Hello #alleyoopers,

I don’t know about you but, when I started watching the NBA and analyst shows etc. They were saying a whole bunch of terms and phrases that I didn’t know and therefore couldn’t understand what they were saying.

So, I created this page as a reference page, if you read or hear a word you  aren’t familiar with. This is going to be gradual so not all words are here, I will also try an accompany the basketball term with a video. (Also if you have a better definition to give then, ‘post up’ on the comments).

Hope this helps, Let’s Ball.

Let’s start with the namesake of the blog


ALLEY-OOP >>>>>>>>

A designed play in which a player lobs the ball toward the basket and a teammate jumps up, catches the ball in midair, and usually dunks it.


AIR BALL >>>>>>>> 

An airball is more than just a miss. It’s a shot that misses everything… the hoop, the rim, and the backboard. It’s the basketball equivalent of a fashion model tripping on her gown and face-planting on the runway.

  • A shot must hit the rim to trigger a reset of the shot clock (an air ball doesn’t….)
  • thought the video below was a funny example to use


ASSIST >>>>>>>>

An assist is a pass to a teammate who then scores from that pass. An assist gets credited.


The successful deflection of a shot by touching part of the ball on its way to the basket and preventing a field goal.

DEFENCE >>>>>>>>

The act of preventing the offense from scoring (the team without the ball)


To move rapidly towards the basket with the ball

FIELD GOAL >>>>>>>>

When the ball enters the basket from above during play; it is worth 2 points or, 3 points if the shooter was standing behind the 3-point line

FOUL >>>>>>>>

Actions by the player which break the rules : Personal Foul or Technical Foul

Personal Foul: 

Personal fouls include any type of illegal physical contact > Hitting / Pushing / Slapping / Holding

Technical Foul:

Technical foul can involve a player or a coach can commit this type of foul. It does not involve player contact or the ball but is instead about the ‘manners’ of the game. Foul language, obscenity, obscene gestures, and even arguing can be considered a technical foul, as can technical details regarding filling in the scorebook improperly or dunking during warm-ups.

FRANCHISE >>>>>>>> 

Franchise refers to the professional team in the NBA. A ‘franchise player’ is the ‘star player’ of the team, the go to person, the person your team relies on to win, the person that people fill the arenas to see. The player that owners can build their ‘franchise’ around.

ie. Carmelo Anthony >>>> New York Knicks

Lebron James >>>> Cleveland Cavaliers

One of the best Franchise players Kobe Bryant >>>> LA Lakers

Contractually this means, ‘to avoid losing a team’s best player in free agency, owners can tag one unrestricted free agent as a “franchise player” each free-agent period.
There are two types of tags. An “exclusive” tag means the team must offer a player a one-year contract that’s worth the average of the top-five salaries at that player’s position. A “non-exclusive” tag works a bit like restricted free agency. The team must make the player a tender offer equivalent, again, to the top-five salaries at the player’s position, but the player is free to negotiate with other teams. If the player gets an offer from another team, the original team has the right to match that offer.’ (SportsChants.com)

FREE THROW >>>>>>>>

An unguarded shot taken from the foul line by the player whose opponent committed a personal or technical foul, it is worth 1 point.

POST UP >>>>>>>>

Is a basketball move, To ‘post up’ is to establish a position in the low post, the area near the basket below the foul line, usually in order to take advantage of a smaller defender.

Coming soon!

– Hook Shot

– ‘In the paint’

– Layup





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