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Basketball Positions


Posted by Dmitriy P.

1. point guard: usually the fastest player on the team, organizes the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time 2. shooting guard: creates a high volume of shots on offense; guards the opponent's best perimeter player on defense 3. small forward: often primarily responsible for scoring points via cuts to the basket and dribble penetration; on defense seeks rebounds and steals, but sometimes plays more actively 4. power forward: plays offensively often with his back to the basket; on defense, plays under the basket (in a zone defense) or against the opposing power forward (in man-to-man defense) 5. center: uses size to score (on offense), to protect the basket closely (on defense), or to rebound.
 
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In evolving basketball the positions have less meaning. The 6'8 strong point guard that posts up. Or the small fast center that can shoot well, but out hussles all the big guy's. The game is changing, just watch the phoenix suns and the golden state warriors. No more does the different positions have a definate meaning, but instead they are all being put together into one big position. Motion offense is getting more popular and set plays are becoming extinct. Soon the center will bring the ball up the court or the point guard will post up the whole game.
In evolving basketball the positions have less meaning. The 6'8 strong point guard that posts up. Or the small fast center that can shoot well, but out hussles all the big guy's. The game is changing, just watch the phoenix suns and the golden state warriors. No more does the different positions have a definate meaning, but instead they are all being put together into one big position. Motion offense is getting more popular and set plays are becoming extinct. Soon the center will bring the ball up the court or the point guard will post up the whole game.

There are a variety of differing systems employed by coaches. Some of those systems involve numbering the players in a 1,2,3 fashion, That sort of style has the benefit of very defined roles though it can also be slightly limiting, especially with hybrid or swing players - those who can play at several positions.

The other method frequently employed is one where there are perimeter and post players. There are rules and parameters for each group but this allows players to be slightly more interchangeable.

Roles in team play DO need to be defined. The question is, how much?

Back in 1989, 90, and 91 my Coors Light Basketball team won 3 championships in a row in the York Summer Basketball League held at the Voni Grimes Gym...Over 4 years with Coors Light our record was 117-11....

Awesome I must say.....We had players that were awesome because they could play any position....they were that good! Our tallest player was Brian Dean about 6'5''......Brian could play center, shooting guard, point guard, power forward, small forward, et al......Amazing dude and player! Played for Penn state for awhile....

We played against Mugsy Bogues and Sam Cassell currently of the Champion Boston Celtics...we beat them down in Baltimore at Lake Clifton High School......

Mugsy and Sam were awesome! We were more!

To the gang...hope you're all doing well...

Brian Dean, Brian Smoot, Steve Orr, Bryan White, Kurk Lee, Ken Thomas,

Carlos Thomas, Lee, Jeff,Derrick, Kahsan Jenkins, Ernest Brabham, and anyone else that played with us but I haven't mentioned....

Your coach..miss ya!

No one has ever repeated what we achieved ....a three peat!

Tony Beach

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