Can a 2-Point Guard Backcourt Actually Work in the NBA?

September 22nd, 2012 by Maxwell Ogden Leave a reply »
The landscape of the NBA is an ever-changing anomaly. With each generation comes a deviation from the previous form, thus creating a game of pure unpredictability. As one could only expect, the latest era of basketball is no different from the past.

The most recent change of pace has seen the NBA go from a league of perfected fundamentals to explosive athleticism with a poor feel for the basics. For those who believe the changes will end at a mere change in physical ability, however, the new generation of coaches have another trick up their respective sleeves.

While the traditional backcourt of a point guard and shooting guard remains the most common lineup utilized, teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves have begun to adopt a new system. Rather than signing a conventional shooting guard, the franchises have opted to run with a two-point guard system, thus enabling the teams to look to multiple players at once for both ball-handling and facilitating.

For those NBA diehards, this system has been used before. The Chuck Daly-led Detroit Pistons paired Isiah Thomas with Joe Dumars. This created an elite two-guard system which ...

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