Basketball players come in many shapes and sizes. Each of these various sizes can be used to a player's advantage.
For a long time, basketball was closed off to only the biggest individuals at its highest levels. Throwing it into the post to let your bruiser back his/her way to the cup was the most effective form of offense. Times have changed.
The game itself has evolved, as has our understanding of what it takes to win. Foul-calling and the three pointer have been a pair of equalizers in addition to the knowledge of what it takes to succeed at smaller sizes.
It still certainly helps to be big, but now more than ever, smaller players have opportunities to compete as well.
Guards can use skill and speed
Perimeter players can be light and/or on the shorter side, while still achieving success. A great shot can go a long way in the sport of basketball. Ball-handling and passing as well. A taller player may be able to get a better view of the floor, but being lower to the ground often means improved ball-handling prowess and bounce pass options.
There are numerous examples of shorter players experiencing great success at all levels of the game. The Basketball Movement's Rob Yanders played professionally with grit and savvy rather than overpowering opponents with strength and size - though quickness and toughness helped too.
Post players aren't going anywhere
Just because it is easier to be an undersized baller does not mean that post-play is out the door. A surplus of height, or even extra (managed) weight/muscle are always an intimidating factor on the court.
The taller you are, the closer you are to the rim. Offense and defense both become a bit easier with height. The top rim-protectors have always been tall with an above-average wingspan.
Even if you are on the bigger side, but height isn't part of the equation, there are ways to succeed. The bigger you are, the more you will be able to impose your will on smaller players.
Not too big, but not too small?
You can definitely work with this too. Being somewhere in between means that you may be able to matchup with multiple positions.
A well-rounded skill set will help you to use your size on the perimeter or hang with the bigs down low.
The Basketball Movement is the ideal place to maximize your potential and learn to take advantage of your stature - no matter what that may be. Contact us to schedule some time into your Summer to step up your game with our great coaches and facility!