Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball
The Purdue Boilermakers basketball team is a college basketball program that competes in NCAA Division I and is a member of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue basketball has the most Big Ten Championships with 24; the Boilermakers have reached two NCAA Tournament Final Fours. The 1931–32 team was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Purdue has sent more than 30 players including two overall No. 1 picks in the NBA draft. Purdue shares a traditional rivalry with in-state foe Indiana University, leads the all times series 120–89 over them; the history of Purdue basketball dates back to 1896 with their first game against the Lafayette YMCA. In the 1902–03 season, head coach C. I. Freeman, in his only season, led them to an undefeated 8–0 record. Upon conclusion of the season, the university recognized the popularity of the sport and made it part of the Purdue University Athletic Association; the Boilermakers began play in the Big Ten Conference three years with its first championship coming in 1911 under the direction of Ralph Jones.
In 1917, Ward "Piggy" Lambert, a former basketball player at Wabash College, was named head coach of the Boilermakers. What followed was one of the most dominant eras of Purdue Basketball on the conference and national level. Under Lambert, Purdue became a front-runner in the development of the fast-paced game as it is today. In 28 seasons, Lambert mentored 16 All-Americans and 31 First Team All-Big Ten selections, which included the 1932 National Player of the Year John Wooden. Wooden was the first college player to be named a Consensus All-American three times. Lambert compiled a career record of 371 -- a. 709 winning percentage. His 228 wins in Big Ten play have been bested by only Indiana's Bob Knight and former Purdue head coach Gene Keady. Lambert won an unprecedented 11 Big Ten Championships, which Bobby Knight tied for most in conference history. In 1943, the Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively recognized Purdue as its national champion for 1932; the Premo-Porretta Power Poll recognized the Boilermakers as the 1932 national champion as well.
Ward Lambert announced his resignation on January 23, 1946. That same year and the year following, under new head coach Mel Taube, Purdue would win both meetings against coach John Wooden's Indiana State team. On February 24, 1947, three students were killed and 166 people were taken to hospitals after the 3,400-student section of the Purdue Fieldhouse collapsed during a game against Wisconsin. Center Paul Hoffman became the only Boiler to be named a First Team-All Big Ten selection four times in 1947. With third overall-picked teammate Ed "Bulbs" Ehlers, the two were the first players in the program's history to be selected in the NBA draft, while Paul Hoffman became the BAA's first player named Rookie of the Year in 1948. After Mel Taube's four-and-a-half seasons, Ray Eddy, a former player and teammate of Wooden's under Lambert, took over as head coach. During his 15-year tenure, he coached Terry Dischinger and Dave Schellhase, both Consensus All-Americans, Ernie Hall, the first Purdue junior college transfer and African-American player to wear a Boilermaker uniform.
In 1955, his team played one of the longest games in college basketball history, lasting six overtimes in a loss to Minnesota. Over the next few decades the Boilermakers would enjoy moderate success, culminating in 1969 when they won their first conference title in 29 years and advanced to the 1969 NCAA Finals game under head coach George King and led by All-American Rick Mount, where they would fall to former Purdue great, John Wooden, his UCLA Bruins squad. Former Los Angeles Lakers coach/general manager, Fred Schaus, who spent time as West Virginia's head coach, took over the program after George King stepped down to become the school's athletic director. Schaus led the Boilermakers to the 1974 NIT Championship, becoming the first Big Ten team to capture the NIT title. In the 1978–79 season, new head coach Lee Rose introduced Purdue basketball to a new approach with a slowed-down, controlled style of play. With All-American center Joe Barry Carroll, he led them to the 1979 NIT Finals and to a 1980 NCAA Final Four appearance.
In 1980, Gene Keady, the head coach of Western Kentucky and former assistant to Eddie Sutton with the Arkansas Razorbacks, was named the new head coach of the Boilermakers. Over the next 25 years, Keady led the Boilermakers to six Big Ten Championships and 17 NCAA Tournament appearances with two Elite Eights. Purdue received their highest Associated Press and Coaches Poll ranking in its program's history during the 1987–88 season, where they were ranked as high as 2nd in the nation. In 1991, Keady and assistant coach Frank Kendrick recruited Glenn Robinson, who became an All-American and Purdue's second-named National Player of the Year. A few years Purdue managed to recruit the program's first of many foreign players when they picked up Matt ten Dam from the Netherlands. In December 1997, Keady became Purdue's all-time winningest head coach, surpassing Lambert with his 372nd win, he became the second-winningest coach in Big Ten history behind Indiana's Bobby Knight, against whom Keady went 21–20 in head-to-head meetings.
Soon afterward, the playing surface at Mackey Arena was named Keady Court in his honor. Many of Keady's former assistant coaches and players throughout the years have gone on to enjoy success as head coaches. Included in the Gene Keady coaching tree is current Purdue head coach Matt Painter, former St. John's head coach Steve Lavin, Pittsburgh head coach Kevin Stallings, Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber, Wisconsin-Green Bay head coach Lin
George King (basketball, born 1928)
George Smith King, Jr. was an American professional basketball player and collegiate coach. He was born in West Virginia. George King attended Morris Harvey College, where he led his team to four NCAA championship tournaments, he averaged 31.2 points per game in 1950 and scored a total of 2,535 points in 117 games in his college career. He received his A. B. degree in physical education in 1950. In both his junior and senior years, he was named West Virginia's Amateur Athlete of the Year. George King was picked in the 8th round of the 1950 NBA draft, he played for the Bartlesville Phillips 66ers in 1950-1951. In 1955, King led the Syracuse Nationals to the Finals, where he hit the series-clinching free throw in Game 7 and had a key steal to win the championship. After five seasons with the Nationals, he spent his last season in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals, he holds career averages of 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game in six seasons. In 1956, King toured eleven Middle East countries with the Nationals for the Educational Exchange Service of the State Department.
A year he became the first American to give basketball coaching clinics in Africa. After his tenure with the Nationals, King spent a season coaching college basketball at his alma mater, Morris Harvey, before returning for his last season in the NBA with the Royals. George King began his coaching career at West Virginia University as an assistant under head coach Fred Schaus. In 1961, he became the head coach, he coached the Mountaineers with an overall record of 102-43 and led them to three Southern Conference tournament championships and three NCAA Tournaments. Before King began his coaching career, he received his master's degree in physical education at WVU in 1957. King moved on to coaching at Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, where he took over for Ray Eddy at the head coaching position. During his tenure, he compiled a 109–64 record. In 1969, he led the Boilermakers to their first Big Ten Championship in 29 years, the first postseason appearance in school history, they made the most of it, advancing all the way to the NCAA title game, losing to John Wooden's UCLA.
In that 1968–69 season, Purdue led the nation with 94.8 points a game on a team that consisted of notable players such as Rick Mount and Billy Keller. He was succeeded by his predecessor at Fred Schaus, he served as the school's athletic director from on until 1992. For the next 21 years as Purdue's seventh athletics director, King directed the Boilermaker program through a period of tremendous growth and change, he oversaw the emergence of women's athletics at the varsity level at Purdue in 1976–77. Revered by his peers in the profession, King served as President of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, chairperson of the NCAA's prestigious Committee on Committees and the NCAA Postseason Bowl committee, he was one of the youngest AD's in the nation and was the only one who coached in the 1971–72 season. King is the University of Charleston Athletic Halls of Fame. King received an honorary doctorate from the renamed University of Charleston in 1983, when he was named recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award.
He was named to the prestigious Honors Committee of the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1982, to the University of Charleston Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985. He was honored as the recipient of NACDA's 1990 James J. Corbett Memorial Award. King retired from Purdue in 1992 and was named to the school's Hall of Fame in 2001. King died at the age of 78 at the Hospice of Naples in Naples, around 11:30 a.m. of October 5, 2006, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his spouse of Jeanne G. King. List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach George King at Find a Grave Career Statistics
North High School (Evansville)
North High School, or Evansville North High School, is a public high school now located on the north side of Vanderburgh County, Indiana 9.5 miles north of Evansville, United States. In the early 1950s the Evansville and Vanderburgh County population was increasing and pushing in a northern direction, it was decided that a new high school was needed to relieve the burden on the existing public high schools. The location of the school on property near the Mechanic Arts Trades and Industry High School on the north side was chosen. Mechanic Arts' curriculum was incorporated into the new high school, which would allow students from the other high schools to come as shared time students. In fall 1956, the new North High School opened, serving students from the seventh through 12th grades; the first graduating class consisted of only 18 girls and 149 boys because students in the district were allowed to choose to remain at their present high school or to transfer to the new school. After the city/county merger in 1958, this district included Vogel, Scott and Oak Hill Schools, as well as some students from Howard Roosa and Stringtown Schools.
This huge district stayed stable through desegregation and a middle school reorganization. The high school, located on Diamond Avenue on the northern side of the city, was closed due to low enrollment in 1983. Since the community's successful effort to save the school, the northeastern part of the county has experienced massive population growth. A sixth feeder school is under construction in McCutchanville, replacing the original McCutchanville School, consolidated into Oak Hill School in 1965. On November 4, 2008, Vanderburgh County voters approved a $149 million bond issue for the EVSC. A long list of projects included a new $58.2 million high school for 2,000 students and an adjacent $27 million junior high school for 1,000 students. In late November 2008, the EVSC purchased around 80 acres near U. S. 41 and Base Line Road, nine miles north of Evansville, for the new campus. The new North High School building opened in January 2012, complete with its first football stadium. 1956 - 1967: Adrian Meadows 1967 - 1981: Harold Buck 1981 - 1999: James Sharp 1999 - 2009: Brenda Weber 2009–Present: John Skinner Scott Elementary School Oak Hill Elementary School Vogel Elementary School Evans Elementary School Delaware Elementary School North Junior High School Also see: Sports in Evansville * Baseball title was won before IHSAA State Tournament was initiated.
North High School competes in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, a part of the Indiana High School Athletic Association. The old North High School Facility is now used as the Academy for Innovative studies Diamond Branch, though AIS only takes up a small percentage of the school; the auditorium is still host to numerous musicals and plays, such as a 2014 production of Les Misèrables. Chuck Bundrant, billionaire businessman, founder and majority owner of Trident Seafoods Namesake of Bundrant Stadium on the Current Campus. Dave Schellhase, All-American basketball player, NBA player, longtime college basketball coach Bob Ford, ABA player and television executive Jeff Overton, PGA Tour player Deke Cooper, NFL player Joshua Claybourn and author Josh Tudela, MLS player John C. Martin, former CEO and executive chairman of the board Gilead Sciences List of high schools in Indiana Evansville North High School
Bob King (basketball)
Bob King was a college basketball coach and administrator. He was head coach at the University of New Mexico from 1962 to 1972 and at Indiana State University from 1975 to 1978, he served as Assistant Athletics Director at New Mexico and Athletics Director at Indiana State. King coached basketball Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Mel Daniels, Don Nelson; the success of his New Mexico teams led to the construction of The Pit, the home venue of the Lobos, its court is named after him. He assembled the Indiana State team that went to the 1979 NCAA Final Four and lost in the championship game. Both schools have inducted King into their Athletics Halls of Fame, as has the Missouri Valley Conference. King was born in Gravity, where he was an All-State basketball player in high school, he lettered in baseball as a freshman at the University of Iowa before graduating in three years with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1947. He earned a master's degree in Educational Guidance and Psychology from Drake University in 1957.
King coached for 12 seasons at Britt and Algona high schools in Iowa and West High in Rockford, compiling a record of 205-75. He became an assistant coach at Iowa for two seasons under Sharm Scheuerman, where he coached two-time All-American and NBA player and Hall of Fame coach Don Nelson. King was hired as head coach of the New Mexico Lobos in 1962; the Lobo program had gone 42–149 over the previous eight seasons and had only two winning seasons in the previous fifteen years. King transformed the program winning more games in his first two seasons than the team had won in the previous six combined. In ten seasons as Lobo head coach, King compiled a record of 175-89, the second most coaching wins in team history, with two Western Athletic Conference titles, three appearances in the National Invitation Tournament, the school's first NCAA Tournament bid. King instilled fundamental principles of the game, running a disciplined offense and a relentless, pressure defense, building his early teams around dominant centers.
His first Lobo squad was led by future ABA-standout Ira Harge, who transferred to New Mexico from a Junior College in Iowa. The Lobos went 16-9 in their first season under King. In 1963-64, they went to the NIT in New York City, they defeated Drake and upset NYU before losing in the championship game to Bradley, finishing the season 23-6, the most wins in program history at that point. Harge averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds as a Lobo and was honored as "the most prolific scorer in the history of the school" at the time. King next signed one of the greatest players in Lobo history. Daniels averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds a game as a three-year starter, leading the team to a combined 54-24 record and two more NIT appearances. Daniels went on to become an ABA All-Time Team member after winning two MVP awards and three championships with the Indiana Pacers. In 2012, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. After his playing career, Daniels joined King's staff at Indiana State as an assistant, he worked in the Pacers front office for over twenty years.
The Lobos entered the national rankings for the first time and spent a total of 52 weeks in the rankings during King's tenure. The team became wildly popular in Albuquerque, attendance at their games more than doubled, soon their home venue was selling out regularly. University Arena, now formally known as Dreamstyle Arena but popularly known as "The Pit", opened at the beginning of the 1966-67 season and has become one of the most renowned college basketball arenas in the country. Attendance at The Pit was second in the nation in its first year and has remained among national leaders since, the Lobos have won over eighty percent of their games there. During the same period, Lobo rivals UTEP and New Mexico State attained national prominence. UTEP won the national championship in 1966, New Mexico State reached the Final Four in 1970. A fierce rivalry developed among King, Miners coach Don Haskins, Aggies coach Lou Henson, their teams each played one another twice a season with national rankings at stake.
The 1967-68 Lobos had lost Daniels to graduation, they were picked in preseason polls to finish last in the WAC. Instead they bolted to a 17-0 start; the team was the most balanced squad King had at New Mexico, with four players averaging in double-figures, led by Ron Nelson with 19.5 points per game. The Lobos beat #5 Utah and #10 New Mexico State, surging to #4 in the polls, they won the WAC conference, Nelson was honored as All-WAC and a Helms All-American. The Lobos received their first bid to the NCAA Tournament, they were upset by Santa Clara and finished the season 23-5. The focus on inside play returned the next season as Willie Long began his run as a three-year starter; the team failed to reach the post-season. Long averaged 23.9 points a game in both his final two seasons, earning All-WAC recognition both years and Helms All-American status as a senior. Like Harge and Daniels, Long went on to play in the ABA; the Lobos slumped to a 42-36 record in King's final three seasons as head coach, with no postseason appearances.
King stepped down as coach after the 1971-72 season, becoming Assistant Athletics Director at UNM the next year. He had hoped to take over as Athletics Director, as the current AD was set to retire in 1973, but after he was passed over for the job due to state politics, King resigned. King was hired as Athletics Director at Indiana State, serving from 1974 to 1980, transformin
Glenn M. Curtis
Glenn M. Curtis was an American basketball coach, he was the head coach at Indiana State University from 1938 to 1946. He won 122 games and led the Sycamores to three NAIA Tournaments, reaching the national championship in 1946; the Sycamores won the Midwest Invitational Tournament in 1946. His career collegiate record is 122–45, he succeeded Wally Marks and led the Sycamores to 8 consecutive winning seasons and three berths in the NAIA Men's Basketball Championships. He finished his career as the leader in wins and recommended his old high school player and protégé John Wooden as his successor. Additionally, he served as the athletic director during his coaching tenure. In 1998, Curtis was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame. Prior to becoming a collegiate coach, known as the'Ole Fox' by his peers, spent 21 years as an Indiana High School coach, his first year as head coach came at Lebanon High School in Indiana. During his one-year stint, he won the 1918 state championship.
He moved to Mooresville where he spent one semester, coaching 10 games. At the Christmas break, he moved to nearby Martinsville, his Martinsville Artesians won 396 games and lost 139. During his tenure, they won 16 sectional championships, 14 regional championships and three state championships. Coaching players such as John Wooden and fellow Indiana Basketball Hall of Famers Lester Reynolds and Arnold Suddith, he won state titles in 1924, 1927, 1933, with Wooden the star in 1927; the Artesians lost the state championship in 1926 and 1928. In the five years from 1924 through 1928, they were in the state championship game every year but 1925, he was the first Indiana high school coach to win four state championships. Curtis was the co-head coach with Tony Hinkle of the first Indiana all-star team to play Kentucky and he coached six Indianapolis Star all-star teams, he never had a losing season as a coach, in 19 years at Martinsville, his teams won 16 sectional championships and 14 regional championships He returned to the high school ranks as the Martinsville Superintendent of Schools from 1948–1955.
Curtis died in 1958. The Martinsville High School Gymnasium was named in his honor in 1959, he moved on to the professional ranks coaching the Detroit Falcons of the Basketball Association of America. This season with the Falcons was his first losing season as a head coach while the Falcons finished fourth in the Western Division standings with a record of 12–22, he coached the Indianapolis Jets of the National Basketball League for one season and finished with a record of 24–35. They still qualified for the playoffs but lost the opening round series one game to three in a best-of-four series; the Jets joined the BAA but Curtis retired from coaching and returned to Martinsville as the Superintendent of Schools. He was the first head coach for the Indiana All-Stars (an annual all-state team of seniors only, sponsored by the Indianapolis Star; the team faces a similar team from Kentucky. Curtis led the All-Stars to victory in each game he coached. 21 seasons 3 schools 424–141.
The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division; the team was founded on January 16, 1966. The team plays its home games at the United Center, an arena shared with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League; the Bulls saw their greatest success during the 1990s when they were responsible for popularizing the NBA worldwide. They are known for having one of the NBA's greatest dynasties, winning six NBA championships between 1991 and 1998 with two three-peats. All six championship teams were led by Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson; the Bulls are the only NBA franchise to win multiple championships and never lose an NBA Finals series in their history. The Bulls won 72 games during the 1995–96 NBA season, setting an NBA record that stood until the Golden State Warriors won 73 games during the 2015–16 NBA season.
The Bulls were the first team in NBA history to win 70 games or more in a single season, the only NBA franchise to do so until the 2015–16 Warriors. Many experts and analysts consider the 1996 Bulls to be one of the greatest teams in NBA history. Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose have both won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award while playing for the Bulls, for a total of six MVP awards; the Bulls share rivalries with the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. The Bulls' rivalry with the Pistons was highlighted during the late 1980s and early 1990s. On January 16, 1966 Chicago was granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; the Chicago Bulls became the third NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags and the Chicago Packers/Zephyrs. The Bulls' founder, Dick Klein, was the Bulls' only owner to play professional basketball, he served as the Bulls' general manager in their initial years. After the 1966 NBA Expansion Draft, the newly founded Chicago Bulls were allowed to acquire players from the established teams in the league for the upcoming 1966–67 season.
The team started in the 1966–67 NBA season, posted the best record by an expansion team in NBA history. Coached by Chicagoan and former NBA star Johnny "Red" Kerr, led by former NBA assist leader Guy Rodgers, guard Jerry Sloan and forward Bob Boozer, the Bulls qualified for the playoffs, the only NBA team to do so in their inaugural season. In their first season, the Bulls played their home games at the International Amphitheatre, before moving to Chicago Stadium. Fan interest was diminishing after four seasons, with one game in the 1968 season having an official attendance of 891 and some games being played in Kansas City. In 1969, Klein dropped out of the general manager job and hired Pat Williams, who as the Philadelphia 76ers' business manager created promotions that helped the team become third in attendance the previous season. Williams revamped the team roster, acquiring Chet Walker from his old team in exchange for Jim Washington and drafting Norm Van Lier –, traded to the Cincinnati Royals and only joined the Bulls in 1971 – while investing in promotion, with actions such as creating mascot Benny the Bull.
The Bulls under Williams and head coach Dick Motta qualified for four straight playoffs and had attendances grow to over 10,000. In 1972, the Bulls set a franchise win-loss record at 25 losses. During the 1970s, the Bulls relied on Jerry Sloan, forwards Bob Love and Chet Walker, point guard Norm Van Lier, centers Clifford Ray and Tom Boerwinkle; the team made the conference finals in 1975 but lost to the eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors, 4 games to 3. After four 50-win seasons, Williams returned to Philadelphia, Motta decided to take on the role of GM as well; the Bulls ended up winning only 24 games in the 1975 -- 1976 season. Motta was replaced by Ed Badger. Klein sold the Bulls to longtime owners of the Chicago Blackhawks. Indifferent to NBA basketball, the new ownership group infamously implemented a shoestring budget, putting little time and investment into improving the team. Artis Gilmore, acquired in the ABA dispersal draft in 1976, led a Bulls squad which included guard Reggie Theus, forward David Greenwood and forward Orlando Woolridge.
In 1979, the Bulls lost a coin flip for the right to select first in the NBA draft. Had the Bulls won the toss, they would have selected Magic Johnson; the Los Angeles Lakers selected Johnson with the pick acquired from the New Orleans Jazz, who traded the selection for Gail Goodrich. After Gilmore was traded to the San Antonio Spurs for center Dave Corzine, the Bulls employed a high-powered offense centered around Theus, which soon included guards Quintin Dailey and Ennis Whatley. However, with continued dismal results, the Bulls decided to change direction, trading Theus to the Kansas City Kings during the 1983–84 season. Attendance began to dwindle, with the Wirtz Family looking to sell to ownership groups interested in moving the team out of Chicago, before selling to local ownership. In the summer of 1984, the Bulls had the third pick of the 1984 NBA draft, after Houston and Portland; the Rockets selected Hakeem Olajuwon, the Blazers picked Sam Bowie and the Bulls chose shooting guard Michael Jordan.
The team, with new management in owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Jerry Krause, decided to rebuild around Jordan. Jordan set franchise records during his rookie campaign for scoring and steals, led the Bulls back to the playoffs, where they lost in four
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