Basketball Positions

James Naismith
by Dell Hudson (7th grader, Portland, ME.)

It all started in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts and was created by Dr. James Naismith an Educator. He split a class of 18 people into two teams the game consisted of peach baskets and soccer type ball. The baskets were nailed to the gym balcony, and they started playing the game. The object was to get the ball into the basket. Once a team made a basket they would have a custodian go up on a ladder and retrieve the ball. Soon enough the doctor realized if we cut the bottoms out the ball would come back down. After playing this new game, people had a real interest, so they decided to invite the public. This is how the best sport ever was started, basketball!

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Basketball Positions Overview:

There are many positions on the basketball court, and there are many different names for them also. You might have heard of a point guard, a shooting guard, small forward, forward, and center. At young ages, they are hard to remember what position goes where and it is very confusing. So, coaches gave these positions numbers so a point guard would be a 1 and the shooting guard would be a 2 and so on. Your position is based on your height, weight, and the way you are.

Basketball Player Positions Graphic
Point Guard Dribbiling The Ball

The Point Guard (1)

The point guards are usually the leader and must be a role player on and off the court. Point guards are the ones in charge on the court when you are playing a game because they are the ones calling the plays, controlling, and executing them. The point guards must be verbal as they are the head of operations for an army or a team. They are making all the discussions and sticking to them, and when these plays collapse they adapt and overcome. Some point guards aren’t big scorers they are team players and they average lots of assists (passes to the one that does score) per game, and they don’t want to be selfish. But sometimes point guard take charge of the game when their team is losing, and they will take charge and do what they can to bring it back into a close game.

The Shooting Guard (2)

Shooting guards are very effective on the court and can help a lot against bigger teams than you. When you verse big teams, it is often hard to drive into the paint (close to the basket) and make a layup on those big guys, because they could block you. So, shooting guards are out on the 3-point line always looking to shoot, a good shooting guard will be ready for the ball always and can be a threat on the court if they are having a good game. 70% of the time one person will be open, and it’s mostly the shooting guard. Always shooting once they get it. Most shooting guards are not leaders but sometimes they can be, and they are not big passers either because they know if they have a better shot then someone else they want to be the one taking that shot.

Basketball Shooting Guard Shooting The Ball
Basketball Forward Player Diving For The Ball

The Forwards (3 & 4)

Forwards are posted (inside the paint) players, and they work for rebounds, put backs, and dunks. Forwards are very powerful and big, and they take lots of hits from other players. They can’t be afraid to be physical against other/bigger teams. Forwards don’t score that much you wouldn’t see a forward scoring 25 points in a game they are more 10-16 points area depend on how good they are. Forwards are usually not leaders, but they are good at pumping up the team when they need spirit. A good forward is generally strong, for instance when they get a rebound they must be able to hold the ball and ripped the ball through people without it getting stolen. Forwards are very versatile and can play many different positions, and that’s what makes them special.

The Center (5)

Centers are players that mostly stay inside the perimeter and work for rebounds and put back shots. Centers must be tall and have skill and determination. Centers are very hard to find because of their height; centers must be tall because they must be able to reach for rebounds and can lay the ball up quickly. There are two different types of centers. One type is the passing type, which means when they get a rebound instead of shooting it back in they will pass it out to a shooter. The second type is the put-back type when they get a rebound they will try to put it back no matter what. Centers can score around 5-25 points depending on how good they are. Centers are not good at handling the ball because they don’t need to put moves on your defender when you are under the hoop. A good center is very helpful and valuable to any team. These are the positions on a basketball team, although there are many of them each role is important on the court to make a great team.

 

Basketball Center Going For A Lay Up
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