There are various different areas on a basketball court, and it's important to know what each area is used for and what it includes. In this lesson, you're going to learn about the perimeter, where it is on the court, and how it can be utilized by different players in games.
In basketball, the perimeter is the area inside the three point line that's not inside the paint. The area is also referred to as the mid-range, and the perimeter shots can be called mid-range shots. For example, a long two pointer, where the player steps on the three point line and is not fully behind it, is a perimeter shot. The perimeter is an important section of the basketball court, especially on offense; players must move around in the perimeter and look to attack the basket from this area.
Perimeter players are players who use the perimeter area to score, either by shooting from there, or attacking the basket starting in the area. Perimeter players are usually shooting guards or small forwards who can shoot open shots and drive to the basket well. These players are typically the most versatile, as they can shoot from long distances or short distances.
The term perimeter defense can be used referring to a whole team or an individual player. It is a defense that does not allow opponents to score from the perimeter area. Preventing perimeter players from making shots in this area can seriously decrease an opposing team's offensive efficiency and forces them to take 3-point shots or shots from inside the paint.
Perimeter shooting in basketball is a shot taken from the perimeter area; these shots are also called mid-range shots. Perimeter shooting is incredibly important for versatile players to master, as it allows them to take shots from all over the court. A player that excels in perimeter shooting will always be a go-to player in close games.