This blog is written for people who love sports, but don’t know how to talk about basketball. If you’re a big fan of the NBA, this blog will help you get familiar with the common terms used to talk about the game. We’ll cover all things from positions, to rules and even slang in the sport.
So let’s begin with our first term!
Point Guard – A guard is a player that has good ball handling skills and could play at either point guard or shooting guard. A point guard is a player who can handle and pass the ball very well. They are usually one of the best ball handlers on the team and need great court vision. Point guards usually look to set up their teammates so they can score. Although they may not be the best shooter, point guards do need to have good enough shooting skills so that they can keep defenses honest. Point guards are often the leader of a team on and off the court and need to be great leaders.
Shooting Guard – A guard is a player that has good ball handling skills and could play at either point guard or shooting guard. A shooting guard is usually one of the best shooters on the team and usually shoots from behind the three-point line. Shooting guards must be able to create their
The NBA is unlike any other sport in the world. The players are as animated off the court as they are on it and their personalities and differences bring a lot to the table. The game itself is full of intricacies and nuances that can be hard to follow, but that’s what makes it so great. To understand the game better, here is an introduction to some of the most important terms used to talk about the sport.
A possession in basketball starts when one team gains possession of the ball and ends when they lose it. At any moment only one team has possession of the ball. Possessions are important because you can win by outscoring your opponent or by getting stops. In fact, teams that score more points than their opponents during a game win about 97% of all NBA games (last season). This means that possessions are vital for winning basketball games, which leads us to perhaps the most important concept in basketball analytics: efficient scoring.
Efficiency is defined as how many points you score per 100 possessions, or points per 100 possessions (PPP). An efficient offense will score more than 100 PPP in a game while an efficient defense will allow less than 100 PPP in a game.
The NBA is among the most popular and exciting sports in the country. But it can be difficult to follow at times, especially for new fans.
This blog will help you learn how to talk basketball and understand the conversations you hear on TV, at the arena and around the water cooler. It’s broken down into two sections: a glossary of terms and a list of FAQs.
We’ll keep this guide handy whenever we write about the NBA so you’ll always have it when you need it. And if there’s ever anything we miss, just let us know in the comments section below!
As an NBA fan, I’ve spent the last several years learning all the terms and jargon used to describe the game. I wanted to create a blog that would help others learn this language too.
The NBA is the most popular basketball league in America. It was founded in 1946 in New York City as the Basketball Association of America, and it merged with the National Basketball League in 1949. Since that time, the NBA has grown to become a global brand which has had a major impact on popular culture. The game itself has been hugely influential: for example, slam dunks were banned from college basketball until 1976 because people thought they were too showy. The NBA has also spawned many slang terms which are used by players and fans alike.
The terms you’ll find below are some of the most common buzzwords used to describe the sport of basketball. A lot of these words have found their way into daily conversation, so whether you’re an avid fan or just watching a game with friends, you’ll be sure to pick up on some of these tips.
The National Basketball Association, the world’s premiere basketball league. The NBA is composed of 30 teams: 29 in the United States and one in Canada.
Most NBA players are American, but many international players have made their mark on the league as well. Some of the most popular current international players include: Dirk Nowitzki of Germany, Yao Ming of China, Steve Nash of Canada and Manu Ginobili of Argentina.
The NBA plays its regular season from October to April; the top eight teams in each conference advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates with the NBA Finals in June.
Anything related to or characteristic of the NBA. Example: “That was an NBA pass.”
A player in the NBA; a professional basketball player who is paid by an NBA team. Examples: “He’s an NBAer now,” or “He’s a rookie NBAer.”
Welcome to the game of basketball!
Basketball is a team sport. Two teams of five players each try to score by shooting a ball through a hoop elevated 10 feet above the ground. The game is played on a rectangular floor called the court, and there are two baskets at each end.
The court is split into two main sections by the mid-court line. If the offensive team puts the ball into play behind the mid-court line, it has ten seconds to get the ball over the mid-court line. Taking more than ten seconds without dribbling the ball is traveling and results in a turnover. The team on defense tries to steal the ball, contest shots, steal and deflect passes, and garner rebounds.
NBA teams usually place five players on the court at one time: one center, two forwards, and two guards. The center is normally the tallest player on each team, and often has a great deal of strength and body mass as well (NBA centers are usually between 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) and 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m), although some are as short as 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), while others may be taller than 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)). Generally, centers