Goals for the Great Point Guard:
- Perfect from the Free Throw line.
- 2 to 1 Assist to TO Ratio, minimum.
- Knowledge of each players responsibilities
(Offensive positions and Defensive assignments) as well as there own.
- Leadership: verbal, non-verbal and by example.
- Confident, Tough, Resilient.
The basic premises are that everything on the floor during the game is your point guard’s responsibility. Everything that goes well and smoothly is to the credit of the point guard. Everything that goes wrong is the point guard’s fault – it’s your point guard’s responsibility is to fix it. You’re in charge out there – make it right.
Our responsibility as coaches is to have our point guards prepared to do that. The hours of teaching in practice, the drill work, the film sessions, the one-on-one sessions and conversations with coaches, in-game adjustments and management of the game will put our point guards in a position to do that seamlessly.
A key is having your point guard keep a daily notebook. Coach Sheri Coale at Oklahoma spoke of Danielle Robinson’s daily notebook during last years Final Four. All season Robinson would sit after practice each day and write down the important things that took place in practice. Things that she did well, didn’t do well, needed to improve upon and needed to change. She constantly is learning the game, learning how and what it takes to be a great point guard. I contend that can be taken a step further. With electronic voice memos on nearly everyone’s phone – encourage your point guard to do that throughout the day on matter pertaining to academic, social and other non-basketball realted things. Approach success as a compete person, not just a player.
The “take responsibility” mind-set is designed to provide point guards with a road map and the mental toughness to lead, to make the right choices and the tough choices for the entire team.
We look at those choices in regards to the game, to practice – but it also applies to the entire team off the court as well. This approach and mindset eventually permeates the entire team and combined with a process oriented “Basic Standards of Behavior” approach allows for each team member to take responsibility for themselves while helping each other.
There are so many intangibles go into being a great point guard. Everything from the way they walk, their body language, the look on their face, the verbal and non-verbal ways in which they communicate with their teammates and coaches.
Point Guards are the rock. The foundation. Many coaches I have spoken to over the years have lamented that their only losing seasons have come with their point guard play has been sub par or they did not have a good point guard at all. Point Guards are the ones that instill hope for the entire team. Instill confidence in the team in the system and each other. Everything from the most specific to the most general things: be the first one on the floor for practice and the last one off, be the first person to greet your team mates as they come off the floor, attend all of their classes and invest time in building relationships with each team mate and coach. It’s a great deal of responsibility; it’s a big change from most point guard’s high school and AAU experience. Developing their leadership qualities puts them in a position to lead. This process is on going it is never done.
The 5 critical statistical areas of importance for point guards are:
- Field Goal Percentage – Above 50%
- Assists – Above 5 assists per game (*or relative to the number of field goals made)
- Assist-to-Turnover Ratio – Minimum of 2 assists to every 1 turnover.
- Free Throw Percentage – Above 80%
- Steals – 2.5 assists per game, minimum