We pinoys love basketball. And with the holidays rolling in and relatives coming by, a good game of ball is one of the many ways we enjoy each other’s company.
If you play basketball (or a big fan of basketball), you’ll know that player positions are important for a good team game; other than that, it makes the game more exciting and fun. So before your next ball game, why not take our quiz to see which position would suit you?
The point guard is often the team’s best passer and ball handler. They’re responsible for pushing the ball to their side of the court and initiate the offense, while keeping ready to retreat for a defensive position. Stationed at the top of the three-point line, point guards are tasked to make quick decisions depending on the situation, like initiating fast-breaks or controlling the game’s pace. Rajon Rondo, Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash are exceptional point guards.
2. Shooting Guard:
Normally the team’s best outside shooter, the Shooting guard is tasked to score heavy points for the team. They’re strong and athletic, and have the ability to get inside the paint and drive to the basket; they’re generally top picks when initiating a pick-and-roll move. Exemplar shooting guards include Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter
Perhaps the most mobile of all the basketball positions, the small forward is the all-purpose player on offense: aggressive and strong; tall enough to mix it up inside but agile enough to handle the ball and shoot well. They must be able to score both from the perimeter and from inside while avoiding the opponent’s defensive players. They also serve as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Draymond Green are great small forwards.
Usually the team’s second rebounder, the power forward is often the center’s wingman when it comes to grabbing second-chance opportunities and defensive rebounds. Because they’re facing up against the opponent’s guards, power forwards have more built than most players; but they’re also athletic enough to move with some quickness around the lane on offense and defense while able to score when given the opportunity on the baseline. Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan, and Dennis Rodman are famous power forwards.
Center: Often called the team’s “big man”, centers are usually the tallest player on the team. Posted up near the free-throw area, the center plays both defense and offense: defensively by grabbing offensive rebounds for second-chance opportunities, and offensively by receiving the ball with his back to the basket and use pivot moves to hit a variety of short jumpers, hook shots, and dunks. Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Bosh are some of the best centers.
Which position did you get?