Each player has a unique role to fulfill on the court in both offensive and defensive situations.
Meet The Center (C)
Also known as the pivot player, the center is the tallest player on the team. He/She is the player that takes jump balls at the center circle to put the ball into play. You can also find him/her near the low post making aggressive plays such as dunking the ball or getting rebounds. The center is known as player 5 when referring to play diagrams.
Goals And Job
There are few important statistics that define how good a center is:
We'll learn more about basketball statistics in future tutorials.
Top NBA Centers Of All Time
Here are some of the best centers to ever play the game of basketball that you should know:
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Wilt Chamberlain
- Bill Russell
- Shaquille O'Neal
PRO TIP: You may notice that some basketball players are listed under multiple positions. Like we mentioned before, the player positions are slightly archaic and the roles on the court often overlap. It is not uncommon for a player to be good at multiple positions. The term swingman refers to a player who can play both the small forward and power forward positions.
2017-18 NBA Centers
Here are some centers in the NBA that you should know:
- Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
- Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
- LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs