Basketball words 31 words

Key vocabulary from the sport of basketball.
  1. backboard
    a board used to support the back of someone or something
  2. basket
    a container that is usually woven and has handles
  3. basketball
    a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
  4. basketball court
    the court on which basketball is played
  5. basketball game
    a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
  6. basketball hoop
    horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball
  7. basketball league
    a league of basketball teams
  8. basketball team
    a team that plays basketball
  9. Bill Russell
    United States basketball center (born in 1934)
  10. dribble
    flowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid
  11. dribbling
    the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
  12. dunk
    a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
  13. foul
    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
  14. foul line
    a line from which basketball players take penalty shots
  15. foul shot
    an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line; given to penalize the other team for committing a foul
  16. free throw
    an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line; given to penalize the other team for committing a foul
  17. guard
    watch over or shield from danger or harm; protect
  18. hoops
    a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
  19. James Naismith
    United States educator (born in Canada) who invented the game of basketball (1861-1939)
  20. Julius Erving
    United States basketball forward (born in 1950)
  21. jump shot
    (basketball) a player releases the basketball at the high point of a jump
  22. man-to-man
    forthright and honest
  23. netball
    a team game that resembles basketball; a soccer ball is to be thrown so that it passes through a ring on the top of a post
  24. Oscar Robertson
    United States basketball guard (born in 1938)
  25. out-of-bounds
    outside the foul lines
  26. personal foul
    a foul that involves unnecessarily rough contact (as in basketball or football)
  27. professional basketball
    playing basketball for money
  28. rebound
    spring back; spring away from an impact
  29. set shot
    a two-handed basketball shot from a stationary position
  30. slam dunk
    a forceful dunk
  31. slam-dunk
    make a slam dunk; shoot a basketball in a slam dunk