Basketball is a popular sport that continues to attract more and more fans, both in the United States and many countries around the globe. Much of this increase in popularity has stemmed from the game’s many popular superstars including players such as Candace Parker, Yao Ming and LeBron James, who compete at the highest level in the National Basketball Association. These players definitely contribute a lot to the growing popularity. Whether you are new to basketball altogether, or are slightly familiar with the basics, a better understanding to the basketball positions will help you enjoy the games more. Here is a guide to the five main basketball positions.
The first and arguably most important of the basketball positions is point guard. The point guard serves as the floor captain or quarterback of the offense. He or she is responsible for running the offense and has most of the ball handling responsibilities. The point guard tries to get the other four players involved in the offense by passing often and setting up plays.
Shooting guard is one of the most popular basketball positions, and for good reason. One of the easiest pleasures in basketball is shooting and making baskets and this attracts a variety of the most skilled and athletic players. The best shooting guards are able to score in a variety of ways and often are expected to lead the team in buckets scored.
Small forward is similar in terms of basketball positions with shooting guard, albeit with more versatility. Some small forwards are prized for non-scoring skills, like excellent rebounding or defense. However, the best small forwards function as something of a swiss-army knife, providing a variety of skills for the team.
The last two basketball positions are essentially the same: power forward and center. These are the tallest players on the team and are expected to provide a presence “down low”. These players usually lead the team in rebounding and blocking and chip in a lot of points in the paint.
Not one of the basketball positions is more important than the other. All of the different basketball positions require different skills and talents, and more important than any one player is that the group performs as a single team. The different approaches to the different basketball positions, and how different coaches use different players contribute to the strategy and fun of basketball games.