Few positions on the basketball court are as pivotal to a basketball team as the post player. A player at any position can have impact, but no other position can change the game like a post player. Many of the rules we play by today are the result of post play. The foul lane was widened from 6 feet to 12 feet due to the play of Bill Russell.
A post player in basketball is a nickname for a player on the team that likes to post up. A post up is when an offensive player puts their back to the basket and tries to use their positioning and strength to score. They attempt to back their way through the defender.
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The post position is a key position in any basketball offense. Domination of the paint is critical to controlling rebounds, put backs, and loosening up pressure on a guards and forwards. The post position is defined as the location within the paint area close to the rim. Post players are usually larger than outside players and by necessity more physically aggressive.
The diagram above shows the player positions on offense. Traditional starting spots are with the point guard at the top of the key, the shooting guard and small forward on the wings, and the power forward on center in the post area. However, any position can be anywhere on the court at a given point during a play.
Traditionally, basketball has 5 specific positions on the court. Two guards, two forwards, and a center. 1. Point guard 2. Shooting guard 3. Small forward 4. Power forward 5. Center. Each of these basketball positions has their own roles and responsibilities.
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The point guard and shooting guard positions are explained in greater detail on another page. Click on their links to find out more. #1 Player - Point Guard (PG) #2 Player - Shooting Guard (SG, Off-Guard, Wing) #3 Player - Small Forward (SF, Wing) #4 Player - Power Forward (PF, Post) #5 Player - Center (C, Post) Find each of the players positions on the basketball court diagram to the right.
A basketball team can have a lot of players, but only five can play in a game at any one time. Players in a basketball game have assigned basketball positions: center, power forward, small forward,...
With time, the game, its rules, playing style, equipment and even player positions have evolved. The player roles have become more defined and are now divided into three categories: Guards, Forwards, and Center. The guards are positioned in the back of the court, while the forwards occupy the front court.