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Encyclopedia > Basketball position
Basketball Positions
Point guard
Shooting guard
Small forward
Power forward
Additional Positions
Point forward
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The five tactical basketball positions normally employed by organized basketball teams are: point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. The rules of basketball do not mandate them, and in informal games they are sometimes not used. They are grouped into two conceptual units: the backcourt and frontcourt. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Swingman is a basketball term denoting a player who can play both the small forward and shooting guard positions; and, in essence, swing between the shooting guard and small forward positions. ... // ... A tweener in basketball is a term, sometimes used derisively, for a player who is able to play two positions, but is not ideally suited to play either position exclusively, so he/she is said to be in between. ... Forward-center is a basketball position for players who play or have played both forward and center on a consistent basis. ... This article is about the sport. ... The rules of basketball are the rules and regulations that govern the play, officiating, equipment and procedures of basketball. ...


Back court

Point guard

The point guard, or the "one", is the team's floor general and the best ballhandler on the team. They are generally the quickest, or one of the quickest players on the floor. They are given the task of controlling the game's speed and possession of the ball at all times. A good point guard looks to get the rest of the team involved before they think about shooting, resulting in usually leading the team in assists. However, they are always ready to create shots and score points if necessary. Point guards run the team and are usually one of the shorter players on the court. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Shooting guard

The shooting guard (also called the "two") is usually the team's best shooter. A quality shooting guard should be able to consistently hit 20-foot/6-meter jump shots. Besides being able to shoot the ball, shooting guards must also have good ball-handling skills because they have to be able to create their own shot off the dribble. Finally, they should also be able to come off of any pick and roll and still make a shot without the ball touching the ground. Pop lock and drop it The Shooting guard (SG), also known as the two or off guard,[1] is one of five traditional positions on a basketball team. ...

Front court

Small forward

The small forward, or the "three", is the most versatile of the five starters, simply because they can do it all: handle the ball, play in the post, and score whenever needed. They are not as physical as power forwards and centers. Rather, they generally take more outside shots but can move inside when they need to. Small forwards can often play at the 2 spot in which they are then known as a "swingman". This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Power forward

The power forward, also referred to as the "four", usually plays on the opposite side of the key from the center, and is frequently able to double as a center. Power forwards are a little more mobile than centers, which helps them set many plays up on the court. Most power forwards are able to shoot mid range shots, ranging no more than ten to 15 feet away from the basket. Power forwards usually tend to be robustly built. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Often called the "five", the center usually plays in or around the free-throw lane near the basket (referred to as the "bottom of the key" or the "post"). Typically, the center is physically the strongest player on the team. The center most often scores "down low in the paint" (i.e., near the basket in the free throw lane). Centers, usually the largest players on the court, contribute to winning basketball games by driving to the basket, gathering offensive and defensive rebounds, and "setting the pick" in pick and roll plays. This position is also involved in attacking, both offensively and defensively.# This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The pick and roll (also called screen and roll or shortened to screen-roll) in basketball, is an offensive play in which a player sets a screen (pick) for a teammate handling the ball and then slips behind the defender (rolls) to accept a pass. ...

See also

A starting lineup in sports refers to the set of players actively participating in the event when the game begins. ...

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