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Basketball Players' Positions

By The Real Buzz, 08/30/18, 12:00PM CDT


In defense, the center will take on shot blocking and rebound duties. They are often called the ‘big man’ or ‘post player.’

Each basketball team has a squad of 10 players to choose from, with a maximum of five allowed on the court at any one time. There are five main basketball positions on the court, with each player responsible for both trying to score and preventing the opposition from scoring. But each player will be better at a particular skill whether it be shooting, playmaking or defending.

The main basketball positions are as follows:

  • Point guard
  • Shooting guard
  • Small forward
  • Center
  • Power forward
  • Substitutes