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October 17, 2006
Top point guards no longer just passers
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It's either an evolution or a revolution, but the point guard of today no longer is the pass-first type.
That player has gone the way of dial-up Internet access.
The guy who brings the ball up the floor now is just as likely to shoot as he is to dish off, perhaps more so. He's not just basketball's answer to the quarterback, but he's the running back and wide receiver, too.
The forefather of the trend is Allen Iverson. He was the first shoot-first point guard to make a wide impact. Maybe he thought the position read: points guard.
What has he wrought? Check last season's NBA stats. Three of the league's top five scorers were point guards: Iverson, Gilbert Arenas and Dwyane Wade.
If you want to be a point guard today, you'd better be able to get your own shot. If you create shots for others, well hey, that's a bonus.
The college game is following that trend, and so is the list of Rivals.com's top point guards for 2006-2007.
Most of these guys can get to the basket with the best of them, or step back and launch it. Some of them can pass, too.