What are the Different Positions in Basketball

During a game, there are 5 basketball players on the court for each team at any one time. While younger teams and those just starting off might not have any specific role for each player, more competitive teams have different positions for the 5 active players. This effects what jobs they perform on the court and where they stand on both offense and defence.

Here is a rundown of the 5 different positions for basketball teams.

1-Point Guard

The point guard is considered the on-court leader of the team, as he or she usually controls the offense. This includes dribbling the ball up the court and starting the plays with the first pass. They need to have good ball handing skills and good court awareness.

Normally, the point guard is one of the smallest players on the team, however in recent times we see taller players like Lebron James 6’10 playing the point guard position.

2-Shooting Guard

The shooting guard is normally the second smallest position on the court. The player in this position can also help to bring the ball up the court so they need good dribbling skills as well. They are normally good shooters from long distance, so do a lot of moving off the ball to get open for jump shots. Some of the best shooting guards in recent times include Klay Thompson, Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant.

3-Small forward

Generally, the player at this position is the most versatile on the team. They are usually medium height and do everything from passing, rebounding, scoring, and dribbling. A lot of their time is spent on the wings. Notable players in the small forward position include Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant.

 4-Power forward

One of the strongest players on the team. The power forward spends a lot of time inside the key, and focuses on inside scoring and defence, as well as rebounding. They will also set screens to free up other players. Some of the best ever power forwards who dominated their position include Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan.

5-Centre

The centre is generally the tallest player on the court and will live inside the key. They will focus on interior defence and rebounding as well as scoring close to the basket. Blocking shots, setting screens, post moves and tip ins are usually their main strengths. The 1990’s were loaded with quality centres including David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon.

In modern basketball, we have seen a lot of professional teams move away from the 5 defined positions. A lot of the time we see “small ball” where a team takes to the court without a true centre. More and more we are seeing utility players, including big players who can dribble, pass, and shoot three pointers. Nikola Jokic from the Denver Nuggets and Joel Embiid from Philadelphia are two of many in the NBA right now.

But at the junior level, it is important to still have 5 defined positions on the court, as it teaches players to learn a specific role, and helps them focus on what they need to do to contribute to the team success.

To develop your skills, check out our private training services and get involved Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball today.

Three Key Elements in Basketball Training for Kids
Basketball classes are becoming more and more popular. This sport has been embraced by adults and…
The Benefits of 1 on 1 Private Basketball Training and Coaching Melbourne Parents Should Know
If your child has started to show an interest or aptitude for sport, you may have considered trai…
What are the Different Positions in Basketball
During a game, there are 5 basketball players on the court for each team at any one time. While …
Basketball fundamentals that beginner…
If you are just starting out in basketball, the best way to improve and develop your skills to t…
Magic Johnson turned down the deal of…
With a reported net worth of $500 million, one could argue Magic Johnson doesn’t have any regrets…
Magic Johnson turned down t…
With a reported net worth of $500 million, one could argue Magic Johnson doesn’t have any regrets…

JOIN THE TEAM

Subscribe today and be first to receive updates on our programs, offers and specials. 

Join The Team

Subscribe today and be first to receive updates on our programs, offers and specials. 

Follow us on Facebook @tomorrowsstarsbasketball

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
GET YOUR BAGS PACKED! YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US ON OUR NEXT TOUR🇦🇺🏀🇺🇸 
We can’t wait to share this once in a lifetime experience with basketballers from all over Australia.
⠀
USA BASKETBALL TOUR 2023

✔️1x boys basketball team. 
✔️1x girls basketball team. 
✔️2x NBA games + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Visit to Lakers training facility + VIP fan experience. 
✔️2x NCAA college games + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Disneyland, California Adventure & Universal Studios. 
✔️ Warner Bros Studio Backlot private tour. 
✔️Jumpman L.A + VIP fan experience
✔️Sofi Stadium, home of L.A Rams + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Hike to the Hollywood Sign. 
✔️Visit Kobe Bryant memorial site. 
✔️Visit to Lakers training facility including VIP fan experience. 
✔️2x NCAA college games including VIP fan experience. 
✔️Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Walk of Fame & Beverly Hills. 
✔️2x Basketball tournaments. 
✔️2x Training sessions at Shoot 360. The most technical advanced basketball training centre in the world. 

And much, much more…

Promotional video, click👇🏼 
https://youtu.be/Gp1IMnHOGes

*ON SALE NOW & PLACES ARE SELLING FAST! 

If you would like to receive further information including an exclusive invite to attend our upcoming tour information night. Please contact us today and we will include you in our plans to join us on this incredible experience. 
⠀
Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball 
1300 872 255 | 1300 TSBALL 
info@tsbasketball.com
www.tsbasketball.com
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
GET YOUR BAGS PACKED! YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US ON OUR NEXT TOUR🇦🇺🏀🇺🇸 
We can’t wait to share this once in a lifetime experience with basketballers from all over Australia.
⠀
USA BASKETBALL TOUR 2023

✔️1x boys basketball team. 
✔️1x girls basketball team. 
✔️2x NBA games + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Visit to Lakers training facility + VIP fan experience. 
✔️2x NCAA college games + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Disneyland, California Adventure & Universal Studios. 
✔️ Warner Bros Studio Backlot private tour. 
✔️Jumpman L.A + VIP fan experience
✔️Sofi Stadium, home of L.A Rams + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Hike to the Hollywood Sign. 
✔️Visit Kobe Bryant memorial site. 
✔️Visit to Lakers training facility including VIP fan experience. 
✔️2x NCAA college games including VIP fan experience. 
✔️Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Walk of Fame & Beverly Hills. 
✔️2x Basketball tournaments. 
✔️2x Training sessions at Shoot 360. The most technical advanced basketball training centre in the world. 

And much, much more…

Promotional video, click👇🏼 
https://youtu.be/Gp1IMnHOGes

*ON SALE NOW & PLACES ARE SELLING FAST! 

If you would like to receive further information including an exclusive invite to attend our upcoming tour information night. Please contact us today and we will include you in our plans to join us on this incredible experience. 
⠀
Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball 
1300 872 255 | 1300 TSBALL 
info@tsbasketball.com
www.tsbasketball.com
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons
GET YOUR BAGS PACKED! YOU’RE INVITED TO JOIN US ON OUR NEXT TOUR🇦🇺🏀🇺🇸 
We can’t wait to share this once in a lifetime experience with basketballers from all over Australia.
⠀
USA BASKETBALL TOUR 2023

✔️1x boys basketball team. 
✔️1x girls basketball team. 
✔️2x NBA games + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Visit to Lakers training facility + VIP fan experience. 
✔️2x NCAA college games + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Disneyland, California Adventure & Universal Studios. 
✔️ Warner Bros Studio Backlot private tour. 
✔️Jumpman L.A + VIP fan experience
✔️Sofi Stadium, home of L.A Rams + VIP fan experience. 
✔️Hike to the Hollywood Sign. 
✔️Visit Kobe Bryant memorial site. 
✔️Visit to Lakers training facility including VIP fan experience. 
✔️2x NCAA college games including VIP fan experience. 
✔️Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Walk of Fame & Beverly Hills. 
✔️2x Basketball tournaments. 
✔️2x Training sessions at Shoot 360. The most technical advanced basketball training centre in the world. 

And much, much more…

Promotional video, click👇🏼 
https://youtu.be/Gp1IMnHOGes

*ON SALE NOW & PLACES ARE SELLING FAST! 

If you would like to receive further information including an exclusive invite to attend our upcoming tour information night. Please contact us today and we will include you in our plans to join us on this incredible experience. 
⠀
Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball 
1300 872 255 | 1300 TSBALL 
info@tsbasketball.com
www.tsbasketball.com

We partner with industry leaders: