It will not take long for you to become a fan of basketball. All it takes is watching a couple of exciting NBA games to get hooked.
But if you are new to the world of basketball, you should know the following eight things about the NBA so that you can follow games in detail and choose a team to support.
1. What is the NBA?
The NBA is short for the National Basketball Association, which is the leading professional basketball league in North America.
The league was founded under the name of the Basketball Association of America in New York in 1946. It changed its name to the National Basketball Association in 1949.
2. How many teams compete?
The NBA comprises thirty teams throughout the U.S. and Canada.
There are Western and Eastern conferences, each of which has fifteen teams. In each conference, there are three divisions, making six in total.
The Western Conference is made up of the Northwest, Southwest, and Pacific divisions while the Eastern Conference consists of the Central, Atlantic, and Southeast divisions.
3. How many games are there in a regular season?
A regular NBA season consists of eighty-two games.
The top eight teams from the Western and Eastern conferences advance to the postseason.
4. How many players do teams have?
NBA teams place five players on the court at any given time.
Although players are assigned specific positions, there is no requirement for a certain number of positions to be present on the floor.
The five positions are Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Small Forward, Power Forward, and Center.
During a game, any of a team’s five players who are on the court can be substituted with players on the bench. By rotating players, games can become more strategic.
Learn more about the best current players by checking out the top NBA draft picks for the upcoming season.
5. What points are given in an NBA game?
Teams can score either one, two, or three points with each shot.
One point is awarded for free throws, which players are awarded after a player fouls while shooting. Two points are awarded for any shot that is made inside the three-point line and three points are awarded for any shots made beyond the three-point line.
6. How long is an NBA game?
NBA games last for forty-eight minutes.
Each game is divided into four quarters. There is a break after the first two quarters. At the end of the four quarters, the team that has the highest number of points wins the game.
A five-minute overtime session decides the winner if there is a tie at the end of the four quarters. If there is still a tie after those five minutes, the teams continue to play until one team is ahead on points.
And during a game, the clock can stop for various reasons, such as a foul being committed or a player stepping out of bounds with the ball.
7. Where can you get reliable NBA news?
Once you get into NBA basketball and have chosen a team to support, you are sure to want to keep up to date with all the latest rumors and news.
The Inquisitr NBA section is one of the best places to learn about all the latest NBA rumors.
8. Which team should you support?
You will get more out of watching a game when you have a team to support.
Most fans in North America support their local teams, but it’s ultimately up to you which team you choose to follow.
Some of the best teams at present include the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the Phoenix Suns.