The characteristics of a point guard vary from team to team, but one constant remains: confidence.  Tags like leader, quarterback and floor general rest on the shoulders of one person to set the game’s tone and manipulate the tempo.

In order to meet the expectations of the coach and the team, the game-time performance and assurance has to be equally strong as the weaponry on their feet. Security, stability and traction are all essential elements for a legitimate sneaker for a Point Guard, and thankfully today there is more than one brand to choose from. These are the best five kicks that every Point Guard should have in rotation.

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adidas Adizero Crazy Light 2.0

When the Crazylight II dropped, adidas boasted that its 9.5 ounce frame was the lightest shoe in the game. They live up to the namesake on the court, but the draw for the point guard is in the detail. An extra insole for support coupled with the flexible, strength and agility that the SPRINTWEB tech allows are nice – and needed—touches.

Notable Player: Brandon Knight

Weight: 9.5 oz

Find: At adidas for $110.00.

Under Armour Micro G Torch

The Flash Reflectivity catches everyone’s eye on the court, but the Micro G cushioning provides the stability needed to comfortably weave in and out of traffic. Keeping in line with the times, the Torches are lightweight, but set themselves apart with their durability and a sole that can perform on any surface.

Notable Player: Kemba Walker

Weight: 12.1 oz

Find: At Under Armour for $90.

Nike Hyperdunk 2012

The Nike Hyperdunk 2012 set the bar high on several levels. First, there’s the Nike+ technology that measures a players vertical, hustle and speed. Instant analytics is amazing, but what’s more impressive is that the tech doesn’t come at expense of performance. The 2012 Hyperdunk is really a utility shoe and has the intangibles to fit every position. The Lunarlon sole provides both stability and comfort, while the FlyWire keeps it streamline allowing for swift and quick movements. It’s truly one design fits all.

Notable Player: Kyrie Irving

Weight: 12.4

Find: At Eastbay for $140.

Nike Hyperdunk 2011 Low

If the low cut suits your style, the Hyperdunk 2011 is the way to go. Most players who go low like the freedom they allow and the Hyperdunk 2011 does just that. Aside from the complete range of motion, the 2011 sole design has arguably the best grip on this list. That’s key for quicker point guards that are constantly starting and stopping in every direction.

Notable Player: Jeremy Lin

Weight: 10.8

Find: At Eastbay for $80.

UA Micro G Bloodline 

Of every shoe on this list, the Bloodlines are the sturdiest and perform the best outdoors. They’re a bit of a throwback to the time when padding for strength was considered the most important every player needed. If you’re hitting the blacktop or you’re a penetrate-first point guard, the Bloodlines are the shoe for you.

Notable Player: Brandon Jennings

Weight: 15 oz

Find: At Under Armour for $110.

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