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The short list

Small guards can play in the NBA -- if coaches devise the right strategy

Originally Published: March 16, 2009
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.

Nate Robinson's recent success is a reminder that small guards can succeed in the NBA. From Spud Webb to Muggsy Bogues to Brevin Knight to T.J. Ford, there's a lineage of impact. But shorter guards need to have a special set of skills to play in the NBA, and while bright coaches figure out how to maximize those abilities, they can be exploited, too.

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John Carroll

Scouts, Basketball Recruiting
John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.

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