point guard


Definition of point guard

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

Examples of point guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Suns have their point guard of the present in veteran Ricky Rubio. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Can Phoenix Suns become what Denver Nuggets are right now?," 15 Sep. 2020 In March before the country went into hibernation due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nicolet coach Al Hanson got emotional talking about his point guard. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The rush of area commitments for Division I basketball continues with Nicolet's Kobe Johnson, USC's latest recruit," 4 Sep. 2020 This is a small stumble for Ball, who is both the most famous player in the draft and perhaps its most talented point guard. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "2020 NBA mock draft 1.0: Detroit Pistons select their point guard of the future," 4 Sep. 2020 With Stephen Curry entrenched at point guard, Haliburton could come off the bench next season as a secondary ball-handler who plays willing defense, hits open shots and thrives as a passer in pick-and-roll situations. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Pros and cons for Warriors taking Tyrese Haliburton with the No. 2 pick," 4 Sep. 2020 Irving was once considered Boston’s long-term solution at point guard when the Celtics acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Kemba Walker enjoys first taste of playoff success with Celtics — and now he wants more," 30 Aug. 2020 University of Cincinnati men's basketball coach John Brannen has his starting point guard and floor general for the 2020-21 season. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Michigan transfer David DeJulius granted waiver, eligible to play for UC Bearcats," 28 Aug. 2020 The Clippers, meanwhile, will play Game 4 without their starting point guard. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Luka Doncic to play Mavericks’ Game 4 vs. Clippers despite ankle injury; Patrick Beverley out again," 23 Aug. 2020 Most of the attention is on Doncic, but the Clippers are also without their starting point guard. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Doncic seeks quick recovery; 76ers, Nets facing quick exits," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of point guard

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Point guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point%20guard. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of point guard

basketball : a player who is one of the two guards on a team and is the one most responsible for leading the team when it has the ball and is trying to score

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