Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the United States, and that popularity continues to increase with the NBA (National Basketball Association) gaining more fans and viewers every year. If you’re not familiar with the game, the information below should help you, whether you want to play or watch.
Each team has five players. The objective of the game is for your team to score more points than the opposing team. Most baskets are worth two points, but not always. If you shoot a ball inside the three-point line and make a basket, it’s worth two points for your team. If you shoot a ball beyond the three-point line, the basket is worth three points.
In the NBA, the three-point line is 23.75 feet from the basket at the top of the key and 22 feet from the basket at the corners. Despite the distance being further from the top of the key, most players (of all ages) find the shot at the top of the key to be easier than shooting from the corners. This relates to having a better view of the basket and the possibility of the ball bouncing off the backboard and going into the basket (whether intended or not).
In college for both men and women, the three-point line is 20 feet from the basket. In high school, the three-point line is 19.75 feet from the basket. The college three-point was also 19.75 feet from the basket prior to 2007.
Another way to score is a foul shot, which is worth one point. If you get fouled on your way to the basket (someone hits your arm, bumps into you, etc.), you get two shots at the foul line. These shots are also referred to as free-throws because no one can guard you. In the NBA and college, the foul line is 15 feet from the basket. Foul shots are important because it’s a good way for a team to accumulate points. If a basketball team has good free-throw shooters, they are more likely to stay in a close game. If two teams are equally talented outside of free-throws, the team with the edge at the free-throw line will usually win.
Basketball coaches always teach the triple threat, which refers to pass, dribble, or shoot. This means that the person with possession of the ball always has three options: pass, dribble, or shoot. The one thing coaches hate is when a basketball player stands in one spot, which allows the defense to trap that player and could lead to a turnover. Coaches also don’t like when a player dribbles around by himself too much, which can lead to steals, and often leads to poor team player and a team unit falling out of rhythm.
A basketball player needs to touch the ball to feel in rhythm with the game. He or she doesn’t necessarily need to shoot the ball. If this isn’t happening, some players can take matters into their own hands with steals and rebounds. Both are important, but rebounds are a major factor because defensive rebounds prevent the other team from getting second-shot opportunities and offensive rebounds give a team more shot opportunities, which often leads to more scoring.
As far as time goes, the length of an NBA game is 48 minutes, which is divided into four quarters and one halftime after the first two quarters. NBA games are known for incredible swings in scoring, meaning that one team can come back from a large deficit in the second half. Momentum plays a tremendous role. This is also why some people say you only need to watch the fourth quarter of an NBA game. This isn’t true because you might miss some of the best athletes in the world make amazing plays in the first three quarters. College basketball games are a total of 40 minutes with two halves. High school basketball games are a total of 32 minutes, which are broken down into eight-minute quarters.
Basketball is one of the easiest games to learn because it’s free. You can find a basketball hoop in almost any city or town and begin shooting. It’s also not expensive to buy your own hoop.