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How to: Pick Your Position


NBA

Where do you fit in?


Although the game of basketball is trending towards a position-less future, with 6-foot-10 point forwards, 7-footers playing a ‘stretch four’ role beyond the arc and guards who live above the rim, the traditional roles of the game are still ideal for a beginner.


In organized basketball, your coach will usually assign you a position based on your frame, skill set and team needs, and understanding your role will help you to improve your game and earn playing time. Beyond your assigned position, it is also useful to think about what you enjoy in basketball. After all, the motivation to continually get better takes root in true passion and joy for the game.


Guard: There are two types of guards in basketball, the point guard and the shooting guard. The point guard is typically a smaller, faster player who is in charge of directing the offense and setting his or her teammates up for shots, while the shooting guard is often the focal point of a team’s scoring, be it through outside shots or drives to the basket.


Forward: The forwards are the ‘in-betweens’ of basketball, playing a more varied role. The small forward tends to do a little bit of everything, with the ability to play on the perimeter and in the paint depending on the circumstances. The power forward is the bruiser of the squad, helping to set tough picks, snag rebounds and provide some post play.


Center: The tallest player on a team is frequently assigned this role, which is closest to the basket. The center thus acts as a high-percentage scorer in the paint as well as the rim protector, often directing the defense just like how the point guard directs the offense.