Centers:

In the infancy of the NBA, teams were built around big men with the thought that everything goes through the center. They are physically the strongest and tallest players on the floor. Offensively, they don't usually have much range on their jumpshot nor do most of them play from the perimeter. Known as the paint or low post, this is where most centers dwell as they wait for the ball to be thrown into them. Defensively, most are adequate shot blockers and intimidators. Rebounding is a must for this position as he should be near or at the top of his team. The most talented players at this position are advanced offensive players with athleticism and mobility.

Prototypes: Wilt Chamberlain, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal

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Power Forwards:

The position is referred to in playbook terms as "the four" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center in what is called the "post" or "low blocks". They play offensively with their back to the basket on offense and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward on defense in man-to-man defense.

Typically, a power forward is one of the larger players on the court, not as tall as the center but more muscular. They are usually expected to be aggressive when pursuing rebounds and score most of their points on the low post (no more than six feet (2 m) from the basket), as opposed to taking jump shots from farther away. Power forwards can be imposing presences on defense, but they usually defer to the center in terms of blocking shots and general intimidation. In the NBA, a typical power forward is between 6'8" and 7'0" (2.03 to 2.13 m) in height and 230 to 260 pounds (105 to 120 kg) in weight, and is often asked to play center in specific game situations or when a particular team lacks a taller player.
Sources: Wikipedia.com, May 2006

Prototypes: Bob Pettit, Karl Malone, Dwight Howard

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Small Forwards:

Usually the best all around player on the team one; who is able to do a number of things such as rebounding, passing, scoring, and defending. But despite all these abilities, the small forward is not commonly strong in any one particular area. Just as the shooting guard of today's game has redefined and expanded the role and responsibilities of small forwards, many have now become point forwards, who virtually handle the ball and set up the offense in situations where the team's point guard isn't as talented or simply has another role on the team.

Prototypes: Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Lamar Odom

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Shooting Guard:

Commonly known as the 2-guard or off guard, he is generally the most gifted scorer and the teams premier athlete. Thanks to evolution of the game (with the 3-point shot and the faster paced games) the shooting guard has developed into one of the most talented positions. Although they are not required to be the offensive leader that point guards are, a solid shooting guard must be able to effectively pass to the open man or drive and dish out to shooters. They are also able to aid the team in rebounding.

Prototypes: Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Kobe Bryant

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Point Guards

The point guard position is one of the most important positions in all of team sports. Just like a Quarterback in football, a point guard's main responsibilities are to run the offense and be the vocal leader on the floor. Point guard must in the purest sense be an extension of the coach. He must create balance and control in order for his team to succeed. He is usually one of the smartest players, able to recognize important match-ups that are in his team's favor and determine the opposing team's defenses.

Prototypes: Magic Johnson, Bob Cousy, Isiah Thomas

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