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Basketball Formations

What is a formation in basketball? What the types of defensive formations and offensive formations teams can use on the court? Here's a summary and list of all basketball formations.

Team Formations

A formation in basketball describes the way players on a basketball team position themselves on the court. There are many types of formations that the offense and defense can use.

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Picking A Formation In Basketball

Follow these steps when picking what formation your team should run.

  1. Decide if the formation is for when your team is on offense or defense.
  2. Know what formation your opponent plays. If you have game footage you can study ahead of time. If not, you can always change your formation during the game.
  3. What is your team good at? If you have a great post player, you may want to run a transition offense. Do you have good shooters, then maybe a motion offense is for you.
  4. Design set plays, so your team can rely on pre-planned plays in a clutch.
  5. Have your team practice the formation and run drills.

Formation Types

There are lots of formation types in basketball. All formations stem from a few basic principles.

Offense Formation Types

Here is a list of offensive formations.

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Defense Formation Types

Here is a list of defensive formations.

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Basketball Formation Terms

Here are some terms you should know related to basketball formations.

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