FSB 1 PG

Sunday, April 19, 2015 Khoa 0 Comments

My second favorite position to play, the Point Guard! I think the way I play PG is a rarity in FSB these days… I ACTUALLY PASS! I am not a scoring PG… I just facilitate the offense, play defense, and shoot only when I am open. With my style, I usually end up getting more assists than points. My style of playing PG makes me a scorer’s best friend, especially SF. Many people might think a passing PG is easy and boring to play, but they don’t see how complicated it can be. By the way, I prefer to play with a SF when I’m PG… I don’t like to play with SG or scoring PF… this is just my personal preference, you can play with whoever you want.



I suggest reading the guide before watching the video

SKILLS

***The first 5 skills are required. They're the ones you should equip if you don’t have extra slots***

***I have 10 slots each for skills/freestyles on my PG but I don't use them all***

Through pass: this skill is already important but even more crucial on a PG.
Face up: since you will be guarding a lot of perimeter shooters, this is definitely needed to stop their jukes or to get past screens.
Diving catch: one of your main jobs as a PG is to get those loose balls. You need to master this skill and be able to do it with your eyes closed.
Direct pass: an advantage of being a PG is your direct passes still have the through pass effect on them. This allows you to control where the ball will go; therefore making the offense more fluid.
Face up 2: this skill has become an essential for me, very useful in defense.
Screen: it's always useful to set picks for your teammates.
Alley hoop guide pass: useful when you want to quickly get the ball to the free man under the basket.
Double fake breakthrough: this is the one juke that makes PG better than SG when A dribbling.
3-point-alley-oop pass: I just have this for fun haha, never actually used it in a real game situation.

***I don’t recommend any 3pt freestyle shots as nothing works as well as the original one***

Pop up: I rarely use this freestyle because I always dive to get loose balls.
Middle jumper: useful when you want to do mid-3pt shots.
Back Roll Turn Dribble 2: the almighty unstoppable BRTD2 juke
Rolling catch: much better than the regular diving catch motion.
Sliding foot catch: also better than the regular diving catch motion.
Flash pass: just makes your passes better looking.
Shoulder fake: I think this is the 2nd best juke behind BRTD2 for PG.
Fast hands: useful freestyle when trying to steal the ball.

PASSING

Distributing the ball is more than just spamming Q & E or the occasional S… it’s about timing, technique, and court vision. This is why I like to play with a SF, you get to put all of this to use during the game. Playing with a SG is less engaging because you just pass them the ball; watch them do their thing (mostly spam action dribble) and shoot. Playing with a scoring PF is even worse… pass them the ball, watch them back down all the way to the paint, dunk… Yes, I know there are SG’s and PF’s out there that will pass you back the ball but those are not common… Playing with a SF gives me a sense of teamwork that a SG and PF doesn’t. So for the majority of this guide, I will focus more on how to play with a SF. Now remember this phrase, repeat it to yourself: ”A PG MAKES THE SF!” Yes, a small forward is infinitely better if he/she has a good point guard handling the ball.

Timing: I hate it when I play SF and my PG just passes me the ball right at the start of each possession… please give me some time to go inside… I’m not a SG, I don’t operate in the 3pt area. How do you give time for your SF to run inside? Well for starters, don’t run right in front of him/her at the start of each possession… go back or behind the other people to create more distance between yourself and the other team. It’s very annoying when I am playing SF and I’m trying to run inside; I somehow bump into my PG running across to get in front of me… what’s the point of that? See the pictures below to see examples of where you need to be at the start of each possession. DO NOT GO WHERE THE X’S ARE:


Another thing, do not pass the ball to the SF when he/she is being surrounded by 2-3 people. If you give him/her the ball at this time, I guarantee it’ll be a turnover because the SF will try to move with it and get smacked with 2-3 face ups… so just have patience and wait until the SF is moving freely, then pass the ball. Actually, you can probably just pass to your rebounder because he/she will most likely be free under the basket for an easy basket lol… but this is more of the vision part of playing PG which will be discussed later. I also suggest you learn your SF’s tendencies and playing style. You’ll need to know this because it’ll help you anticipate his/her running pattern and timing so you can pass the ball at the correct moment in order to maximize kukgi. If the SF gives you back the ball after you passed it to him/her, this doesn’t mean it’s a signal for you to start spamming A and shoot 3pters… it probably means the SF rode the pass incorrectly, the ball was received at the wrong time, he/she pumped fake, a bad pass by you, or he/she is getting doubled team. When you receive a pass back from the SF, quickly survey the situation in order to see what to do next. Most likely the SF will want the ball back. It all depends on who you are playing with. Some people will want the ball right back after they return your passes and some people will want a little delay for them to get into position for the next pass. ADAPT TO YOUR SF. Not everyone plays the same so be patient and work with whoever you are playing with.
  
Techniques: try not to pass the ball using the behind the back motion, this hurts your SF’s kukgi. You need to face the person you are intending to pass to and then give them the ball. This way your PG will do an underhand motion which creates a more fluid pass. The better the pass, the harder it is for the other team to block your SF. I don’t know if you have noticed but every time someone rides a behind the back pass to do kukgi, the shot usually gets blocked.
Why do so many PG’s run in the opposite direction of the SF at the start of each possession then proceed to throw the ball across the court using the behind the back motion??? This is just stupid… it doesn’t make you look cool… it just hurts your teammate. You need to be on the same screen as the SF if you are going to make a pass… the key point is: “pass if you can see the SF on your screen, don’t pass if you don’t.” Of course there are times when you will need to do a further pass, but see below for some examples of how far you should be from the SF when you pass them the ball:


Visionwhen playing PG, keep one eye on your man and the other eye on the ball. Always be aware of where the ball is and what is happening on the court. You will need to be alert and always ready to dive for the ball. If you see your teammate blocking the shot of the person he/she is guarding, quickly run over there to dive for that ball. Prevent any chances for the other team to recover the ball. The point I’m trying to make is if there is any chance the ball will hit the ground, you need to be there. Obviously you will need to use some personal judgment because you don’t want to leave the person you are defending to run across the court to chase the ball… Be mindful when you pass the ball to the SF. If he/she is getting doubled team, it means that your rebounder is probably open… pass the ball to the free man for some easy points. Don’t keep forcing the ball into where the other team is focusing on stopping. Or in some rare occasions you can even take a wide open shot because your defender left you to help cover the SF. Once again... be ready for block recovery!

MISC

Let me repeat myself, MASTER DIVING IN ORDER TO BLOCK RECOVERY! This habit will help your SF tremendously. Do not run away after passing the ball to the SF… I hate it when PG’s do this. After passing to the SF, start heading towards the direction of the shooter in case he/she gets blocked. What happens if the SF pump fakes and pass the ball to the rebounder? You will need to immediately spread out. This will create confusion for the other team and one of you has a good chance to be clear for an open shot. Try not to stand so close to the SF, give him/her some room to maneuver. Keep your eye on the SF; if he/she shoots, you are instantly on the way to block recover if the shot gets blocked; if he/she pumps fake, you promptly run away in the other direction to stretch the court. Be on alert because some SF after a pump fake will dribble somewhere else to take a shot, you will probably have to change direction midway of spreading out to head back to the SF.

As I stated at the start of this guide, if you play this style of PG you won’t be taking a lot of shots or have any chance to spam A dribble. Most of your shots will come from mismatches in the defense of the other team. This also depends a lot on the ability of your SF and rebounder to pass you the ball when you are open. Unfortunately, many SF’s won’t have the court vision to pass the ball away to the open man when he/she is getting doubled team or pass it to the PG for an open shot when the defense is rolling to their side. Same thing can be said for rebounders who won’t notice that the PG is open but insist on always passing back to the main scorer. So many times have I have been standing wide open in the corner for a shot and the rebounder just passes back to the SF even though the other team is double teaming. So forget about being the main scorer on your team, focus on playing shut down defense and making your teammates better.

***some final thoughts***

  • It doesn't really matter if you use a male or female to play my style of PG. However, the male guards seem to be better at shooting the ball. 
  • I recommend making your character the tallest because it will help out with defense and diving.
  • DO NOT spam steal when you are the PG.
  • You might have to help out on defense if your other perimeter defender messes up.
  • Make sure to know who is the main scorer of your team and mainly passes the ball to him/her. 

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