Basketball Position Significance

Essay by RyankirklandCollege, UndergraduateA+, May 2004

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Basketball teams may have up to twenty some-odd players on a single team. Only five are allowed on the court during time of play. Each position is structured differently, although, they can be similar in some ways, depending on a team's strategy. The five positions on a basketball team play an important, integral part; yet there are specific duties assigned to each player in their position.

The two players on the court that are the smallest, (shortest), are the point guard and the shooting guard. These two players are the skillful, outside shooters. The point guard is the coordinater or is the one in control of the ball and offense. The point guard is in control of the offense and the ball, at all times. The point guard is usually the best ball handler on the team and is also the most coordinated. Point guards always bring the basketall up the court for security of the ball.

The point runs the offense and is always looking to assist a man down low, or a man closer to the basket if you will. Point guards usually set up the power forward or center for a quick, close, easy field goal. In today's day and age, teams will mix up this process a bit to confuse the defense. In most instances, a point guard's shot percentage is more accurate than a shooting guard's shot percentage. This somewhat contradicts the technical name of the two positions. However, the shooting guard still shoots the basketball very well in all cases. The shooting guard usually has a higher shot percentage than a point guard from in and outside the (three-point line) ark. This fact is caused by the point guard constantly penetrating to the basket to distract defensive players from the shooting guard. This action...