- Basketball is played with five players on each team. Each of the five players has their own roles and responsibilities. Each team is made up of a point guard, a shooting guard, a power forward, a small forwards and a center.
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- Point guard.
- Shooting Guard.
- Small Forward.
- Power Forward.
- Center. The center is the tallest player on each team, playing near the basket. On offense, the center tries to score on close shots and rebound. But on defense, the center tries to block opponents’ shots and rebound their misses.
- Power Forward. The power forward does many of the things a center does, playing near the basket while rebounding and defending taller players. But power forwards also take longer shots than centers.
- Small Forward. The small forward plays against small and large players. They roam all over on the court. Small forwards can score from long shots and close ones.
- Point Guard. The point guard runs the offense and usually is the team’s best dribbler and passer. The point guard defends the opponent’s point guard and tries to steal the ball.
- Point Guard (1) RELATED: The Shortest Players in NBA History Prove Size Doesn?t Matter. The point guard?often referred to as the floor general? has the ball in their hands the most.
- Shooting Guard (2) The shooting guard is a secondary ball-handler and usually more of a scoring threat than the point guard. They live up to the namesake of their position and are the best shooter most of the time, with some specializing in hitting long-range shots from beyond the 3-point line.
- Small Forward (3) The small-forward is the hybrid position between guard and forward. They’re usually one of the more versatile players on the floor and can guard across multiple positions.
- Power Forward (4) Power forwards are generally the second tallest players on basketball teams. They can rebound well and work down low or in the mid-range.
- Point Guard. The point guard is usually the smallest player on the floor, though some of today’s point guards are so versatile that they can handle the ball despite being tall.
- Shooting Guard. The shooting guard complements the point guard. Together they make up the team’s back court. Shooting guards also have good dribbling ability but their specialty is being able to shoot and score the basketball.
- Small Forward. The small forward, or the ‘three’ is a bigger version of the shooting guard. They often don’t have as good outside shooting skills as the shooting guard.
- Power Forward. Usually the strongest or most physical player on the team, power forwards come in different sizes and styles. Among the many roles of power forwards are rebounding and being the team’s enforcer.
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- Point Guard. The point guard is responsible for handling the ball and triggering his team's offense. Some consider the position the most difficult. And as a former point guard, I was tasked to set the offense, make the first pass, and dribble the ball up the court -- other players simply run up the court and wait.
- Shooting Guard. The ideal shooting guard is a player who can score a lot of points in a short period of time. While the shooting guard must be able to handle the ball and pass successfully, his greatest contribution is as a scorer.
- Small Forward. The description of small forward usually has nothing to do with a player's height; it has to do with a player's ability to make plays with the ball.
- Power Forward. The power forward is a big and powerful individual who can dominate rebounding and inside scoring. Most of the power forward's shots are taken from inside 12 feet and many are within just a few feet of the rim.