10+ Basketball Terms

Basketball is a fast-paced sport that requires agility and skill. It is played with two teams of five players on an indoor court, or outside in the winter. If you are new to basketball, it is important to know some common terms so you can understand what’s going on! In this blog post, we will go over 12key basketball terms that every aspiring player should know before they start playing.

  • Field Goal: A field goal is when a player scores two points by shooting the basketball through the basket from within or close to that particular team’s three-point line.
  • Frontcourt/Backcourt: These terms refer to which side of the court players are on during play. Frontcourts include positions in front (near) the net behind them, such as the post, guard and forward. Backcourts include positions in front of the net (near) them, such as the point guard or shooting-guard.
  • Fast Break: A fast break is when a team scores after getting an offensive rebound or steals from their opponent’s court while they are on defense without allowing their opponents to get back on offense.
  • Turnover: A turnover occurs when one player turns over the basketball, meaning that it has been given away to another team who then takes possession of the ball.
  • Double/Double Double/Triple Double/Quadruple Double: These terms refer to how many times a single player makes a shot at hoop during play using both hands consecutively with no other players touching the ball. A double is when the player shoots one handed and scores two points. A triple-double is allowed for a player to shoot with both hands and score two points or three points by shooting from behind the arc.
  • Post-up: When a basketball team’s offense has possession of the ball, they must get out on court before taking their next play in order to go inside (the paint) where there are more opportunities to score as long as they don’t have another opposing blocker blocking them.
  • Pick And Roll: This term refers to an offensive strategy that involves having one teammate set up near the basket while another dribbles towards them so they can pass it back over half way through their dribble. The second teammate then runs around from the baseline in order to receive a pass from their teammate who is now on the opposite side of that particular defender.
  • 3-and-D Player: A three-and-D player is someone who can shoot the ball well from long distance (three) and they are also able to defend their opponents.
  • Paint: The paint refers to the area of the court close to the net that all players must stay in during a game, with an exception being on free throws or when a tie up occurs for rebounds. It’s important for basketball players not only know where this area is but what it means as it will be outlined in more detail later on in this blog post!
  • Buzzer Beater: Buzzer beaters refer to shots taken at just seconds before time expires.
  • Sixth Man: A sixth man refers to any substitute player off of his team bench who enters play during a game when his team needs it.
  • Hack-A-Shaq: This term refers to intentionally fouling an opposing player who is poor at shooting free throws, so as to cause them to miss their next shots from the foul line.

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