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What Can a PG Do That a Combo Guard Can't?

The return of Seth Allen has reopened the debate about him not being a true point guard. And that leaves me more than a bit confused. (I know, so what else is new, right?).

It's been decided somewhere that Seth is a combo guard, and I'm not disputing that. If the definition of a combo guard, though, is a player who is the capable of playing either the point guard or shooting guard position, why is it assumed, by some, that Seth isn't - or can't be - a point guard? What skillset must a good point guard possess that Seth doesn't? Pe'Shon Howard was considered a point guard, and the fanbase wanted him to be a more effective perimeter shooter. If he were a better shooter, wouldn't that have made him a combo guard?

Hopefully, someone will be able to clarify matters for me. My understanding of a good point guard is someone who 1) understands and is able to direct the offense, 2) sees the floor well, 3) has a knack for finding the open man, 4) makes the occasional shot to keep the defense honest, and 5) drives to the bucket and finishes in traffic. Did I miss anything?

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