Different Positions In Basketball
Anyone looking to play or watch hoops should know the different positions in basketball. On a basketball team there are generally five players on the court at all times. Each of these five players has different roles and assignments for the team. Let's talk about the roles of all of the different positions in basketball.
On most basketball teams there are two guards. The point guard and the shooting guard. Some teams have an abundance of guards and use three, but most of the time there are two. The point guard is responsible for dribbling the basketball up the court and getting the team set in its offense. The shooting guard is normally a good shooter. Also, it is the responsibility of the shooting guard to help the point guard with ballhandling responsibilities. Many point guards are able to shoot well, too. Having guards that can dribble and shoot very well is very advantageous for a basketball team.
Most basketball teams have two forwards, a small forward and a power forward. A small forward is usually able to shoot and handle the ball, as well as help with rebounding. A power forward usually plays near the basket. He helps the team with rebounding and defending the basket. It is good to have forwards who are able to rebound, defend near the basket. Having the ability to shoot and handle the ball is a plus for any forward, but not normally required.
The last position is the center. It is the center's responsibility to defend the basket on defense. Out of all of the different positions on the basketball court, the center is the last line of defense. When a player gets past a defender, it is the job of the center to defend the basket. Also, the center has the responsibility of rebounding. A center that can defend the basket and rebound, plus score around the basket is very advantageous for the team.
Those are the five different positions in basketball. Each position has defined roles and depending on the coach, the roles and responsibilities can vary.