Profile of different level basketball centers

K. Papadimitriou, K. Taxildaris, V. Derri, K. Mantis

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The purpose of the present study was to analyze and compare the ways that different level basketball centers started and completed their individual attempts with the ball. Seventy centers from twenty-one basketball teams (Olympic level, Al national division and B national division) were evaluated. Forty-two games were observed concerning a) centers' ball possession ways, b) centers' ball reception ways, c) ways they completed their attempt with the ball and d) the court areas in which the above attempts were conducted. Data analysis showed differences between centers in the way they started and completed their individual offensive attempts with the ball. Differences were also found in the court areas in which centers' started and completed their offensive attempts. Centers in the third level had more stationary receptions than those in the second level. Olympic level centers used more complex offensive attempts which were started and completed close to the opponents' basket. It seems that centers' offensive basketball profile is differentiated according to the competing level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-105
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Human Movement Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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