Saturday, April 21, 2018

Before we dig into all the rules and maneuvers of basketball, I thought it we should introduce you to all the hotties. Um. I mean players!

Now, I promise the players and positions of basketball is much simpler to learn than Football Players & Positions, where there are about 50 different things to memorize. Or even the 9 positions of baseball. In basketball, there are only 5 positions!Basketball_Positions

  1. Point Guard
  2. Shooting Guard
  3. Small Forward
  4. Power Forward
  5. Center

Each position is both offensive and defensive, meaning they don’t switch with another player when the ball switches possession.

The five players are broken down into The Backcourt and The Frontcourt

The Backcourt

The Point Guard (or 1 guard):

The point guard is basketball’s equivelant of football’s quarterback. The point guard is responsible for “running the floor.” He’s the guy that is usually bringing the ball up the court and sets the play in motion. You’ll often see him wave one hand in the air in a signal. That signal is the play-call (just like the QB does when he calls an audible play!). He is the floor leader and shot-caller.

chris paul play callingb.j. armstrong calling playTo run the floor, the point guard has heightened awareness of what’s going on around him. He is the best ball handler on the team. In English, that means he can tell in a split second who is open to catch the ball and he has precision passing (just like a QB!).

Point guards tend to be the shortest member of the team, ranging from 6 feet to 6’3ish. Their agile compact size allows them to slip by defenders, run up the court quickly, and even drive through the middle to the basket.

Famous Name Dropping: Ervin “Magic” Johnson, Jason Kidd, Tony Parker, Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Nate Robinson, and my personal favorite, former Chicago Bull B.J. Armstrong

The Shooting Guard (or 2 guard)

The shooting guard is usually the team’s best shooter.  He can create the points from just about anywhere on the floor but tends to be a great outside shooter (meaning, from way far away from the basket). These guys are slightly taller than point guards at 6’4-6’7. Something about that height range must make the perfect arch when shooting!

The shooting guard makes the last second shots under pressure, off balance, from way far away with three defenders on him. He breaks free, gets to the basket and dunks. chris paul steals

Famous Name Dropping: Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Ray Allen, and of course, the best shooting guard of all-time, Michael Jordan.

Guards on Defense

Guards are known as the “pick-pockets” of basketball. When defending the opposing guard, they tend to poke the ball away (a steal), or “pick the pocket” of the player. They are quick and guard the perimeter of the court, hoping to stop outside and 3-point shots.

The Front Court

NBA/The Small Forward (3)

The player in the small forward position needs to be adaptable, strong and very quick on his feet. The Small Forward is a little bit of a hodgepodge position because sometimes he plays frontcourt as a forward, and othertimes he switches over into the backcourt as a shooting guard. He is usually a bit taller than the shooting guard, ranging from 6’7-6’11 and usually very strong. They have to be able to shoot from outside and be strong enough to drive in through the defense to shoot from closer to the basket.

Because they do a little bit of everything, they are one of the hardest positions to read and to defend.

Famous Name Dropping: LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen

The Power Forward (4)

Like the name implies, the power forwards are the strong, powerful forces on the team. These guys play close to the basket and have mega power to muscle through the defense to get their shots. Think of them like the offensive and defensive linemen of basketball. Tall (6’9-6’11) and extremely built, they are not opposed to pushing other players out of their way!

Famous Name Dropping: Dirk Nowitski, Kevin Garnett, Amar’e Stoudemire, Tim Duncan, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone

The Forwards on Defense

Like I said, the forwards are like the linemen of basketball, not shy about pushing people and blocking their way. Very strong and powerful, they block the post, or middle of the court. They are also known to block shots. Because of their strength and size, they often accumulate more fouls than the guards when trying to defend.

The Center (5)yao ming

These are the super tall guys that hang out right underneath the basket. Most centers hit the 7 foot mark and have an arm wingspan the size of most people’s bodies, meaning they can reach really, really far. They are not known for their outside shooting, ball handling, or free throw shooting for that matter. But they are known for their drunks and ability to dominate under the basket!

Famous Name Dropping: Yao Ming, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwight Howard, Greg Odon, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar

The Centers on Defense.

The Centers are the last line of defense en route to the basket. These guys stand tall, dead center, in hopes of stopping a drive to the basket or blocking a shot.

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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  1. basketballman Said,

    Good basic synopsis. thanks for the tip! I’ll have to update that for the E-Book!..
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    Posted on February 2nd, 2010 at 5:57 am

  2. Mark Ross Said,

    I am writing a speach and I was looking for some way to correlate this young girl’s accomplishments to the positions on a basketball team, a sport she likes to play. I Googled “basketball positions” and your website showed up. I know nothiing about basketaball, but your basic synopsis and diagrams made the sport a lot clearer to me. Great Job. Can’t wait for you to do one on ice hockey. I understand the hockey playoffs are underway.

    Posted on April 29th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

  3. Stiletto Jen Said,

    I am so glad I was able to help!

    I can’t wait to do one on hockey too :) But, sadly, it requires a lot of time and research on my part to understand the game again. hopefully by October when the season starts again I’ll have some guides put together!

    Posted on June 27th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

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