Basketball Player Positions

In this chapter, we will learn about the player positions on a basketball team and their roles on the court.

The Player Positions

We've already learned that basketball is a 5-on-5 game. As a result, each team has five (5) players at all times on the court. Each of these players has a unique role and responsibility during a game.

Basketball Team

Don't be intimidated by this picture. We'll walk you through every piece of it step by step in this chapter.

IMPORTANT: It is difficult for us to explain the roles of each player position in basketball. Why? There is no clear role or definition for each player position because every player does a little bit of everything. That's why many people agree that the traditional player positions are slightly archaic in modern basketball. With that said, we will do our best to explain each player position in this chapter.

What We'll Be Learning

In this chapter, we will learn about the five (5) basic player positions of a basketball team.

Note that when referring to the player positions in basketball we may use the following number scheme:

Glossary Terms

At any point, you can go to our basketball glossary and look up any of the terms discussed in these chapters. Here are all the terms we will be covering related to the basketball player positions

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