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What Makes Up A Basketballs Offensive Team?

Aug 17, 2007
In the game of basketball, there are five players allowed on the court from each team at one time. When the team has the ball it is called Offense. What makes up an offensive team? And what are roles of each of these offensive players?

The positions have a title and a number.
Point guard is number one.
Shooting guard is number two.
Forward guard is number three.
Power guard is number four.
Center is number five.

Now lets walk through each of these positions.

The Point Guard (number one) in basketball is like what a quarterback is to a football team. The point guard needs to know the game of basketball thoroughly. They are the player who will direct the offense on court. The point guard will be able to handle the ball, dribble with either hands with their head up and be a good passer.

The Shooting Guard (number two) is typically the teams best outside shooter. Preferably from behind the three point line. This player is also a good ball handler with good judgment, knowing when to shoot and not shoot. Normally, but no always, the shooting guard will bring the ball in.

The Small Forward Guard (number three), dont let the name fool you, this player can be any size. They too should be a good ball handler. Their strengths are that they are quick on their feet and can move the ball away from the defense more efficiently. Also they should have the ability to drive to the basket and make quick jump shots.

The Power Forward (number four) player will be your best inside shooter. Not only will they shoot well from underneath and on rebounds, they will be able to shoot well from the corner and high post area. This player will be strong and a very aggressive rebounder.

The Center (number five) is typically the tallest person on the team. They are a good rebounder for both offense and defense. The Center should know how to play with their back to the basket. They will also have strong, aggressive moves on offense.

Understanding what skills are needed for each of these five offensive positions will help any player who wants to become the best basketball player they can be. Good luck and remember learn the game, play the game, and have fun doing it!

What makes up a Basketballs Offensive Team?

In the game of basketball, there are five players allowed on the court from each team at one time. When the team has the ball it is called Offense. What makes up an offensive team? And what are roles of each of these offensive players?

The positions have a title and a number.
Point guard is number 1
Shooting guard is number 2
Forward guard is number 3
Power guard is number 4
Center is number 5.

Now lets walk through each of these positions.

The Point Guard (number 1) in basketball is like what a quarterback is to a football team. The point guard needs to know the game of basketball thoroughly. They are the player who will direct the offense on court. The point guard will be able to handle the ball, dribble with either hands with their head up and be a good passer.

The Shooting Guard (number 2) is typically the teams best outside shooter. Preferably from behind the three point line. This player is also a good ball handler with good judgment, knowing when to shoot and not shoot. Normally, but no always, the shooting guard will bring the ball in.

The Small Forward Guard (number 3), dont let the name fool you, this player can be any size. They too should be a good ball handler. Their strengths are that they are quick on their feet and can move the ball away from the defense more efficiently. Also they should have the ability to drive to the basket and make quick jump shots.

The Power Forward (number 4) player will be your best inside shooter. Not only will they shoot well from underneath and on rebounds, they will be able to shoot well from the corner and high post area. This player will be strong and a very aggressive rebounder.

The Center (number 5) is typically the tallest person on the team. They are a good rebounder for both offense and defense. The Center should know how to play with their back to the basket. They will also have strong, aggressive moves on offense.

Understanding what skills are needed for each of these five offensive positions will help any player who wants to become the best basketball player they can be. Good luck and remember learn the game, play the game, and have fun doing it!
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Kathy is a coach of 23 years for elementary basketball. She is a creator of programs for anybody who wants to learn about the game of basketball. Starting out or have a passion for the game? Visit her site at http://www.ges110.com/courtsidekids.html
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