties, while also filling the lane on the fast break like a wing player. For this reason, the shooting guard is typically a good scorer.
One of the biggest difference between a great shooting guard and just normal/ordinary shooting guards is often a difference of understanding. A normal shooting guard takes whatever the defense gives him while a great shooting guard finds ways to get the shots that he’s best at.
A shooting guard is known to be a competent passer (an assist) that can shell out the ball to his/her teammates, setting up in the low post. He must also be able to receive a pass from the teammate and find an open shot with a quick release. He can fire from a very long range in order to force the defense to spread out.
The shooting guard must also guard the opponent’s best perimeter scorer. However, he’s easier to replace/substitute for than the point guard, which makes him into spending more energy on the defensive end, guarding a skilled offensive player.
A great shooting guard must be good at reading screens and catching and shooting, but it also means that he must be able to use jab steps, pivots, and ball/eye fakes. He must be able to score without dribbling. This guy knows the “bottom” position of his shot so that he won’t be too high or too low when trying to get rid of the ball quickly.
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