Basketball Playing Positions Explained

Basketball playing positions are usually referred to as numbers 1 through 5.


Here Coach Craig Rowe explains what each number represents as well as the role traditionally expected of the basketball playing positions on a team.

Discussed are the traditional roles of the point guard, shooting guard, small (offensive) forward, power forward and also the centre.

Basketball has evolved over the course of the last few decades as have the skills of players in each position too.

So, today while most athletes are still categorised in a specific basketball playing role, versatility now means the positions an athlete may play are somewhat more blended.

0:00 Introduction
0:45 Basketball Playing Roles
1:21 Point Guard Role in Basketball
3:27 Shooting Guard Role in Basketball
5:27 Small Forward Role in Basketball
6:28 Power Forward Role in Basketball
7:34 Centre Role in Basketball

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