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A team can have as many guards as they want. However, most teams aren't that dumb. Most teams have 2 of each position: point guard, shooting guard, power forward, small forward, and center. After that, a team usually has one more of each but that isn't alwasy the case. Usually, since a point guard and shooting guard are both considered guards, a team will have 4-7 guards.
In the NBA there are usually 2 players listed as guards on the court at any one time, although there are no restrictions by rule (all 5 players could be listed as guards or none could be guards)

In the NCAA many teams regularly use 3 guards, and some schools even use a 4 guard offense. This typically happens at smaller schools were it is difficult to attract talented larger players.

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There are two main types of guards in Basketball, the point guard and a shooting guard. Both of these player are usually shorter and quicker then the posts. They both are usually fair shooters as they don't often enter the key unless they drive to the hoop. A point guard is the one who is the best ball handler, so he/she often dribble up the ball. A shooting guard can dribble also. A shooting guard often hangs around the outside waiting to receive the ball so they can shoot a jump shot or possibly drive to the basket. A guard may drive to the hoop if there is a lane.

Don't get me wrong. There are many guards that can drive just as well as they shoot (Derrick Rose) but they most often hang around the outside of the key. Plus, it is very embarrassing to get blocked by a post.

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point guard (brings the ball, says the plays, penetrates the paint and finds the open man; most famous pg: earvin "magic" Johnson)

shooting guard (mostly scoring, running around screens to get a free position without the ball; most famous sg: Michael "air" Jordan)

combo guard (plays both guard positions; most famous combo guard: Allen iverson)

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There are up to 15 players signed on a basketball team. Only 12 can be dressed and ready to play in games, however.

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There are 2 guards on the football field. One on each side of the center (offense). See Related Links for a diagram of all the football positions.

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in the nba there are 14 players on a team 2 must be inactive and not suit up for the game, so you can dress 12

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there are to things a guard can be

1. point guard- example- magic johson

2. shooting guard- example- Michael Jordan

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