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Basketball Positions




Basketball Positions On Court

A general illustration of where a player in each position plays on offense on a basketball court.

Official Positions

1. Point Guard (PG): A point guard is usually the shortest person on the team, and his/her primary responsibility is to distribute (pass) the ball to set up teammates for a score. A point guard is often referred to as one. Top point guards today include Chris Paul, Tony Parker, and Russell Westbrook.

2. Shooting Guard (SG): A shooting guard is usually shorter than the forwards and the center, and his/her primary responsibility is to score. A shooting guard is often referred two as two or off guard. Top shooting guards today include Kobe Bryant, James Harden, and Manu Ginobili.

3. Small Forward (SF): A small forward is usually shorter than the center and the power forward and is taller than a guard, and his/her primary responsibility is to score points, while also bearing secondary rebounding responsibilities. A small forward is often referred to as three. Top small forwards today include Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony.

4. Power Forward (PF): A power forward is usually taller than all other players with the exception of the center. A point forward's primary responsibility is to score from close to medium range, as well as to rebound. A power forward is often referred to as four. Top power forwards today include Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge.

5. Center (C): A center is usually the tallest player on the team, and is responsible for using his or her size to score and to defend. A center is often referred to as five. Top centers today include Marc Gasol, Al Horford, and Dwight Howard.

Unofficial Positions

Point Forward: An unofficial position in basketball. A point forward is a forward whose primary responsibility is to pass the ball to teammates.

Swingman: A player who can play either the shooting guard position or the small forward position.

Combo Guard: A player who can either play the point guard position or the shooting guard position.