Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players score points by shooting (throwing) a ball through an elevated hoop located on either side of the rectangular court. To advance the ball down the court, players must bounce the ball (dribble) or pass it to a teammate. Points can be earned by shooting a three-pointer (behind the three-point line), a two-point field goal (anywhere not beyond the three-pointer), or a one-point foul shot (after the referee determines a foul). Basketball requires considerable skills related to teamwork, accuracy, ball handling, speed, agility, size and strength. Basketball has become one of the world’s most popular sports.

How long is a basketball game?

The average NBA basketball game lasts between two and two and a half hours. Although there are only 48 total minutes of time on the clock in an NBA game, the regulation time is stopped often for fouls, timeouts, and when the ball is out of bounds.

What is a triple double in basketball?

A triple-double in basketball is a term used to describe the impactful performance of a player that achieved a double-digit number in three of the five statistical basketball categories of points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots.

How many periods are in basketball?

College basketball games are played with two 20 minute periods, while professional NBA basketball games consist of four quarters of 12 minutes each.

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6’0” | 1.83 m
June 7, 1975
Allen Iverson
183.000
1975.00
129000
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Allen Iverson
6’10” | 2.08 m
March 11, 1993
Anthony Davis
208.000
1993.00
578000
3D
Anthony Davis
9.43”-9.51” | 24-24.2 cm
Basketball
24.200
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6'9" | 2.06 m
February 12, 1934
Bill Russell
206.000
1934.00
82000
3D
Bill Russell
6’8” | 2.03 m
May 29, 1984
Carmelo Anthony
203.000
1984.00
489000
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Carmelo Anthony
6’6" | 1.98 m
February 20, 1963
Charles Barkley
198.000
1963.00
176000
3D
Charles Barkley
6’1" | 1.85 m
May 6, 1985
Chris Paul
185.000
1985.00
287000
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Chris Paul
6’2” | 1.88 m
July 15, 1990
Damian Lillard
188.000
1990.00
206000
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Damian Lillard
7’0” | 2.13 m
June 19, 1978
Dirk Nowitzki
213.000
1978.00
83000
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Dirk Nowitzki
6’4” | 1.93 m
January 17, 1982
Dwyane Wade
193.000
1982.00
294000
3D
Dwyane Wade
6’11" | 2.11 m
December 6, 1994
Giannis Antetokounmpo
211.000
1994.00
472000
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Giannis Antetokounmpo
5’9” | 1.75 m
February 7, 1989
Isaiah Thomas
175.000
1989.00
471000
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Isaiah Thomas
6’5” | 1.96 m
August 26, 1989
James Harden
196.000
1989.00
419000
3D
James Harden
6’8” | 2.03 m
March 3, 1998
Jayson Tatum
203.000
1998.00
160000
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Jayson Tatum
6'7" | 2.01 m
September 14, 1989
Jimmy Butler
201.000
1989.00
307000
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Jimmy Butler
7’0” | 2.13 m
March 16, 1994
Joel Embiid
213.000
1994.00
207000
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Joel Embiid
7’2” | 2.18 m
April 16, 1947
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
218.000
1947.00
139000
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
6'7" | 2.01 m
June 29, 1991
Kawhi Leonard
201.000
1991.00
1400000
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Kawhi Leonard
6’10” | 2.08 m
September 29, 1988
Kevin Durant
208.000
1988.00
1100000
3D
Kevin Durant
6’11" | 2.11 m
May 19, 1976
Kevin Garnett
211.000
1976.00
61000
3D
Kevin Garnett
6’6” | 1.98 m
August 23, 1978
Kobe Bryant
198.000
1978.00
393000
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Kobe Bryant
6'9" | 2.06 m
December 7, 1956
Larry Bird
206.000
1956.00
144000
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Larry Bird
6'9" | 2.06 m
December 30, 1984
LeBron James
206.000
1984.00
1810000
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LeBron James
6'7" | 2.01 m
February 28, 1999
Luka Dončić
201.000
1999.00
478000
3D
Luka Dončić
6'9" | 2.06 m
August 14, 1959
Magic Johnson
206.000
1959.00
203000
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Magic Johnson
6’6" | 1.98 m
February 17, 1963
Michael Jordan
198.000
1963.00
499000
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Michael Jordan
7’0” | 2.13 m
February 19, 1995
Nikola Jokić
213.000
1995.00
135000
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Nikola Jokić
7’0” | 2.13 m
August 5, 1962
Patrick Ewing
213.000
1962.00
67000
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Patrick Ewing
6’3" | 1.91 m
November 12, 1988
Russell Westbrook
191.000
1988.00
496000
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Russell Westbrook
7’1” | 2.16 m
March 6, 1972
Shaquille O’Neal
216.000
1972.00
327000
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Shaquille O’Neal
6’3" | 1.91 m
March 14, 1988
Steph Curry
191.000
1988.00
431000
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Steph Curry
6’3" | 1.91 m
February 7, 1974
Steve Nash
191.000
1974.00
76000
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Steve Nash
6’11" | 2.11 m
April 25, 1976
Tim Duncan
211.000
1976.00
82000
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Tim Duncan
7’1" | 2.16 m
August 21, 1936
Wilt Chamberlain
216.000
1936.00
145000
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Wilt Chamberlain
Yao Ming
107000
7’6” | 2.29 m
September 12, 1980
Yao Ming
229.000
1980.00
107000
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Yao Ming
6’6" | 1.98 m
July 6, 2000
Zion Williamson
198.000
2000.00
848000
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Zion Williamson
Yao Ming
Scaled comparison drawings of Yao Ming and related basketball players

Yao Ming was born in Shanghai, in 1980. He began playing basketball as a child, and joined the junior team of the Shanghai Sharks aged 13. The Houston Rockets signed Yao Ming - Yao became the first international player to be selected first pick of the draft. He played for the Rockets for eight seasons, before being forced to retire due to injuries. Due to his success in the United States, Yao Ming has become one of the most popular athletes worldwide, especially in his home country of China. In 2009, he purchased his former team, the Shanghai Sharks. He completed a degree in economics in 2018.

Yao Ming played the center position at a height of 7’6” (2.29 m).

Set of illustrations of Yao Ming in various poses measured with overall height
Yao Ming was born in Shanghai, in 1980. He began playing basketball as a child, and joined the junior team of the Shanghai Sharks aged 13. The Houston Rockets signed Yao Ming - Yao became the first international player to be selected first pick of the draft. He played for the Houston Rockets.

Yao Ming played the center position at a height of 7’6” (2.29 m).

Set of illustrations of Yao Ming in various poses measured with overall height
Yao Ming
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7’6” | 2.29 m
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Positions: Center

Years Active: 1997–2011

Birthday
September 12, 1980

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Yao Ming standing, shooting, dribbling

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Basketball
Dimensioned drawing showing the circumference and diameter of a professional Basketball

Basketball sizes come in variations for different ages, genders, and level of play. The official NBA and competitive professional basketball is 29.5” | 74.9 cm in circumference with a diameter between 9.43”-9.51” | 24-24.2 cm. Professional basketballs must be inflated to a pressure between 7.5-8.5 PSI and cannot exceed the maximum weight of 22 ounces. When choosing a basketball, consider whether the play environment will be primarily outdoor or indoor because indoor basketballs perform best as full-grain leather constructions and outdoor basketballs are better as rubber.

Basketball sizes come in variations for different ages, genders, and levels of play. The professional NBA basketball is 29.5” | 74.9 cm in circumference with a diameter between 9.43”-9.51” | 24-24.2 cm. Basketballs have a pressure between 7.5-8.5 PSI and cannot exceed a weight of 22 ounces.

Basketball
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Circumference: 29.5” | 74.9 cm
Diameter: 9.43”-9.51” | 24-24.2 cm
Pressure: 7.5-8.5 PSI
Weight: 22 ounces (maximum)
Material (Indoor): Full-grain leather
Material (Outdoor): Rubber

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Anthony Davis
Height comparison drawing of Anthony Davis compared to other basketball players

Many say he stands next to Michael Jordan because he plays better in playoffs than in a regular season, but Anthony Davis is no newcomer and neither is he an underdog. The LA Lakers power forward also plays the center position, was groomed at the University of Kentucky where he received an honoree and three awards. Overall, he has been a seven-time NBA All-Star, three-times NBA All-Defensive Team, and also a three-time All-NBA First Team. He also received a gold medal after participating in the 2012 Olympics. Known as “The Brow,” Davis has also played for the New Orleans Pelicans and is noted to have the second-longest wingspan.

Anthony Davis plays the power forward and center positions at a height of 6’10” (2.08 m).

Collection of drawings of Anthony Davis measured with overall height
Many say he stands next to Michael Jordan because he plays better in playoffs than in a regular season, but Anthony Davis is no newcomer and neither is he an underdog. The LA Lakers power forward also plays the center position, was groomed at the University of Kentucky where he received an honoree.

Anthony Davis plays the power forward and center positions at a height of 6’10” (2.08 m).

Collection of drawings of Anthony Davis measured with overall height
Anthony Davis
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Positions: Power forward, center

Years Active: 2012—

Birthday
March 11, 1993

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Anthony Davis standing, shooting, dribbling, dunking

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Dirk Nowitzki
Illustrated diagram comparing the height of Dirk Nowitzki to other basketball players

If you are looking for the best forwards in NBA and European basketball history, then you find out more about the former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks’ player Dirk Werner Nowitzki. The German played either the small forward and center positions, winning the NBA MVP award and also the NBA Finals MVP award. He is a fourteen-time All-Star and twelve-time All-NBA Team Member besides winning bronze for the German national basketball team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. Dirk also won silver in the 2005 EuroBasket and was a franchise player for the Mavericks from 2004 to 2019. Dirk is confident, assumes a low-key profile, and loves reading and the saxophone.

Dirk Nowitzki played the power forward and center positions at a height of 7’0” (2.13 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Dirk Nowitzki in multiple poses measured with overall height
If you are looking for the best forwards in NBA and European basketball history, then you find out more about the former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks’ player Dirk Werner Nowitzki. The German played either the small forward and center positions, winning the NBA MVP award and NBA Finals MVP.

Dirk Nowitzki played the power forward and center positions at a height of 7’0” (2.13 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Dirk Nowitzki in multiple poses measured with overall height
Dirk Nowitzki
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Positions: Power forward, center

Years Active: 1998-2019

Birthday
June 19, 1978

Drawings include:
Dirk Nowitzki standing, shooting, dribbling, dunking

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Chris Paul
Illustrated diagram comparing the height of Chris Paul to other basketball players

The NBA recognizes Chris Paul for several things. First, for being among the world’s highest-paid athletes. Second, his love for playing point guard only, and third, not playing up-tempo but preferring the half-court. The Oklahoma City Thunder player has two Olympic gold medals, has won the NBA All-Star Game MVP award and NBA Rookie of the Year Award. In high school, he took the McDonald’s All-American award. Besides his on-court achievements, Chris has been the President of the National Basket Players Association. All these he achieved by being relentless, combined with his entrepreneurial and family-oriented spirit. Chris has played for the Rockets, LA Clippers, and New Orleans Hornets.

Chris Paul plays the point guard position at a height of 6’1" (1.85 m).

Set of illustrations of Chris Paul in various poses measured with overall height
The NBA recognizes Chris Paul for several things. First, for being among the world’s highest-paid athletes. Second, his love for playing point guard only, and third, not playing up-tempo but preferring the half-court. The Oklahoma City Thunder player has two Olympic gold medals.

Chris Paul plays the point guard position at a height of 6’1" (1.85 m).

Set of illustrations of Chris Paul in various poses measured with overall height
Chris Paul
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6’1" | 1.85 m
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Positions: Point guard

Years Active: 2005—

Birthday
May 6, 1985

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Chris Paul standing, shooting, dribbling

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