Questions tagged [basketball]

Questions about the sport of basketball in general. For the American professional basketball league, see [nba].

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What does "step" mean in FIBA traveling rule?

Here is the part of FIBA rule 25.2.1 about travelling: A player who catches the ball while he is progressing, or upon completion of a dribble, may take two steps in coming to a stop, passing or ...
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Do the basketball "ribs" have a specific purpose?

I just wonder if the typical black ribs (small lines) have any specific purpose (like improving grip, aerodynamics or something related to dribbling) or they are just cosmetic detail (I guess ...
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Which NBA player has the most career shots?

Which NBA basketball player has attempted the most shots in their career, and how many of them did they make?
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Why is the hook shot used so little in the NBA?

Understandably, the NBA is centered around the 3 point shot so most players are not working in the paint. However, there are many big men out there who lack much offensive game other than dunking on a ...
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Who gets possession after a shot is blocked off the rim?

I was playing 3v3 today with some friends and a defender blocked the shot and the ball bounced off the rim and out of bounds. I claimed that the rim is considered part of the offense, so the defense ...
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In basketball, why can a team calling a timeout inbound the ball at midcourt after the timeout (effectively gaining ground for free)?

For example: Seconds left on the clock in a close game, Team A scores a basket, and Team B calls timeout. After the timeout, Team B throws in the ball from halfway up the court. What's the reasoning ...
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Why do top NBA stars from USA skip the Olympics?

Why does LeBron James, Anthony Davis (AD), and other big NBA stars skip the Olympics so much? Doesn't going help with endorsement, etc.? This year doesn't even have Stephen Curry and we had to settle ...
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Is it possible to guard a dunk if you can't dunk

If you are defending someone trying to dunk and you can barely reach the backboard when you jump is this impossible or can you do something to defend? Or should you throw in the towel and just give ...
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When did basketball change the rule so that games end when the clock hits 0.0 instead of when the buzzer sounds?

I remember there was a time when the NBA and/or college basketball's rule on buzzer beaters was that the shot would count as long as the ball left the shooter's hand before the buzzer sounded. It didn'...
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When was the last time a conference final contained 0 champions?

According to SportsCenter, there are 0 champions remaining in the 2021 NBA Playoffs. The Suns have reached the NBA finals, but the Bucks and Hawks are still competing for the Eastern Conference ...
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Is calling timeout actually effective in stopping scoring runs by the other team?

In basketball, when one team goes on a scoring run, you will often see the other team call a timeout to try to stop that team's momentum. Has there been any analysis that shows whether calling timeout ...
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What does the ‘3’ in Chris Paul’s nickname CP3 stand for?

Watching the NBA 2021 playoffs with the Phoenix Suns playing and Chris Paul aka CP3 is a fantastic player. Yet can’t find anywhere that explains what the ‘3’ stands for in his nickname CP3. Does ...
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In Basketball, if the ball goes through the hoop and net twice in one shot, how many points?

I've just seen a video where a player shoots the basketball during a game. The ball initially enters the hoop and passes completely through the net. However the net flicks the ball in a way that sends ...
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In the NBA, do you get a free throw if you are fouled by the buzzer?

What happens if an NBA player gets fouled right when the shot clock ends, and he gets the and 1. Would he be able to shoot the free throw? Do the referees base this on game point, or just don't do it?
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Why are Grizzlies in the playoffs and GSW are not, even though Warriors have more victories?

Why are Memphis Grizzlies in the playoffs and Golden State Warriors are not even though Golden State Warriors have more victories? Why was the last game important if it's not the number of victories ...
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Who holds the record for most dunks in a single playoff game?

Who holds the record for most dunks in a single postseason game? This is not restricted to a single league.
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What is the rule on switching inbounders?

Take a look at this video of the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game between UConn and Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech made a 3-pointer with 11.7 seconds left. Then a UConn player ...
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How many times an NBA team has won at least 3 consecutive overtime games?

The LA Lakers won three consecutive overtime games from February 6th-10th, 2021, beating the Pistons, the Thunder, and the Thunder again. How many times since the 1976 merger has an NBA team won three ...
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Do NBA players make a higher percentage of 3-pointers from the side?

This shows what an NBA basketball court looks like: As you can see, the 3-point line is an arc until it gets close to the sides of the court, where it becomes a straight line due to not being able to ...
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True Shooting Percentage (TSP) vs Points Per Shot (PPS)

I have always been puzzled by the True Shooting Percentage (TSP) metric. Its goal is evidently to give a general idea of how efficient a scorer is, but the way it's calculated is extremely puzzling. ...
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What is the biggest margin with which a team has won an NBA game?

What is the biggest margin with which a team has won an NBA game ?
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Who has been the smallest player ever to play the NBA?

Who has been the smallest player ever to play the NBA ?
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What sports that award the national title following playoffs with series adopted a bubble to limit the COVID-19 spread?

The "bubble" in the NBA was a successful experiment. I know that the NHL and the MLB did it too. Are there some other sports around the world that adopted this solution for the playoffs? In ...
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Ethics/commonality of sports teams scoring more points at end of a game they are clearly winning

In general, is it considered unsportsmanlike to continue scoring points at the end of a game that has clearly already been won? Or is it generally the standard that teams continue to score points as ...
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Has an NHL or NBA champion ever won all playoffs series with the same record?

After losing game 3 of the 2019-20 NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Miami Heat 2-1 in the series. The Lakers got to the finals after beating the Portland Blazers, the Houston Rockets, and ...
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What is usually better in basketball, a 2-pointer and-1 opportunity or a made 3-pointer?

2-pointer and-one obviously gets a foul on an opposing player but you are not guaranteed to make the free throw, while a 3-pointer is guaranteed 3 points. Which would be more advantageous to a team, ...
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Has there ever been a game-winning tip play off an inbounds pass in an NBA playoff game or NCAA Tournament game?

The NBA has the Trent Tucker Rule, which states that if there is less than 0.3 seconds on the shot clock or game clock with a team inbounding the ball, then any player on that team cannot attempt to ...
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Has the NBA introduced any advantage for the home teams playing in the bubble playoffs?

The 2019-20 NBA season was restarted in a bubble in Orlando in July after it was shutdown due to COVID-19 in March. After the teams invited back played a few games, the playoffs started with the usual ...
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Legal to reach around someone when they are posting up?

When I play basketball and post up against a particular opponent he always reaches around from behind me, under my arms and begins to curve around my torso with both arms in an attempt to swap away ...
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Has anyone in sports returned from a grade 3 ankle sprain in one month?

Sabrina Ionescu plans to come back from her grade 3 ankle sprain in one month, in time for the WNBA playoffs. She plans to conquer rehab. I've read it takes longer than a month to heal from a grade 3 ...
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Non-USA superstars in the NBA seem to be much taller on average than superstars from the USA: What exactly is the reason?

LeBron James suggested that he would like to participate in a USA vs non-USA all-star match, during the 2020 all-star draft. While forming hypothetical teams for such a match I quickly started finding ...
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basketball best scorer in one single game

Who is the best scorer in a single FIBA sanctioned basketball game in history? I've heard of a player in the Middle East who scored 110 points (with 33 3-pointers), is that true?
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What are the sports facilities at the Orlando Disney World?

I've been both a little amazed and confused the past couple of weeks as the NBA and MLS plan to resume play in Orlando after COVID-19 related shutdowns halted the leagues' seasons. Both leagues are to ...
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Basketball post up - offensive fouls question

I'm watching some of the videos here: https://videorulebook.nba.com/rule/back-downs/ It seems to me that whenever a defender legitimately falls down (not a flop), while defending the post an offensive ...
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Is the Wilson Supreme Cusion Design a basketball suitable for outdoor use?

I have an old Wilson Supreme basketball (see picture) and would like to know, if it is suitable to use outdoors.
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Is this a travel under Euroleague basketball rules?

In basketball's Euroleague, a player who is stationary receives the ball. A few seconds after receiving the ball he steps back and after both of his feet touch the ground he shoots. Is this a travel?
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Can you determine the position of a player from his statistics?

I recently got really interested in the NBA (thanks to Mark Cuban). Google led me to detailed statistics of NBA players, for example, as found here. If you just look at the statistics (without ...
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Basketball: will FG percentage revert to mean and continue trend at half time?

This is a stats questions. Imagine team A has a poor FG percentage at half time and team B has a good one, would you expect those rates to convert (mean reversion) or deviate further? Maybe there is ...
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Question about basketball traveling

I have a question about the play at 6:46 when Pippen seems to do a little pass to himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_tz29TWNdM Here does it again here at 3:23, https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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Basketball shooting practice appears to have little effect over time

While this question relates to basketball, it is more so a question of statistics and probability. I wondered if one could determine a basketball players career high shooting percentage from high ...
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Has any basketball player dived over the edge?

Watching the 2016 NCAA Men's Championship for March Madness. They are playing at the NRG Stadium in Houston. This is a frequent site for the tournament. This court is raised, so that each sideline ...
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Why are trophies awarded when the tournament gets cancelled?

On the day each NCAA basketball conference tournament was cancelled, (both for men and women), there was a small ceremony where one team won the trophy for their respective conference. I am assuming ...
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Question about the Definition of the "Gather"

so, in the NBA rulebook, it says: "The gather is defined as the point where the player gains enough control of the ball to hold it, change hands, pass, shoot, or the player cradles the ball against ...
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Why is getting three personal fouls in the first half of an NCAA basketball game a big deal [closed]

I know five personal fouls calls for an ejection, but I cannot find anywhere why three fouls before halftime is a big deal. Thank you for help
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What is the point of the NBA regular season?

I am trying to get into NBA, but ... I don't get it. The regular season seems completely pointless and irrelevant to me. There are 30 teams, and the top 16 (that's more than half!!) make it to the ...
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Difference between turnover and steals

In the NBA app, I was reading the statistics of the match Lakers vs Kings. In particular, Lakers have 10 steals, Kings have 5 steals. Moreover, Lakers have 14 turnovers, while Kings have 16 turnovers....
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Why do basketball players wear hoodies/long-sleeves on the sidelines?

Regardless of whether or not the player has already been on the court or started on the bench, many NBA basketball players will wear a long-sleeve shirt or a hoodie while sitting on the bench. ...
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NBA "and one" rule - an edge case

My question is very similar to this one, although it is a little different and may have a different answer. (Also, I think the answer to that question somewhat misses the point). Consider the ...
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Markings on an NBA key

The NBA key has 4 hash marks on each side. Three are required to separate the three players during a free throw. The fourth is situated close to the third. What is the fourth one for?
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Basketball - Blocking and Catching Shots

Let's assume an offensive player takes a shot on the basket. If a defensive player catches the shot in the air without goal tending, is that considered a block, a steal, or both in the statistics?

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