You need to know the whole offense and defense, the philosophy behind each, what we are ultimately trying to accomplish, our main scheme, what all five players do, correct sets, patterns and expected outcomes. In this regard, you are like the quarterback in football. This creates another coach on the floor, closer to the action, able to communicate in the middle of the battle. Execution of what we do must be the chief task of both the coach as well as the Point Guard. Good to great teams function well together, and all five players on the floor know what and how we are doing things. Team discipline starts with the Point Guard.

(2)   Where the ball and players are is of prime importance to the offense. You need to work both sides of the floor unless there is good reason for attacking one side constantly. Also, recognize correct spacing in both the running game as well as in the half court offense. When you get too close to a teammate(which you need to versus tight pressure), it usually means you are a long ways away from your next teammate on the other side. By looking at the basket area, you can almost always see when either you aren’t keeping good floor balance or one or more teammates aren’t. Reasonable floor spacing helps us take better care of the ball and helps the Point Guards assist to turnover ratio.

(3)   On the fast break, you should be the chief decision maker. You read everything in front of you, know what is close behind you, know that when we have a numerical advantage, you want to push it as quickly as you can in a safe manner. You check defenders running back defensively…if you see mostly backs of heads, attack hard as they aren’t set up, may not have counted noses carefully(don’t know what the situation is overall) but if you notice a number of defender foreheads looking at you, they are back and have probably assessed the situation fairly well which means it is either time to get into a transition pattern(early offense we run into) or time to pull the ball up and get ready to start our half court “O”.

(4)   You need to always know when to go get the ball be it because a teammate is in trouble or we are just floating around with no particular purpose. This is more your coaching responsibility than a player’s, but this is really important. We don’t need 5 players on the floor “seeing what they can create” whenever they feel creative.