Everyone has their own style of playing ball and plays a different role on the court. Some players are there to score and others are there to defend. Let’s see what kind of ballers you’re going to see on the court next summer at Nike 3ON3!
The shooter is an offensive player on the team who usually shoots the ball very well. The shooter’s main goal is to score as many points as possible for their team and to steal the ball on defense in order to score. The shooter can score in many ways from layups to 3-pointers. The shooter must always have their eyes on the ball and look for every shooting opportunity they can.
Think Stephen Curry
The attacker’s main goal is to clear away from the defender, which gives them the opportunity to move towards the basket to score or creates the opportunity for another teammate to score. The attacker is an offensive player that typically has multiple dribble moves as well as good foot work, which allows them to clear away from the defender. The attacker must also be able to avoid the shot blocker while looking for scoring opportunities.
Think Kyrie Irving
The defender guards the basketball and prevents the attacker from passing forward, dribbling towards the basket or shooting the ball. The goal of the defender is to put pressure on and confuse the attacker in an effort to force the attacker into making a mistake. The defender must prevent scoring opportunities from the attacker and any forward movement by the offense.
Think Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Shot Blocker
The shot blocker is a defensive player who legally deflects a shot attempt from an offensive player to prevent them from scoring without fouling. The shot blocker can block a jump shot, a slam dunk and a fadeaway shot. With proper technique, blocking shots is the last line of defense against an opponent shooting the ball.
Think Anthony Davis
The rebounder is a player who retrieves the ball after a missed shot. The rebounder is either an offensive rebounder or a defensive rebounder. An offensive rebounder has an additional ball possession for another opportunity to score while the defensive rebounder receives possession for an opportunity to score. The rebounder’s job is to create more possessions for their team, which creates more scoring opportunities.
Think Dwight Howard
We can’t wait to see all of these types of ballers on the courts in 2021!