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Center is a more important position in basketball than point guard

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Started: 4/15/2015 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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First round is for acceptance. This debate is being challenged to 2ninjacat.


I accept :)
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you 2ninjacat, for accepting this debate. I will now go ahead and post my arguments.

There are many reasons why center is more important

1: Centers have a tremendous size advantage

The center is traditionally the biggest player on the floor, which gives them a size advantage. This in return allows the center to generate easier shot opportunities and chances.

(Video 1) Look at how easily 7'6 center Mamadou Ndiaye dunks the ball over his defender!

Easier shot opportunities lead to my second point.

2: Centers have a higher field goal percentage than guards

This past college basketball season, 4 of the top 10 field goal percentages were held by a center[1], including the top spot. Only 1 spot was occupied by a guard. A higher field goal percentage means that the player is scoring on his shots more often.

3: Centers rebound the ball better

Centers also grab a higher number of rebounds than guards. This past college basketball season 5 of the top 10 rebounding numbers were held by centers. No guard was in the top 30 for rebounding! [2] Rebounds limit the opposing team's chances and give your team more chances to score.

4 Centers block more shots. Once again this past college basketball season there were more centersin the top 10 for blocked shots than there were guards. [3] Blocked shots change the momentum of the game and energize the crowd.

(video 2) Look at how fired up the crowd is after 7 foot center Amida Brimah blocks a shot!

With that I close my opening arguments. Thank you.




The point guard is the floor general. He orchestrates the offense like a symphony, directing his teammates and setting them up for easy baskets. He is a catalyst for the offense and makes everyone around him better. The point guard is most often the shortest but quickest player of the 5 basketball positions. A good point guard possesses:
  • Excellent ball handling (usually the best ball handler on the team)
  • Excellent passing Court vision = the ability to see the entire court and know where all teammates are at all times Quickness Good shooter In addition, good point guards have a good basketball iq or sixth sense about the game.
  • They are able to “read” the defense and exploit openings.
  • They like to score a lot of points and often look for their shot.
  • The point guard is more of a team player and assists players going for goal. - Point Guard is defined as: usually the shortest player on the team. Should be the team's best passer and ball handler; not primarily a shooter. Traditional role is to push the ball upcourt and start the offensive wheels turning. Should either take the ball to the basket or remain near the top of the key, ready to retreat on defense or safety, incase of a fast break.

-Best and brightest: Derrick Rose. Point guards can dunk too! Point guards are almost like the controllers of the court. They usually bring the ball down the court, fast and zippy to set up the offense. They are good passers, fakers, shooters and great at assists. They are usually small but can jump high due to their small mass of body fat. proves what a point guard is like.

Point guards compared to a center are:

  • faster, better change of paceand zippier
  • better at trick passes or passes in general
  • have better stamina and are better sprinters
  • better at shooting 3's
  • can shoot inside and outside the paint
  • They can also dunk
  • have a role to set up the offense
  • are leaders of the court
  • lower defensive stance

Point guards are better that centers. No dought about it.

Debate Round No. 2


birdlandmemories forfeited this round.

Con shows evidence of my points from round 2.

Pro state that 'centers have a tremendous size advantage'. However, proves that you don't have to be tall to be a centr. "You can't teach size," is the mantra coaches have preached for years.

The same website quotes- That's not to say superstars like LeBron James (6-foot-8) or Kevin Durant (6-foot-9), physical freaks of nature by most anyone's measure, aren't still the dream standard. But Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry, all 6-foot-3 of him, was the leading All-Star vote-getter for this weekend's 64th All-Star Game in New York -- not James. And the 6-foot-5 James Harden, not his former Oklahoma City teammate, Durant, leads the NBA in scoring this season.

Pro's second point states 'centers have a higher field goal percentage than guards'. shows that you are wrong. Guard have more accurate 3 pointers and a higher percentile of mid ranged shots. Point guards also do more assists than centers.

Centers do however rebound the ball better. But the main job of a center is to rebound and reject shots- all defensive apects of the game. Guards are back for saftey in a game, preventing the other team from getting a fast break. has best snippits of a game and guess who got the most steals? The guards did. Guards have faster feet and quicker hands to steal the ball.

Guards rely on the centers to get the ball in the hoop as they have dribbled down, penetrated the defence then dished off. A fast, hard and accurate pass to the center, assuring that they would make the bucket. Overall in that game, the guards scored more points. More 3 pointers, more layups, more assists than a center. Guards are better than centers, and it doesn't depend on height.

After you watch these, don't you feel emotionally impressed, happy and alsmost joyfully sad. Mojority of the 3 pointers were made by guards, they had wom the final, or the grand final depending on the case. with all the training and great ball handling as shown in the first video, it proves you can win finals. To be a guard you have to be quick, a good shooter and have amazing ball handling. That proves you can win games if you posess those 3 things.
Debate Round No. 3


birdlandmemories forfeited this round.


Overall, A point guard is much better than a center because they are faster, have better ball controll, look up more, have (generally) better passes, can aso be tall and have a better shooting percentage from all over the half court. Point guards are necessary for a basketball team, but are centers?
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by 2ninjacat 3 years ago
lol, I usually play center :)
Posted by birdlandmemories 3 years ago
Ahhhhhhhhh lol I need to proof read better next time. I made a few typing mistakes.
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