What Is A Playmaker?

what_is_playmakerWho decided that a point guard has to be small? More importantly, what is a point guard?

We expect a point guard to be a leader and have a high basketball I.Q. Why don’t we expect or challenge all players to develop this game awareness? Why rely on only one player?

A player like Larry Bird stands out because of his intelligence at his size. Why?

Every player should aim to develop their basketball I.Q., as possessing a high basketball I.Q. is as important for a player without the ball, as it is for those with the ball.

A player with a high basketball I.Q. consistently makes the right play: he makes the correct pass, he anticipates the location of a rebound, and he finds the open spot for a teammate’s pass. He is in the right place at the right time. This is not luck or happenstance. When it happens consistently, it is basketball intelligence. These are the playmakers.

Playmakers: A Player’s Guide to Developing Basketball Intelligence and the Playmakers Basketball Development Leagues center on the tools that you need to understand different situations and tactical skills, so you can be a Playmaker.

  • What Is A Playmaker?

    Who decided that a point guard has to be small? More importantly, what is a point guard? We expect a point guard to be a leader and have a high basketball I.Q. Why don’t we expect or challenge all players to develop this game awareness? Why rely on only one player? Read more →
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