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Basketball 101 – Important Terms to Know When Watching a Game

Founded in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, basketball has become one of the world’s most popular sports and is currently played in over 50 countries. While the common goal is fairly simple to understand – score more points than the other team – there are many terms specific to the sport that fans should know to further understand and enjoy watching the game of basketball.


Basketball is played with two teams of five players apiece. Each team consists of two guards, two forwards, and one center. In a typical professional game, the teams alternate playing offense and defense over the course of four, 12-minute quarters. The teams try to pass, dribble, and run into positions where they can score by getting the basketball into the basket. Here are a few terms to know when watching professional basketball:

  • Jump-shot – This term describes when a player jumps to shoot the ball at the basket in an attempt to score. If successful, a jump shot can be worth two or three points, depending on the distance from the basket.
  • Lay-up – A shot made close to the basket, typically considered the easiest shot in the sport
  • Rebound – When a player gains possession of the ball after a missed shot attempt
  • Screen – This refers to a blocking move used by an offensive player who is standing near an opposing player and is trying to free up a teammate so they can pass, shoot, or receive the ball to score a basket
  • Pick-and-roll – When a player sets a screen on an opposing player and then dives to the basket to receive a pass to score

Watching basketball is a great way to spend an evening at a Veranda apartment in Mount Dora, FL. To learn more about our comfortable apartment community, contact Veranda Apartment Homes today.