shooting guard


Definition of shooting guard 

: a guard in basketball whose chief role is as an outside shooter

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Burton’s basket followed an inbounding violation by Magic shooting guard Rodney Purvis in which referees said Purvis moved on the sideline. Josh Robbins,, "Shorthanded Magic lose summer league finale to Thunder 87-85," 14 July 2018 Smith, 19, is making the transition from power forward to shooting guard this summer. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers to open NBA Summer League playoffs against Mikal Bridges, Suns," 11 July 2018 Rich Paul idled outside of Lakers headquarters last Friday morning, watching The Godfather in his car while waiting for shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to emerge from the team's practice facility. Lee Jenkins,, "Fit For The King: LeBron James and the Lakers Form Hollywood's Ultimate Marriage," 11 July 2018 Borrego will definitely play Monk more than Clifford played him as a rookie (at both shooting guard and point guard). Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "A Charlotte Hornets positional analysis: Kemba Walker but then ...," 8 July 2018 The competition that was clearly going to take place at power forward/center would then be extended to shooting guard. Jason Jones, sacbee, "How Zach LaVine's signing would affect Kings, from roster competition to trades," 6 July 2018 The Suns had talked about using rookie Mikal Bridges as a small-ball power forward but Phoenix’s plan now is to play Bridges primarily at small forward while sliding occasionally to shooting guard. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Suns' Trevor Ariza deal changes Mikal Bridges' role; team clarifies Devin Booker's 'input'," 2 July 2018 The destination of Maryland shooting guard Kevin Huerter is unclear, and that of Justin Jackson is even murkier. Katherine Fominykh,, "NBA mock draft roundup: When Maryland's Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson might go Thursday," 20 June 2018 The swing spots are at shooting guard -- where both Rodney Hood and Kyle Korver are candidates but have been nursing injuries -- and at the backup 5. Dennis Manoloff,, "LeBron James (MVP) dazzled in 15th (MVP) NBA regular season (MVP): DMan's World," 12 Apr. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shooting guard

basketball : a player who is one of the two guards on a team and whose main role is to score points

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