What do the best PGs have in common? They have limited turnovers: THEY DO NOT LOSE THE BALL! If you want to become a great point guard, you have no choice: ELIMINATE TURNOVERS! Why? Because each possession is crucial!
DO NOT PLAY WITH THE BALL!
Please get the NBA out of your head! Being a point guard is not a crossover contest. When you bring the ball up, don’t try to shake and bake the defender many times because THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE DEFENSE WANTS! Remember, they want you to stay as long as possible in the backcourt so they you may get called for a 8 seconds violation.
What to do instead: If the defender pressures you in the backcourt,
- Ask your teammates to clear out. YELL! They need to be as far as possible from you so their defender can’t leave them to double team you (trap)
- Jab fake on on side and hard first step the other way
- SPRINT with the ball so your defender has no choice but running fast on your side. If you can go all the way, do it.
- Stop suddenly at the 3 point line. Since you’ll catch your defender off guard, you’ll have plenty of space to call your play
- Keep it simple. Take the easiest decision, and make the easiest pass. May not be fancy, but effective.
- Communicate with your players. Make sure you establish eye contact with your teammate before passing. Develop signs to tell each other what you’re doing on the court (For instance, if he shows the fist, that means he’s coming to screen for you)
- Know Your Players. Sometimes, when you know people extremely well, you don’t even need to communicate to know what to do. Find out everything you can about your teammates; how they like to catch the ball, what kind of shoot they like…