Basketball

The game of basketball, including positions, basketball hoop sizes, and court sizes. Includes all levels of basketball.

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What are the various positions in basketball?

Typically, there are five (5) main positions: two guards, two forwards, and a center. By rule, there is nothing that any one of these positions can do that the others cannot. But they all have traditional "roles" which they usually adhere to. They are listed below.

However, note that many basketball coaches tend to simplify their offense by starting five players who are either wings or posts. Posts play around the basket, and usually get the ball when they're already in a position to score. Wings are ball-handlers with a better outside shooting ability, usually, or at least have the skill to take their defender off the dribble and get to the basket for a closer shot.

Point Guard

  • Generally the shortest and fastest players in the team. They are often the best at dribbling and therefore they are often called upon to bring the ball up the court on offense while the rest of the players get into their positions. They are often the leader on the floor, calling out plays, and controlling the tempo of the game. They have the ball in their hands the most out of any position.
  • Point Guards are usually the shortest players. They have excellent dribbling and usually play point and on the wings. Should be a good passer and a very good dribbler. Able to use both hands evenly. Cannot be selfish. Sets up the offense.
  • They aren't always the smallest- Note, Michael Jordan was a guard and he was 6 feet 6 inches tall and he played the point guard position sometimes
  • Point guards are usually the ones that handle the ball. They bring it up and down the court and call the plays. They are essentially the quarterback of basketball.
  • There are two distinctly different point guards: those who are score-first, pass-second and those who are pass-first and score-second. Allen Iverson is the score-first point guard, while Steve Nash is the pass-first point guard.
  • Examples of a point guard: Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Mike Bibby

Shooting Guard

  • Usually taller than the point guard. Often these players are the best shooters from longer distances. They are also expected to be very fast and need to be able to dribble well.
  • The back-up ball handler, usually better shooters (hence the name).
  • The job of the shooting guard is to get open and find a shot or find another open player to keep the ball moving.
  • Usually one of three types of shooting guards: The cutter and slasher, who gets dunks and layups for most of the points; The scorer, who can score in so many ways, often takes tough and contested shots; and the shooter, who love to hit jump shots. Examples of each: Kobe is a scorer, Ronnie Brewer is a slasher, and J.J. Redick is the shooter.
  • Example of a shooting guard: Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Tracy McGrady, J.J. Redick

Small Forward

  • Vary in mold. Taller than shooting guards but not as big as power forwards, these players are often very versatile, and can either shoot well from long range or get near the basket and get rebounds, etc.
  • Forwards are some of smallest players on the team. Usually plays around the wing or corner and usually drives along the baseline. Should be a solid rebounder. A good runner. A hard driver and a good passer.
  • Very much like shooting guard, usually starts lower on court.
  • Example of a small forward: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Larry Bird

Power Forward

  • The next biggest player. They traditionally do not stray out and shoot long shots but play near the painted area and by the basket, trying for short-range shots and layups. Good power forwards are also very good at rebounding. Recently in the NBA many power forwards have emerged and can shoot three pointers very well.
  • Forwards fight under the net to get open for an easy lay up. They are post players and are usually taller than the guards.
  • Usually larger players (hence the name); starts low with small forward.
  • Example of a power forward: Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

Center (Centre)

  • Usually the tallest and slowest players on the team. Their primary jobs are to get rebounds and score points when close the basket. They are rarely expected to dribble the ball much nor shoot from more than 15 feet away. Some centers are very dominant at scoring from in close while many others only score a handful of points per game. The best players at blocking shots on defense are often centers.
  • The center stays around the paint, which is the colored part of the floor around the basket. Should be a solid rebounder and a good inside shooter.
  • The center has to be able to move around and help move the ball and occasionally shoot. For the most part they are very helpful on defense.
  • The center is the biggest or strongest player, and is usually interchangeable with power forward.
  • Example of a center: Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Player positions can also be referred to by numbers: the point guard(pg) is the 1, the shooting guard(sg) is the 2 guard, the small forward(sf) is the 3, the power forward(pf)is the 4 and the center(c) is the 5.
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Which championship year was Michael Jordan at his best?

I like firsts. Let's go with 1991—that's what got the Bulls charging.
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What are the rules of a basketball game?

There are a lot of rules for basketball, too many to be mentioned here. Click on the links under the "Related Links" heading below to view detailed information concerning the rules of basketball.
The game is a contest between two teams that play against each other. The team objective is to shoot the ball into the metal hoop or basket. The hoop or goal is ten feet from the floor.

A team has three positions. There is one center per team and plays at the post position, the area ten feet within the basket. The middle area is referred to the wing area and this is the where the forward plays. There are two forwards per team. There are two guards per team. The guard play at the top of the key.

The key is the area that reaches twenty feet from the baseline of the court. The players who have control of the ball are said to be on the offensive. The team without control of the ball is said to be on the defensive. The offensive team tries to shoot the ball into the hoop, also known as scoring, while the defensive team's objective is to try to keep the offense from scoring.

The offensive team, by putting the basketball into the hoop, can score one point, two points, or three points. The offense will score one point by scoring on a free shot or free throw. The free shot is given to an offensive player who was fouled by a defensive player.

The player on defense fouls the offense player by pushing, hitting, or otherwise coming into contact with the offense player. The charity shot is allowed to a player who can shoot at the basket without being contested. The offensive player who is fouled will receive two charity throws each time he or she is fouled.

The team will receive two points if the team shoots the ball into the hoop from within the three point line. If an offensive player puts the basketball in the hoop from outside the three point line he or she will score three points for his team. The team with the most points at the end of basketball games wins. Basketball is very easy to learn and fun to watch. The game is growing in popularity everyday.

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How many Division 1 NCAA basketball teams are there?

346 teams in 32 conferences plus 4 independent schools.

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What are the rules of basketball?

There are a lot of rules for basketball, too many to be mentioned here. Click on the links under the "Related Links" heading below to view detailed information concerning the rules of basketball.

The rules of basketball are plentiful, however the most common rules are not to travel with the ball, ie carry it without dribbling it, and not to be violent against other players.

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How many players are on a basketball team?

In the NBA, there must be a minimum of 10 players on a team and a maximum of 15 players. Only 12 players can be active to play a game, and 10 players must be active with 5 starters and 5 reserves, or bench players. There are 5 from each team playing on the court at any one time. If a team does not have 5 players on the court, the team forfeits and the other team automatically wins.

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When was the first NBA basketball game?

The first NBA basketball game was played on November 1, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between the New York Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies. The score was 96-78, with the Knickerbockers winning.

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Why were the Air Jordan 1 shoes illegal in the NBA?

On October 18th, 1985, NBA commissioner David Stern banned the Air Jordan I sneaker from the NBA. He felt that they failed to meet on-court dress codes and did not match the uniform of the Chicago Bulls. Commissioner David Stern began fining Michael Jordan $5,000 every time he wore the Air Jordan I's on the court. Nike paid the fine and continued to have Michael wear the shoes. In doing so, the popularity of the product skyrocketed and sales were astronomical for the product.

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Where can you find a diagram of the basketball court showing the players' positions on the court?

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What materials are basketballs made of?

Nearly all basketballs have an inflatable inner rubber bladder inside, generally wrapped in layers of fiber and then covered with a tacky surface made either from leather (traditional), rubber, or a synthetic composite. As in most inflatable balls, there is a small needle valve opening to allow the pressure to be increased or decreased.

Precise specifications no doubt vary slightly from league to league; NBA, WNBA, Olympic, International, Under 20 etc., etc. Best consult specific league websites for most current details.

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What's the greatest Kobe Bryant moment?

Easily his 81-point game against the Toronto Rapters on Jan. 22, 2006. Kobe went 28 for 46 and made a staggering 18 free throws. In the third and fourth quarters, he scored 27 and 28 points, respectively. This was definitely Kobe at the height of his powers. Check out all of the points he scored in that game from the NBA's official YouTube channel:

It's rare that we get to see people so dominant and trailblazing in their field, and Kobe Bryant easily solidified his name among the greatest basketball players of all time. His legacy will influence generations of new players to come, of that I have no doubt. Rest In Peace, Kobe.

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Shaquille O'Neal

What basketball teams has Shaq played for?

Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

-US Olympic Team

-LSU in college

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How far is the free throw line from the basket?

The free throw is 13 feet away from the front of the rim and 15 feet away from the backboard.

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What makes basketball a unique sport?

Its unique because there are several ways you can score. For example, you can be rewarded 3 points for a 3 pointer, 1 point for a free throw, 2 points for a shot inside the 3 point line, or even 2 points from a dunk or layup. If you get fouled from 3 point range, you can make a 4 point play with a free throw [Larry Johnson]. The intensity and excitement makes this sport even unique, because there's no other sport you can show your hops and dunk on someone or hit an amazing full court shot like lebron...lol

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Who spent the longest time in the air when dunking?

The greatest ball player ever Micheal Jordan

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How many NBA games are played each season?

During the regular season, each team plays 82 games, 41 each home and away.

Since there are 30 teams in the NBA, that is a total of 1,230 games in each season.

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What does hand down man down mean in basketball?

It has nothing to do with dunking, mad hard or otherwise.

The phrase comes from boxing, in which if you drop your defense (hands), you're going to be knocked out. In basketball, it translates as "if your hands are down while defending a shooter, he'll be able to shoot over you, and then you are the man down."

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When is national basketball day?

Janurary 15th

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Number of NBA games in a season?

Each teams plays 82 games during the NBA regular season.

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Who are the street legends in NBA Street?

they are strech, bonafide,drake, takishi, bigilitlles,osmosis

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What are some words that describe a basketball court?

Here are some:

slick

shiny

hard

rectangular

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Who are considered the greatest basketball players of all time?

The greatest NBA/ABA players of all time would include Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Pete Maravich, Julius Erving, Jerry West, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Bill Russell.

Some current players (2000's and forward) include Lebron James, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson, Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O'Neal, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose.

If considering basketball players in general, college players would include J.J. Redick, Tyler Hansbrough, Lew Alcindor (who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Bill Walton, Tim Duncan, Pete Maravich, and Bill Bradley.

For the female side of basketball, the greatest players of the just over 10+ years of the WNBA would include Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson, Sue Bird, Katie Smith, Candace Parker, Yolanda Griffith, and Lauren Jackson.

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Why is putting rotation on a basketball when you shoot good?

So if it hits the rim it's top spin will carry it into the hoop

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How much is an average NBA team worth?

i would say 350,000,000$ (350 million $). the Los Angeles Lakers cost 607,000,000 $ though

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Why do basketball players need strength?

They need strength because while there running with the ball they will be defending it by keeping it close to them, Therefore they will be using Strength to keep the from the opposition.

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