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    Comma

    "One of the few true, playmaking point guards in the draft, Morris has size and instincts."

    I don't think there should be a comma after "true." Assuming I'm right, could one justify the author's use of the comma somehow?

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    Using the comma suggests he thinks there are many players who are listed as point guards, but who don't play like point guards. This guy plays like a point guard. He's a true point guard. AND he makes plays.

    Please don't ask me how a point guard should play. I like to watch basketball, but I don't really understand how a point guard is different from a forward, except guards can be short and forwards can't. Thus endth my basketball knowledge.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Using the comma suggests he thinks there are many players who are listed as point guards, but who don't play like point guards. This guy plays like a point guard. He's a true point guard. AND he makes plays.

    Please don't ask me how a point guard should play. I like to watch basketball, but I don't really understand how a point guard is different from a forward, except guards can be short and forwards can't. Thus endth my basketball knowledge.
    No need to explain that. I've been playing basketball for almost 15 years, mostly at the point guard position.

    Getting back to the comma, do you agree that it's wrong from a strictly grammatical perspective?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I would have a problem if the comma wasn't there. From the point of view of grammar, it is placed correctly.
    There's a rule about replacing the comma with "and." See here: Commas with Paired Adjectives.

    "One of the few true and playmaking point guards ...." doesn't sound right to me.

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    If the meaning is as I described, it's completley correct.

    So tell me how a point guard is supposed to play! I'm all ears. (Well, eyes.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If the meaning is as I described, it's completley correct.

    So tell me how a point guard is supposed to play! I'm all ears. (Well, eyes.)
    A point guard is supposed to pass the ball, set up his teammates so they can score. But nowadays many point guards prefer to score themselves.

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    I no little about basketball, but I think the 3-point line encourages outside shooters. Like guards.

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