How to Become A Basketball Player

Written by Madelyn Lendy

Introduction

Hello my name is Madelyn Lendy. My dream is to become a professional basketball player. I wrote this article to tell people how they can accomplish this goal. I hope this article helps a lot! Let's get started!

Day to Day life of a Basketball player

A basketball player's life is not easy. You have to stay fit and in good shape. When you accomplish something it gives you the good feeling of hard work! Start your shooting, defensive, and team-playing skills now and you could be a amazing basketball player. Practice, practice, practice. Eat, sleep, dream, and breathe the game. Once it's flowing in your veins, you just may be ready to play with best players the world has to offer.You will be practicing about all week even on weekends. You will be working out a lot. You have to start eating healthy food, drinks, and have a good diet and exercise.

Learn the positions on the court.


Most modern teams use a Point guard, two Wings, and two Post players, or use no specific positions at all. In order to make sense of the changes in the positional rules, five separate positions are now described as: Point guard , Shooting guard , Small forward, Power forward (Or post),and Center



The labels on the picture that has a 4 and the 5 are positions called forwards or Post/Forwards. The 1 is the Point guard that brings down the ball, after a basket is made or it is a turnover from the other team. The 3 is a Shooting guard. The 2 can also be a Guard or a Shooting guard but it depends on what the coach wants to do.

Setting screens

If you are a Post/Forward one of the main things you will do is set screens. A screen is basically a blocking move by an offensive/Offense player, by standing beside or behind a defender, to free a teammate to shoot, receive a pass, or drive in to score. In Basketball, it is also known as a pick.

Number 32 is setting the screen on the defender so his teammate #11 can go for the shot. as you can see he is standing in front of the defender so #11 can get through. If you are setting the screen you have to plant your feet and stay still. If you shove or fall into the defender it is a foul and you don't want your team to get fouls! Also In some plays guards will also be setting screens to.

How to get there

It is required to go to college to get into the NBA unless you're from outside the United States. The NBA drafts players from college. Try to maintain good shooting in high school and college - at least 60% average from 2-point shots, 40% from 3-point line and 75% from free throw line. Only 0.03% of high school players make it to the NBA! The odds of becoming a NBA basketball player is super low. According to Cedric Henderson of the Memphis grizzlies; he would spend at least 5 hours a day on the court practicing. He did not have to do it all at once, but he would spread out the hours, in between breaks. He would make around 700 shots a day. You absolutely have to have good grades in High School and College. It is important that you start practice right away. It is good to start programs for basketball in elementary school. It is a good start if you play on a Jr High team.

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Professionals in the Field

Stephen Curry is one of the best basketball players in the NBA. He holds the record for the 3 point shootout champion,NBA Most Valuable Player (2015), 2× NBA All-Star (20142015), All-NBA First Team (2015), All-NBA Second Team (2014). He is a Shooting guard for the NBA team Golden state warriors.

Conclusion

It takes a lot of hard work to be a basketball player. If you work hard every day and you truly want to be a professional basketball player you will. Keep your grades up. And get involved in the sport as soon as possible. Master the basics and work hard! Good luck!


Key words and the definition


Screens-A screen is a blocking move by an offensive player, by standing beside or behind a defender, to free a teammate to shoot, receive a pass, or drive in to score. In basketball, it is also known as a pick.


Offense-The ball is moved down the court toward the basket by passing or dribbling. The team with the ball is called the offense. The team without the ball is called the defense.
Defender- The team without the ball that is trying to steal it from the Offence.


Center

The center is generally the tallest player who is positioned near the basket as he must be able to get up as high as possible for rebounds. He is also required to be more physically domineering with more physical strength and overall athleticism.

Offensive -- The center's goal is to get open for a pass and to shoot. They are required to block defenders, and to open other players up for driving to the basket for a goal. Centers are expected to get some offensive rebounds and put-backs.

The center should be good at making quick jump shots, hook shots, and using the backboard on his shots.

Defensive -- On defense, the center's main responsibility is to keep opponents from shooting by blocking shots and passes in the key area. They also are expected to get more rebounds because they're taller.


Power forward

The power forwards are usually the next tallest players in the team, who are closest to the center in physical attributes and playing style, but with more speed. A forward may play under the hoop or are expected to operate in the wings and corner areas.

They must be strong and comfortable with a lot of physical play and must be an effective rebounder and effective inside shooter like the center. The power forward is also expected to shoot from further distances than the center.


Small forward

The small forward is usually the shorter of the two forwards on the team. However, the small forward must have enough height and ability to play inside, and on top of that, play like the centers and power forwards, but also be able to guard.

Small forwards are also the second or third best shooters from distance of the five positions as they also play defensive roles.


Shooting guard

The shooting guard is potentially the shortest player in the team. However, he has to be good at dribbling fast, passing and having court vision by seeing the court. He is responsible for bringing the ball down the court and setting up offensive plays.

The shooting guard is also the player who takes the most shots. He needs to be an accurate shooter from three-point range.

The shooting guard is potentially the shortest player in the team. However, he has to be good at dribbling fast, passing and having court vision by seeing the court. He is responsible for bringing the ball down the court and setting up offensive plays. In terms of height, shooting guards are taller than point guards.


Point guard

The point guard needs to be the best ball handler, dribbler and passer as he handles the ball the most out of all the players on the team. He needs to bring the ball down the court and initiate offensive plays.

Point guards can also be the shortest player on the team as they use their intelligence and court vision to coordinate all his teammates on offense.

Point guards need to have a good long distance shooting, though it's not quite as crucial as for shooting guards. However, some point guards take as many shots as shooting guards.


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