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

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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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Basketball Under Push

While the opponent is shooting a ball, is it legal to push the Basketball through under the ring before it completely enters the Ring, to prevent a Shoot?
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What is a 0 (zero) step?

I have been watching James Harden and his "creative" ways to take extra steps without being called for a travel. One concept that he uses is a "0 step." I'm having a hard time figuring out what a 0 ...
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Why was the precalculated probability of winning high for Raptors in year 2019?

Why was the precalculated probability of winning high for Raptors in the year 2019? Because Kawhi Leonard came at the end. So just wondering. I saw a 4 digit number during the 2019 summer on Toronto ...
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NBA Continuation Rule

If a player is fouled on a drive to the basket and continuation is granted but then commits a charging foul while continuing his drive, what is the call?
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NBA player to player match ups

In the NBA, does the depth charts of one team match up with the depth charts in another team in terms of who will face who? Let me explain: Suppose the Celtics have Kemba Walker listed as a Starter ...
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Can a player inbound the ball off an official?

An official standing inbounds is inbounds. Does a ball come into play when thrown off such an official, as it does when thrown off an opponent?
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Details regarding two step rule

If a player is running and bouncing, is he allowed to catch the ball - for simplicity let's assume that he has both feet in the air through all the time interval whose beggining is marked by start of ...
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Is a hard slap to the basketball a foul?

If player A has control of the basketball and begins his two-step run at a lay-up within the painted area, and Player B (defender) slaps the basketball hard as Player A goes by, is this a foul by ...
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How do you log in basketball stats a desperate shot attempt at shot clock buzzer?

In basketball, the 24 second shot clock buzzer is about to sound, team in possession of the ball throws it up towards the basket. According to some sources this not registered as a shot attempt. Now, ...
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NBA - Why can recently signed players not be traded but sign-and-trades are allowed?

What are the contractual differences in signing a player vs executing a sign-and-trade that prevent a recently signed player from being traded but allow for a s&t?
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Why was D'Angelo Russell underpaid during this free agency?

Why was D'Angelo Russell underpaid during this free agency? Kevin Durant signed with the Nets for 164 million. Kyrie Irving signed with the Nets for 140 million. Russell is only sign-and-trading away ...
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Wanna watch basketball competitions [closed]

To people who are intersted in watching basketball matches I'm a beginner in training basketball and I wanna watch competitions to have more experience from watching Suggest me your favourite team and ...
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In the NBA, why do teams spend all their money available?

It seems to me that if an NBA team has an annual salary cap of, say, 100 million, set by league rules, then the team acquires players until they can spend all 100 million for the year -- some teams go ...
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What is the difference between a runner, a floater, and a tear drop?

In the regular season, a lot of scoring techniques are used to maintain a good ppg average. Throughout all of the games I have watched, I have seed a lot of different layups, and their use. Many ...
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Can you goaltend a shot that won't count?

I was watching a review of the longest shot in NBA history and was reminded of this pretty incredible bucket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm8CS9DVsUA This video is of the 2015 Boston Celtics ...
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Is it still acceptable for fans to run onto the field after winning the NBA Championship?

I have seen old videos of fans running onto the parquet in the Garden after the Celtics won the championship. Is this still done? If not, when did this stop being allowed?
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Is traveling/carrying no longer called for dribbling players?

As far as I know you are not supposed to let the ball stop in your hands while you are dribbling. However it seems like in modern NBA this is not enforced very often. Most recently I was watching the ...
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How did the NBA decide on 23.75 feet for the 3-point distance?

In 1979, the NBA voted to have a 1-year trial of the 3-point line, which later became permanent. Although the ABA used a 25 foot 3-point line, the NBA used a 23.75 foot line. How was the 23.75 number ...
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Which NBA team had the shortest “longest winning streak” in a championship-winning season?

Inspired by this question: Which MLB team had the shortest "longest winning streak" in a pennant-winning season? Which NBA team had the shortest "longest winning streak" during a ...
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Why would an offense not put anyone on the free throw lane?

In the 2019 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game, with 22.5 seconds left in the second half, Texas Tech had Norense Odiase, a 62% free throw shooter, at the line for what CBS announcer ...
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What team has shortest “longest losing streak” within a season in NBA history?

Inspired by this question: What team has shortest longest losing streak within a season in MLB history? What team has shortest "longest losing streak" within a season in NBA history? Off the top of ...
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Has a Sweet Sixteen ever had all 4 top seeds in each region?

The 2019 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament came close to having all of the top 4 seeds in each region make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Only 2 teams lower than a 4-seed made it to the Sweet ...
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Was Larry Bird the first basketball player to wipe his sneakers during games?

Players wiping their sneakers during deadball periods is ubiquitous now. I remember hearing somewhere that Larry Bird started doing it, but not for any particular reason. Is he the first to make ...
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Are 10+ year contracts discouraged or prohibited in the NBA?

In 2019, Mike Trout signed a 12-year, $430 million contract. This is on the heels of Bryce Harper signing a 13-year, $330 million contract. There have been several 10-year contracts signed by baseball ...
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Who determines the teams shirt colors, and based on what?

From the games I've seen (anywhere, not only in my own country), looks like each team gets one of two colors, but couldn't find a clear pattern or how it's being determined. Are there any global ...
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Buzzer between free-throws

In the NBA, I regularly notice a short buzzer sound played between the first and the second free-throw. What's the reason for this?
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How many catastrophic shoe failures occur in college basketball?

I don't watch a lot of basketball, but I did see a game yesterday where the player's shoe tore wide open. In sports, equipment failure is certainly part of the game but in US college sports (which is ...
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NBA traveling - conflicting rules

I was watching this NBA Video Rulebook video. In it, 23 White gathers the ball after ending his dribble, establishing his left foot as his pivot foot. He then steps right-left, and the referee calls a ...
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When does the second half of an NBA game start?

I'm from Europe so it's hard for me to stay awake for the whole match, so I'm asking how much in total with commercials and time-outs, when does second half tip off?
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What is the minimum information you would expect on a basketball scoreboard? [closed]

I'm building a software scoreboard for basketball. I want to start with the absolute minimum feature set. What would that be? What are the the things that you would absolutely expect to see on a ...
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What is a field goal in basketball?

So recently I have started taking an interest in basketball after picking up a basketball video game for 3 dollars. One thing I have noticed about stats in the game is that I know what pretty much all ...
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Is there a standard (advanced?) stat in basketball for measuring player “consistency”?

Is there an accepted stat that analysts use to measure how consistent a basketball player is? Take points per game (or points per 48 min): two players with the same average scoring rates could have ...
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Future NBA Hall of Famers

Are there any models which predict how many players in the NBA are guaranteed to make it in the Hall of Fame if they retired after this season? If so, what results do those models give?
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Are goaltends called on a shooting foul?

I'm aware there is a question about blocking a shot off of a foul, but this one is concerned more about blatant goaltending off a fouled shot. Here's a scenario: Player outside the three point ...
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What's the purpose of Division Standings in NBA?

As far as I know, the NBA Divisions are subparts from the Western and Eastern conferences. I understand the impact of climbing the conference rankings as the top 8 teams in each conference receive a ...
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Why do only the NBA teams that are already up start pressing at the end of the game?

In the ends of most games, one team is ahead by a varying amount of points. When this happens, the losing team starts doing a full court man to man press. Wouldn't it be logical for both teams to ...
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In Statistics, Does a Missed Shot While Being Fouled Still Count as a Missed Shot?

During a game, players get fouled a lot, and they often throw up a shot, to try to have an opportunity to get more points. When you throw up a shot while fouled, in your game statistics, does it count ...
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What happens when OJ Mayo's two-year NBA ban expires?

It has recently been brought to my attention that OJ Mayo would like to make a return to the NBA. I was just curious about what happens after his two-year ban expires. Would he return to play for the ...
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Please explain “they'll initiate out of a down screen”

It is about basketball play and I don't understand what 'out of a down screen' is. Could anybody explain it for me please? > they gonna start off with a pick-and-roll, and then they gonna start ...
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In basketball, what does 'two for fifteen' mean?

He was raggedy as... Went two for 15. Seven points. He finished with 16 points on six of 14. I guess it is about points, but I really don't understand what they mean. Could someone explain what ...
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Possession in Basketball

I am having trouble understanding possessions in basketball as it seems like there are 3 equations. One that is (FGA+0.44*FTA+TO) and another that accounts for Offensive Rebounds found here. Lastly, ...
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Additional basketball qualification tournaments for 2020 Olympics

Helo! I would like to ask for some help in understanding how qualifications for Olympic men's basketball tournament at 2020 Olympics work. Firstly, i know that there would be 12 teams at basketball'...
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Getting trapped, and passing to self off of your opponent's backboard/rim?

So, we see how Kobe Bryant is able to hit the ball off his backboard (after getting trapped), and easily score as he catches it right under the hoop. What if you're trapped backcourt (under your ...
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Would tipped pass be a 2 or 3 pointer?

I was playing in a basketball league that follows NCAA rules. A scenario happened where we players and referees did not know the exact answer and cannot find a specific rule explanation online. My ...
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Can I bounce the ball after it is rolling in Basketball?

In Basketball, let's say I am dribbling and involuntarily the ball hit my hand wrongly and starts rolling (not bouncing). If I tap it from above and get it bouncing again, is that a double dribble? ...
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Inbound basketball passed outside the court, then dribbled in

I was watching a local college basketball game last night (SSAC) and saw something I really don’t understand, so I thought I would do some research. I’ve come up empty so far. The opposing team was ...
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Can I bounce the ball off defender to resume my dribble?

Let's say I pick up my dribble accidentally. Can I bounce the ball off the defenders leg and resume my dribble or is that an illegal move?
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Relationship between Winning Margin and Point Spread in NBA Betting

For an NBA game, I see a market for Spread and one for Winning Margin. The Spread market lists "Team A -5.5: 10/11". The Winning Margin markets lists "Team A, 6 points or more: 3/4". Shouldn't the ...
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A basketball team fields 6 players and scores 4 points before the extra player is noticed. What should the officials do

A basketball team fields 6 players, they score four points before the violation is noticed. What is the correct decision by the officials?