Positions on the Basketball Court

Breaking Down the Positions on the Basketball Court

Although the positions on the basketball court are becoming more dynamic, with the rise of “small-ball” tactics, the traditional five positions still remain. These positions are Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Small Forward, Power Forward, and Center. Today in the Rocky Mount Event Center blog, we’ll break down these positions and highlight some famous players you might know who play each one.

Point Guard

The point guard sets up the offense on the basketball court. They need to get a good read on the defense and make play calls on the fly. Their primary skills should be ball handling and passing. Ideally, they can also shoot the long ball.

Some famous point guards include Kyrie Irving, Magic Johnson, and Chris Paul.

Shooting Guard

The shooting guard’s primary role is right in their name. This player needs to be a highly accurate shooter who can create space to get an open shot. This player should be the team’s biggest offensive threat and hard to guard no matter where they are on the basketball court.

Some famous shooting guards include Michael Jordan, James Harden, and Kobe Bryant.

Small Forward

The small forward needs to be a sort of jack-of-all-trades on the basketball court. They should be able to make big plays both offensively and defensively. Versatility is essential. They should be quick but also strong to make plays both on the outside and in the paint.

Some famous small forwards include Lebron James and Kevin Durant.

Power Forward

The power forward is typically the second biggest player on the basketball court. They can post up and score in the paint, but they can also make the midrange jumper. A power forward will also shoulder a lot of the rebounding responsibilities.

Some famous power forwards include Tim Duncan and Karl Malone.


Typically the biggest and tallest person on the basketball court, the center will mostly be making plays in the post. They need to be strong, dominant, and able to rebound and score down low.

Some famous centers include Shaquille O’Neal and Wilt Chamberlain.

Use the Basketball Courts at Rocky Mount Event Center

If you’re looking for a place to hold your basketball tournaments, Rocky Mount Event Center will be able to provide the space and amenities you need. We have 8 basketball courts equipped to accommodate players and spectators alike. We can’t wait to open in Fall 2018, so contact us today to ask about holding your tournament with us in the future.