Charles Linwood Williams is an American retired professional basketball player and former assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. He was well known for trademark goggles. Williams, a 6 ft 8 in forward born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, ranks 15th all-time in NBA career rebounds, his 17-year NBA career was highlighted by three All-Star Game appearances, a Rookie of the Year award, an All-Rookie team selection, an All-NBA second team selection and four selections to the first and second NBA All-Defensive teams. Buck Williams led the Nets in rebounding for most of the 1980s and as of the beginning of 2017, he remains the Nets’ second all-time leader in points, total rebounds, games played, minutes played, rebounds per game, free throws made. Williams attended Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount before going off to play collegiately at the University of Maryland. Williams had immediate success at Maryland, capturing the ACC Rookie of the Year Award in 1979, he led the ACC in rebounding twice, while averaging 15.5 points per game in his sophomore and junior years.
He earned All-ACC honors in 1980 and 1981. National recognition of his performances came when he was selected to the 1980 USA Olympic basketball team, alongside such players as two-time NBA champions Isiah Thomas and Mark Aguirre. In 2002, Williams was one of eight former Maryland players to be named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team. In 2001, he became a member of the University of Maryland's Athletic Hall of Fame. After three years at Maryland, Williams decided to leave for the NBA; the New Jersey Nets selected him third overall in the 1981 NBA draft, behind Olympic teammates Aguirre and Thomas. In his first season with the Nets, he averaged 15.5 points and led the team with 12.3 rebounds per game, helping New Jersey win 20 more games than the previous year and earning 1982 Rookie of the Year honors. Williams established himself as a premier player at the power forward position over the next eight seasons with the Nets. 1983–84 featured the Nets’ first playoff second-round appearance since the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, when they lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Nets failed to subsequently get past the first round until 2002 when Jason Kidd led them to an unsuccessful NBA Finals date.
On June 24, 1989, the Nets traded Williams to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Sam Bowie and a draft pick. In Portland, Williams would continue his solid play and take a complementary frontcourt role to established guard duo Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter; the Blazers’ post-season campaigns ended in the first round four consecutive seasons prior to 1990. In 1990 the Blazers succumbed to the powerhouse Detroit Pistons in five games, while in 1992 they fell to the Chicago Bulls in six. Williams was in the starting lineup for the first six of his seven seasons with the Blazers, he is 5th all-time on the franchise career list for both field goal percentage and total rebounds as of September 2018. In the twilight of his career, after the 1995–96 season, Williams moved back to the Atlantic Division, signing with the New York Knicks, where he played in a much more limited capacity, behind the frontcourt duo of Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley, he spent two years with the Knicks, but was forced to miss 41 games during the 1997–98 season due to knee surgery.
Williams announced his retirement on January 27, 1999, holding career averages of 12.8 points and ten rebounds per game and a field goal average of 54.9 percent. During the course of his 17-year NBA career, Williams racked up more than 16,000 points and 13,000 rebounds — one of only seven NBA players to reach both marks. Williams served as the president of the NBA Players Association from 1994 to 1997; the Nets retired his #52 jersey in April 1999. In 2006, he was named as an inductee into the Rocky Mount Twin County Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was named to the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. In July 2010, Williams was hired by Nate McMillan as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. ACC Rookie of the Year: 1979 ACC All-ACC: 1980, 1981 USA Olympic Team: 1980 NBA All-Star: 1982, 1983, 1986 NBA All-NBA: 1983 NBA Rookie of the Year: 1982 NBA All-Rookie: 1982 NBA All-Defense: 1990, 1991 NBA All-Defense: 1988, 1992 NBA Field Goal Percentage leader: 1991, 1992 NBA Minutes Played leader: 1985 NBA Offensive Rebounds leader: 1984 NBA Games Played leader: 1985, 1987, 1990, 1995 18th all-time in games played: 1,307 List of National Basketball Association career games played leaders List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders List of National Basketball Association career turnovers leaders List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders NBA.com profile Stats at basketballreference.com NBA - Celebrating our heritage profile RGB profile: Buck Williams NBA Throwback
Herbert L. Williams is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association for eighteen seasons from 1981 to 1999. Williams served as the assistant coach of the NBA's New York Knicks, he is an assistant coach for the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Williams was a four-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, scoring 2,011 points and pulling down 1,111 rebounds. Williams is the school leader in career field goals made, with 834 in 114 games, he is second all-time in career blocked shots with 328. Williams was named to the All-Big Ten team as a junior, when Ohio State finished the year with a 21-8 record and advanced to the NCAA regionals, he led the Buckeyes in scoring that year with an average of 17.6 points per game. Williams was a team co-captain in both his senior years. Williams was a first-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers in 1981, where he played from 1982 to 1989 and had his most productive years, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks midway through the 1988–1989 season on February 22 in exchange for forward Detlef Schrempf.
In 1992, he was signed by the New York Knicks, where he spent seven years backing up perennial All-Star Patrick Ewing. Williams played one game for the Toronto Raptors in 1996 before being waived and returned to the Knicks; the team made the 1999 NBA Finals, with Williams serving as a team leader. After the 1999 Finals, Williams retired at the age of forty-one after six regular season games and eight playoff games in 1999. Four years he returned to the Knicks as an assistant coach, he worked under head coaches Don Lenny Wilkens. When Wilkens resigned in 2005, Williams took over as head coach. On July 26, 2005, Larry Brown was hired as the head coach of the Knicks, thus ending Williams's head coaching tenure. Williams was the acting head coach of the Knicks for the final two games of the 2005–2006 season, when illness kept Larry Brown away from the bench for the final two games of his Knicks career. After that season, Brown was replaced as head coach by Isiah Thomas. Williams worked as an assistant coach under Thomas and Mike D'Antoni, continued to be in the coaching staff under Mike Woodson until Phil Jackson fired the entire staff in 2014.
He has coached for the Knicks' NBA Summer League team. On March 26, 2015, Williams was hired as the assistant coach of the WNBA's New York Liberty. List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds BasketballReference.com: Herb Williams BasketballReference.com: Herb Williams NBA.com coach file: Herb Williams NBA player biography of Herb Williams at the Wayback Machine
Club Baloncesto Breogán, S. A. D. known as Cafés Candelas Breogán for sponsorship reasons, is a professional basketball club based in Lugo, Spain. The team plays in the Liga ACB; the club was founded in 1966 by the Varela-Portas brothers. The team played for the first time in the Spanish top professional league in 1970. Breogán is one of the most historic teams in the ACB, it ranks in the ninth position in the all-time spanish basketball table; the name of the club is a reference to legendary Galician King Breogán. The Breogán jerseys have always been sky blue with details in details in dark blue; the shorts have been traditionally sky blue, with the exception of some years that have been white too. Their home arena is an arena with a seating capacity of 6.500 people. The Pazo has been one of the Top-10 European arenas in attendance and one of the first in relation to the city population; the current president of the team is Jesús Lázare. Well-known players have included: Charlie Bell, Pete Mickeal, Velimir Perasović, José Miguel Antúnez, Alfonso Reyes, Tanoka Beard, Anthony Bonner, Claude Riley, James Donaldson or Greg Foster.
Founded in 1966, CB Breogán only needed five years to promote for the first time in its history to the Liga Nacional. It played in it from 1971 to 1977, except in the 1974–75 season, before dropping down again to lower divisions. Breogán came back to the top tier, now named Liga ACB in 1984, it qualified for playing the Korać Cup after finishing in the sixth position, it became a classic team in the league until 1995, when it lost to against Valvi Girona and became relegated to Liga EBA. Its third era in Liga ACB lasted seven years. In 2006, Breogán was the last qualified in the table and was relegated to LEB Oro, where it continued playing until 2018, when it promoted again to the top tier by winning the LEB Oro. CB Breogán has several denominations through the years due to its sponsorship: Breogán Fontecelta 1971–73 Breogán La Casera 1973–77 Breogán Caixa Galicia 1985–86 Leche Río Breogán 1987, 2001–11 DYC Breogán 1989–93 DYC Lugo 1994 Breogán Universidade 2000–01 Ribeira Sacra Breogán Lugo 2014–2015 Cafés Candelas Breogán 2015–present 2nd division championships: 2ª División: 1975 LEB Oro: 1999, 2018 Copa Princesa: 2008, 2018 Copa Galicia: 1986, 1987, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2018 23 seasons in the top division 6 in Primera División 17 in Liga ACB 1 participation in Korać Cup 1985–86 season: eliminated in quarterfinals group stage All-ACB Team Charlie Bell – 2004–05ACB Top Scorer Alfredo Pérez – 1971 Alfredo Pérez – 1973 Bob Fullarton – 1976 Velimir Perasović – 1993 Charlie Bell – 2005 ACB Three Point Shootout Champion Jacobo Odriozola – 2002 Nebojša Bogavac – 2005All-LEB Oro Team Anthony Winchester – 2013 Álex Llorca – 2015 Jeff Xavier – 2016 Official website Eurobasket.com presentation
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers, abbreviated by the team as the LA Clippers, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of Pacific Division of the league's Western Conference; the Clippers play their home games at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, an arena shared with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year; the Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California in 1978 and became known as the San Diego Clippers. In 1984, The Clippers moved to Los Angeles. Through much of its history, the franchise failed to see significant regular season or playoff success; the Clippers were seen as an example of a perennial loser in American professional sports, drawing unfavorable comparisons to the successful Lakers, with whom they have shared a market since 1984 and an arena since 1999.
The Clippers' fortunes turned in the early 2010s with the acquisition of core players Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Chris Paul. In 2013, the franchise won its first division title, as the team made the playoffs for the ninth time in franchise history and the third time in the previous eight seasons, they added to their budding rivalry with the Lakers, as they finished with a better record than the Lakers for the fifth time and won the season series for the second time since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, this time in a sweep. They repeated as division champions in 2014; the franchise began in Western New York as the Buffalo Braves, one of three NBA expansion franchises that began play in the 1970–71 season, along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers. They played their home games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, along with another Buffalo team that would begin play that year, the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres. After two bad seasons, the Braves' fortunes started to change under coach Jack Ramsay and star forward/center Bob McAdoo.
McAdoo led the NBA in scoring for three consecutive seasons and was named the league's MVP in the 1974–75 season. The Braves qualified for the playoffs three times in a row, losing twice to the eventual Eastern Conference champions. Despite the team's modest success in Buffalo, Braves owner Paul Snyder and the league found it impossible to schedule home games at the auditorium because of the Canisius Golden Griffins men's basketball team, which had a pre-existing lease on the arena and priority on game dates over the Braves; the Griffins saw the Braves as a threat to their own success, purposely scheduled all the best dates at the arena to prevent the Braves from succeeding. As a result, after a failed attempt to sell the team to an owner who intended to move it to South Florida, Snyder sold the team to Kentucky Colonels owner John Y. Brown, Jr. who decimated the team's roster, traded away all of its stars, drove attendance down to the point where they could break their own lease on the arena.
Brown met with Celtics owner Irv Levin in 1978 so they could trade franchise ownerships. Southern California resident Levin decided to move the Braves to San Diego, something the league would have never allowed him to do with the Celtics. In 1978, San Diego welcomed the relocation of the Buffalo Braves franchise because the city had lost their Rockets to Houston seven years earlier as well as their American Basketball Association franchise, the San Diego Sails after the 1974-1975 ABA season. San Diego team officials did not think Braves was a representative nickname for the club and a contest decided on "Clippers", because the city was known for the great sailing ships that passed through San Diego Bay; when the Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984, they kept their name. Playing at the San Diego Sports Arena, the Clippers posted a record of 43–39 in their first season in California under new head coach Gene Shue, leaving them two wins shy of the final playoff spot, it would be the Clippers' last winning season for 13 years.
It was in that first season in southern California that long-time announcer Ralph Lawler began his association with the franchise. The Clippers began pursuing star free agents, beginning with World B. Free, acquired in the offseason from the Philadelphia 76ers. Free finished second overall in NBA scoring average, with 28.9 per game, while George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs had a 29.6 average. The 1979–80 season saw the Clippers begin to struggle, despite adding center Bill Walton, a San Diego native, two years removed from an NBA Championship with the Trail Blazers. Walton missed 68 games due to foot injuries. San Diego finished. Free again finishing second in league scoring, with 30.2 PPG. Paul Silas replaced Shue the following season, the Clippers finished 36–46, again missing the postseason. Walton missed the entire season again due to foot injuries, while Free was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guard Phil Smith; the 1981–82 season brought changes to the franchise as Levin sold the team to Los Angeles-area real estate developer and attorney Donald Sterling for $12.5 million.
The Clippers experienced poor play and franchise mismanagement in their final years in San Diego, much like in Buffalo, competition from other sports teams in town, namely the ascendant San Diego Chargers, sucked away attention from the Clippers. That season, the Clippers were drawing fewer fans than the Braves had
Coolidge Senior High School (Washington, D.C.)
Calvin Coolidge High School is a public high school of the District of Columbia Public Schools system located in the Takoma neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D. C. Coolidge High School offers Advanced Placement courses in science, English and history, it has an art room, a media center, a computer lab, a science lab. According to the 2011 District of Columbia's Comprehensive Assessment System, 32% of students met or exceeded math standards, 42% of students met or exceeded reading standards. In 2010, the school's graduation rate was 95%, 47% of graduating students registered at a college or university in the following fall semester; the school's athletic teams are named the Colts. Coolidge was the first high school in the District to require physical education classes five period per week; because the school was so new, it could not organize any athletic teams in time for the 1939–1940 school year, but it did have teams organized for the 1940–1941 school year. In December 1940, The Colts' first basketball game was played against Woodward Prep.
Because the delivery of its basketball hoops was delayed, the game was played at a local Y. M. C. A. Coached by the former head coach of Anacostia High School, Julian Colangelo, Coolidge beat Woodward Prep, 42 to 19. Coolidge won its second-ever basketball game, winning an away game against Briarley Military Academy by a score of 25 to 17. Coolidge's third basketball game was the first game played in its own gymnasium; the Colts first baseball team played its first game in April 1941, playing against Briarley Military Academy. Coolidge lost the game 13 to 7 after walking nine batters. Coolidge's football team, coached by Sherman Rees and Gil Roberts, began playing in September 1941. Coolidge lost its first game 27 to 0 against John Handley High School. Coolidge played its second football game, its first home game, against National Training School. Coolidge won the game 7 to 6; the 1946–1947 school year was successful at Coolidge, with the school's baseball, football, golf and archery teams all bringing in District championships that year.
After years without a stadium, the District's Board of Education and the District's Board of Commissioners approved construction of a stadium behind the school at Third and Sheridan streets in 1945. The land was owned by the federal government. Coolidge did not want to build a stadium on federally owned land so it would not have to share ticket revenue with the federal government; the federal government ended up giving the land to the District Board of Education, allowing Coolidge to continue plans for a 10,000-seat stadium and baseball field, a quarter-mile track. President Harry Truman cut the stadium's construction from the District's 1952 budget in order to keep the District's budget balanced; the District's Board of Commissioners approved a 1955 budget. Congress ended up appropriating funds for the stadium's construction in the 1955 budget. In 2007, Coolidge opened its new football field, including a digital scoreboard, a press box, a new public-address system. In 2010, Coolidge hired Natalie Randolph as its football coach, making her the only female head football coach in the nation.
Randolph had played wide receiver for the D. C. Divas women's professional football team. Randolph teaches environmental sciences. Coolidge High School had 547 students enrolled during the 2011–2012 school year. Of these students, 87 percent were black, 12 percent were Hispanic/Latino, 1 percent were white. In order to relieve crowding at Roosevelt High School, Superintendent Frank W. Ballou proposed building a new high school for students living in Manor Park and Takoma Park. Dr. Ballou suggested that the new high school should be built at Fifth and Sheridan streets NW, on property that the District of Columbia had purchased five years earlier and across the street from Whittier School, built in 1925. Temporarily named Northern Senior High School, the building of the school was supported by many Takoma Park, Manor Park, Chillum Heights, Sixteenth Street Heights residents and North Dakota Senator Lynn Frazier; the finance committee of the Board of Education approved the plan soon after Dr. Ballou's recommendation.
The House of Representatives appropriated $450,000 for the building of the school, but a Senate subcommittee reduced the appropriation to $350,000, despite protests by Senator Frazier. In 1937, the question of a permanent name for the school was raised; the Manor Park Citizens Association and the Brightwood Citizens Association wanted to name the school for Calvin Coolidge, the only former president without a school named after him. Other residents favored using the name Northern High School because it would fit in with existing schools named Eastern and Central; those favoring Coolidge won out. The Board of Education planned to build a two-story brick school with a flat roof. Local citizens associations said, they preferred a colonial style similar to that of nearby Roosevelt High School. The Manor Park Citizens Association held firm, the plans were modified to include three stories, a pitched roof, a cupola. Architect Nathan C. Wyeth changed the design to a modern Georgian style. Jeffress-Dryer Inc. won the bid to build the school, construction began in 1938.
The original plans called for one girls' gymnasium. Because two gymnasiums could not be afforded with the funds appropriated by Congress, the girls' gymnasium was eliminated from the plans. After the Takoma Park Citizens Association petitioned Congress, the District's Board of Commissioners agreed to appropriate an additional $16
Isiah Lord Thomas III is an American former basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. A point guard, the 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas has been a professional and collegiate head coach, a basketball executive, a broadcaster. Thomas played collegiately for the Indiana Hoosiers, leading them to the 1981 NCAA championship as a sophomore and declaring for the NBA draft, he was taken as the second overall pick by the Pistons in the 1981 NBA draft, played for them his entire career, while leading the "Bad Boys" to the 1988–89 and 1989–90 NBA championships. After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a television commentator, an executive with the Continental Basketball Association, head coach of the Indiana Pacers, an executive and head coach for the New York Knicks, he was the men's basketball coach for the Florida International University Golden Panthers for three seasons from 2009 to 2012.
In early May 2015, amidst controversy, Thomas was named president and part owner of the Knicks' WNBA sister team, the New York Liberty, subsequent to the re-hiring of Thomas's former Pistons teammate, Bill Laimbeer, as the team's coach. The youngest of nine children, Thomas was born on April 30, 1961 in Chicago and grew up in the city's West Side, he attended the private St. Joseph High School in Westchester, a 90-minute commute from his home. Playing under coach Gene Pingatore, he led St. Joseph to the state finals in his junior year, was considered one of the top college prospects in the country. Thomas was recruited to play college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. Although he received mail saying Knight tied up his players and beat them, he did not believe the rumors; when Knight visited the Thomas home, one of Isiah's brothers, who wanted him to attend DePaul, embarrassed him by insulting the Indiana coach and engaging him in a shouting match. Thomas chose Knight and Indiana because he felt that getting away to Bloomington would be good for him, as would Knight's discipline.
Thomas had to adjust to Knight's disciplinarian style. At the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, Knight got so mad at Thomas he threatened to put him on a plane home. Knight recalled yelling at the freshman-to-be, "You ought to go to DePaul, because you sure as hell aren't going to be an Indiana player playing like that." Prior to the start of his freshman year, the 1979–80 season, Knight became so upset with Thomas that he kicked him out of a practice. According to Thomas, Knight was making a point that no player, no "matter how talented, is bigger than Knight's philosophy."Thomas proved his skills as a player and became a favorite with both Knight and Indiana fans. His superior abilities caused Knight to adjust his coaching style. Fans displayed bedsheets with quotations from the Book of Isaiah and nicknamed him "Mr. Wonderful." Because of Thomas's short stature at 6 ft 1 in, coach Knight would call him "Pee Wee". Thomas and Mike Woodson led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten championship and advanced to the 1980 Sweet Sixteen.
The next year, the 1980–81 season, Knight made Thomas captain and told him to run the show on the floor. Thomas responded so well that, as the season unfolded and Thomas grew as friends; when a Purdue player took a cheap shot at Thomas during a game at Bloomington, Knight called a press conference to defend his star. And 19 days when Thomas hit an Iowa player and was ejected from a game, Knight refused to criticize him; that year and the Hoosiers once again won a conference title and won the 1981 NCAA tournament, the school's fourth national title. The sophomore earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award, made himself eligible for the upcoming NBA draft. In the 1981 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons chose Thomas with the No. 2 pick and signed him to a four-year $1.6 million contract. Thomas made the All-Rookie team and started for the Eastern Conference in the 1982 NBA All-Star Game. In the opening round of the 1984 NBA Playoffs and the Pistons faced off against Bernard King and the New York Knicks.
In the pivotal fifth game, Thomas was having a subpar performance, while King was having an excellent game. Thomas scored 16 points in the last 94 seconds to force the game into overtime, but fouled out, the Knicks held on to win. In the 1985 NBA Playoffs and his team went to the conference semifinals against the 15-time NBA champion Boston Celtics led by future basketball Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson. Detroit couldn't shake the Celtics in their six-game series losing. In the 1987 NBA Playoffs and the Pistons went to the Eastern Conference Finals and faced the Celtics again, it was the furthest. Detroit was able to tie the Celtics at two games apiece, but its hope of winning Game 5 at Boston Garden was dashed by Larry Bird with just seconds remaining: Thomas attempted to inbound the ball, Bird stole the pass and hit Dennis Johnson for the game-winning layup. In 1988, the Pistons' first trip to the Finals saw them face the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Before the series and Johnson exchanged a courtside kiss on the cheek prior to tip-off as a sign of their deep friendship. After taking a 3–2 series lead back to Los Angeles, Detroit appeared poised to win their first NBA title in Game 6. One of Thomas's most inspiring and self-defining moments came in Game 6. Alt
The five basketball positions employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard, the shooting guard, the small forward, the power forward, the center. The point guard is the leader of the team on the court; this position requires substantial ball handling skills and the ability to facilitate the team during a play. The shooting guard, as the name implies, is the best shooter; as well as being capable of shooting from longer distances, this position tends to be the best defender on the team. The small forward has an aggressive approach to the basket when handling the ball; the small forward is known to make cuts to the basket in efforts to get open for shots. The power forward and the center are called the "frontcourt" acting as their team's primary rebounders or shot blockers, or receiving passes to take inside shots; the center is the larger of the two. Only three positions were recognized based on where they played on the court: Guards played outside and away from the hoop and forwards played outside and near the baseline, with the center positioned in the key.
During the 1980s, as team strategy evolved. More specialized roles developed. Team strategy and available personnel, still dictate the positions used by a particular team. For example, the dribble-drive motion offense and the Princeton offense use four interchangeable guards and one center; this set is known as a "four-in and one-out" play scheme. Other combinations are prevalent. Besides the five basic positions, some teams use non-standard or hybrid positions, such as the point forward, a hybrid small forward/point guard; the point guard known as the one, is the team's best ball handler and passer. Therefore, they lead their team in assists and are able to create shots for themselves and their teammates, they are quick and are able to hit shots either outside the three-point line or "in the paint" depending on the player's skill level. Point guards are looked upon as the "floor general" or the "coach on the floor", they should study the game and game film to be able to recognize the weaknesses of the defense, the strengths of their own offense.
They are responsible for directing plays, making the position equivalent to that of quarterback in American football, playmaker in association football, center in ice hockey, or setter in volleyball. Good point guards increase team efficiency and have a high number of assists, they are referred to as dribblers or play-makers. In the NBA, point guards are the shortest players on the team and are 6 feet 4 inches or shorter; the shooting guard is known as the two or the off guard. Along with the small forward, a shooting guard is referred to as a wing because of its use in common positioning tactics; as the name suggests, most shooting guards are prolific from the three-point range. Besides being able to shoot the ball, shooting guards tend to be the best defender on the team, as well as being able to move without the ball to create open looks for themselves; some shooting guards have good ball handling skills creating their own shots off the dribble. A versatile shooting guard will have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities known as combo guards.
Bigger shooting guards tend to play as small forwards. In the NBA, shooting guards range from 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 8 inches; the small forward known as the three, is considered to be the most versatile of the main five basketball positions. Versatility is key for small forwards because of the nature of their role, which resembles that of a shooting guard more than that of a power forward; this is why the small forward and shooting guard positions are interchangeable and referred to as wings. Small forwards have a variety such as quickness and strength inside. One common thread among all kinds of small forwards is an ability to "get to the line" and draw fouls by aggressively attempting plays, lay-ups, or slam dunks; as such, accurate foul shooting is a common skill for small forwards, many of whom record a large portion of their points from the foul line. Besides being able to drive to the basket, they are good shooters from long range; some small forwards have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities as point forwards.
Small forwards should be able to do a little bit of everything on the court playing roles such as swingmen and defensive specialists. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 9 inches; the power forward known as the four plays a role similar to that of the center, down in the "post" or "low blocks". The power forward is the team's most versatile scorer, being able to score close to the basket while being able to shoot mid-range jump shots from 12 to 18 feet from the basket; some power forwards have become known as stretch fours, since extending their shooting range to three-pointers. On defense, they are required to have the strength to guard bigger players close to the basket and to have the athleticism to guard quick players away from the basket. Most power forwards tend to be more versatile than centers since they can be part of plays and are not always in the low block. In the