If you are a quick guard that likes to beat opponents off the dribble with deadly crossovers and smooth pull-up jumpers you need shoes that can keep up with your style of play. There is nothing more annoying than a pair of shoes that keep you from reaching your potential!
In this article, I am going to show you how you can find the perfect basketball sneakers that are tailored towards guard play.
As a quick guard, traction is by far the most important aspect of a shoe's performance. Sticky traction will allow you to blow by your defender with an explosive first step, help you to stop on a dime when attacking the basket, and give you the necessary grip to pester your opponent on defense. Shoes with bad traction will rob you of all your quickness, negate all your strengths and might even make you slip on an opponent's crossover - nobody wants that!
So, the most important thing as a guard is to get shoes with amazing traction.
Herringbone is the most popular traction pattern
Shoes with comfortable cushioning that make you feel like you're walking on clouds are great for big heavy guys, but not for shifty guards. As a guard, you probably weigh a lot less than the Shaqs of this world, and therefore you need a lot less impact protection. In fact, mushy and soft cushioning often has a negative effect on your speed and quickness as it takes away from your court feel and makes cuts and first steps a split second slower.
As a guard, you want to have a responsive cushioning setup with excellent court feel that doesn't take away from your quickness.
In today's game, most guards are playing in low or mid-top basketball shoes. These shoes are cut a lot lower around the ankles compared to traditional basketball "boots" which reduces the weight and allows a greater amount of flexibility and freedom of movement. The lost ankle support is made up for with other support features like extended outriggers and sturdy heel counters. If you still don't feel comfortable playing in low-tops, or you are recovering from an ankle sprain take a look at ankle braces. Other than that, low or mid-tops are the way to go for guards.
The Nike Kobe line popularized low-tops
So, if we are looking for good basketball shoes for guards, we want to look for low-tops with amazing traction and responsive cushioning.
Top current basketball shoes that are made specifically for quick guards: (as of Dec 16, 2017)
Let's take a closer look at the top picks:
These are my top picks. What are yours? Let me know in the comments!
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