To watch the ball fly high up in the sky and find its way dripping down the basket is not only thrilling but making it so happen requires lots of effort, knowledge, skill along with unprecedented heights and a healthy body built.
To determine what basketball position you should play , one has to be well conversant about the various positions from which it can be played. Basketball is a team game played in five from five different positions, and each of them is vividly described in this post! Keep reading!!
Point Guard (PG)
POINT GUARD basketball position, also known as the ONE or the POINT, is the most popular but the difficult most position amongst all the five positions in the basketball game.
The player playing at the POINT position must be capable enough to understand the game plan and accept what is being allowed by the defence team. Based upon these criteria, the player at POINT has to take in the charge to administer and monitor the basketball game’s pace.
The player playing for the POINT GUARD position needs to have tremendous control over the ball and has to be very particular about making on-spot decisions regarding who is the right player to get the ball keeping in mind the right moment of timing.
The prime most job of a PG player is to foster and create pulling opportunities for the team to score points and even for themselves.
He seems to be the coach on the ground to decide how to keep the ball rolling from one teammate to another, taking the lead role in controlling the game’s rhythm and speed, creating the room for his team to score.
A PG player must have the skills to dribble the ball at a breakneck pace, handle the ball in the best possible way at any point in time, and a clear vision about the court.
At times, he must be able to execute effective shots with a quick and elevated jump. He must also create enough space for his teammates to dribble the ball and reap up all the very best from the game’s opportunities.
POINT GUARD leads the team to the victorious destiny rather than focusing on their self scores. So, planning, execution, and decision making based on contingency awareness are the key concerned areas for any player playing as a POINT.
Shooting Guard (SG)
SG is also known as the TWO, or OFF GUARD or the TWO GUARD, whose main objective is to let the team score points by snatching the ball from the opponents.
The players who play for the position TWO should be a world-class passer and a great handler of the ball. They even act as an aided handler of the ball to the POINT GUARD to rank high scoring.
The players serving the SG position must have the talents to score in multiple ways. Their part becomes the most important, especially towards the end of the game when the opponents are playing following the defensive approach.
They must have outstanding offensive skills, and for this, they are even considered the pivotal scoring machine of the team. It is for this reason; they are even barricaded by the opponent team too.
Great SG, at times, also plays the role of a PG, and thus SG has a significant influence on the team. AS per the NBA, at times, SG is also referred to as the `3D’ players, which implies that the SG is a great 3 point shooter and can even play formidable defence. Some players can shift from the SG position to SF position is called a SWINGMAN.
Small Forward (SF)
The players playing in the SMALL FORWARD positions are also known as the THREE, are generally taller and more muscular than the players playing in the GUARD positions.
They are also crucial for scoring points and even act as a rebounder to the players playing at the CENTER or the POWER FORWARD.
This is the most versatile position that demands the player to be an excellent shooter or a great smasher, maybe with an elevated shot or the quality to oppose the opponent teammates with tactics keeping in parity with the game’s flow.
Power Forward (PF)
In basketball position, the POWER FORWARD position is also referred to as position FOUR, who plays a very much role in that of the CENTER position. The player who plays as FOUR has to render out several vital responsibilities.
At times they play as a rebounder, or offensively by facing backward to the basket and at times as a defender against the opponent teammates in man to man format.
They even need to sheer out the CENTER position’s responsibility depending upon the situational basis of the game flow, but due to the lack of height cannot play in the CENTER place throughout.
The CENTER position is called the position of BIG MAN, as this basketball position requires a player who is having the best height and is considered to be the strongest with lots of body mass in the team.
Players playing as the BIG MAN of the team should have enough capabilities to safeguard their basket and ability to score with outstanding efficiency. Today, STRETCH FIVE is an esteemed criterion in the NBA.
A player is considered a STRETCH FIVE if he plays as a CENTER and shoots the ball outside the perimeter of a three-point range.
Hope this post has helped you in developing a detailed understanding about the basketball positions. Now you need to match your attributes with the basketball position’s requirements and choose the best fit one for you.
For example, if you are the tallest and have a good body built in your team then become the BIG MAN. On the other hand, if you’re the smallest player in the team, then practice fast dribbling and secure yourself as the PG.
If you are somewhat taller than the GUARDS, then go for SF. If you have all the attributes matching to become the BIG MAN except the height, then assign yourself for PF’s position. Enjoy basketball, stay fit!!