What Are the Positions in Basketball?

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There are five positions in basketball, including the point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center. Find out what the jobs of each position are in basketball with help from an athletic trainer in this free video on playing basketball and basketball positions.

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What are the positions in basketball? So there is five positions. There is the 1,2,3,4, and 5. Also known as the point-guard, shooting-guard, small forward, power forward, and center. Those are the traditional five different positions. So if you're looking at the 1, that's the point-guard, that's the general basically. So what the point-guard does is their responsibility is to organize the team, relay any message from the coach to their team mates, and to make sure everything is running smoothly in the play-by-play action that goes on on the court. The 2 is the shooting-guard. The name is pretty much self-explanatory. The shooting-guard their main job is to make sure that they are in good position to shoot and make buckets for their team, or score baskets. The small forward, now different people view the small forward differently, the small forward could either be a scorer or either be a big presence down low. So either way the small forward is just as important as every other position. And they are usually a little bit taller in height. The power forward now that's usually the person who clears room and just basically the head-banger as we like to say, the street term. The power forward is usually the person who is going to go in and dunk if you're watching NBA action or the person who is going to set up down low and get ready for the ball. Now the center is usually the person you'll see jumping the ball. Now the center has a lot of different abilities and a lot of different things that they are supposed to do. On defense, they are usually the last line of defense. On offense, they are usually the primary person you want to get the ball to because they are closest to the hoop. And that means their shooting percentage is usually the highest. So they are usually most skilled around the basket, learning about post-up moves and hook-shots, etc.


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