She is a pure point guard. She is consistent and 100 percent pure point guard. She controls the ball and controls the tempo and is an extremely intelligent basketball player. I have had a lot of point guards, but this one is one of one of those really true, true kids that can really fill that position at the Division I level.
There are times when it seems that pure point guards are imagined as The Chosen Ones in the collective imaginations of basketball fans, destined to lead some wretched team from the darkness of their conference cellar to the light of championship glory.
Beyond just being a “coach on the floor”, there are those who seem to imagine a pure point guard as their savior; the one player that epitomizes altruism as they glide about the court uplifting all those they come into contact with.
It’s a beautiful thing to think about, but the Holy Grail of Purity probably isn’t really what people want or simply not exactly what they imagine.
The WNBA has had two players who represent the romanticized vision of point guard purity this past season. Los Angeles Sparks veteran Ticha Penicheiro, who can get nearly anywhere she wants on the court, was the only player who played 250+ minutes this past season to record more assists than field goal attempts. The only other player to that was Atlanta Dream point guard Shalee Lehning, who suffered a season-ending injury after 18 games but barely had two shot attempts per game if you combine field goal and free throw attempts.
If those two aren’t pass first, break glass and shoot only in emergency players, it’s hard to say who is.
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