point guard

noun

: a guard in basketball who is chiefly responsible for running the offense

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Lillard’s absence this season, Rookie Shaedon Sharpe has started at shooting guard and Anfernee Simons has replaced Lillard at point guard. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2022 Killian Hayes has started the past four games at point guard and has played well after a poor start to the season. Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2022 Friday, there basically was no Plan B for Lowry at point guard. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 Derrick White, who started at point guard in place of Smart, has benefited from a full training camp and the organization’s confidence in his game. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 But for second-year pros like Dosunmu, the next step is moving from reaction to proactivity, especially at point guard. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022 Jeremy Sochan wasn’t surprised when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich started him at point guard Monday night against Golden State after a stomach bug sidelined Tre Jones. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Nov. 2022 In the season-opener, starting at point guard, Newton shot 0-5 from the field, 0-3 from deep, but ended up with nine points from the free throw line. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 14 Nov. 2022 The freshman started at point guard and assisted on four of UCLA’s first six made baskets, quickly proving why she was named the No. 2 recruit in the country. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of point guard was in 1969

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“Point guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20guard. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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