Toronto Raptors radio voice Chuck Swirsky offers his two cents on the backcourt.

It's important that guards understand how important ball movement is, and how and where they pass the ball. The guards must know the strengths and weaknesses of their teammates. Here are a few key questions for guards:

Does a player receiving a pass like to receive a chest pass for a catch-and-shoot shot? Does a player like the ball off the bounce?

Basketball U How does a guard play without the ball? Does he make his defensive man work hard enough so fatigue will set in on the offensive end?

Can a guard cross over and use a head-and-shoulder fake to take his man off the dribble to create his own shot?

Court vision is vital. Can they read the defence like a football quarterback sees a defensive front?