Are basketball players the best athletes?


What does it mean to call a certain sport “the best”? In this instance, it involves discussing inherent aspects of a certain game that make it more enjoyable to any given athlete, as compared to another sport. Basketball, which was first played in 1891 with peach baskets and no dribbling, combines the ideal amount of necessary raw physical attributes—height, strength, speed, agility, power, etc.—with the necessary skills—shooting, dribbling, passing, etc. So many areas of the game involve utilizing strength and power, such as rebounding, scoring in the post, and protecting the paint, while others involve extreme finesse and acquired skill, such as ball handling, jump shooting, and passing. Overall, basketball has the widest range of physicality and contact level in all respects.


Here are some reasons that support why basketball players are the best athletes..


Basketball is more varied, Basketball players combine a wide range of athletic abilities. While hockey and soccer players might be faster, and football players might be stronger, it can be argued that basketball players are better all-around athletes. After all, they demonstrate great endurance as they run up and down the court, playing both offense and aggressive defense. They’re strong, and possess an impressive amount of speed and agility. And, of course, they possess amazing jumping ability. The wide range of their athletic abilities makes them the most versatile athletes in sports, thus the best athletes.

The air-effect, Basketball players demonstrate most of their athletic abilities while in the air. This might be stating the obvious since its basketball we`re talking about, but the more you think about it, the more you understand how being airborne makes everything harder. It’s not just their jumping ability; basketball players also need to be agile, creative and demonstrate flexibility while in mid-air, especially since, most of the time, there’s a 7’2’’ center jumping between them and the basket. They also need to aim and score, block shots and make physical contact, all within seconds while off the ground, when they’re most vulnerable.

Basketball allows for more creativity than baseball or football because of the range of playing styles, there are so many areas of the game to personalize, like shooting form, ball-handling moves, defensive style, court vision, and more. In baseball, the only real space to get creative is in swinging a bat, and in football, it’s even more difficult to personalize different skills. In soccer, you can’t customize much at all, and hockey only really allows for skating and shooting in different ways. Because of this unique combination and plethora of physical traits and skills, basketball allows for the athlete to customize, to personalize his or her unique style of play. 


Take away tip

As long as you know how to dribble the ball and shoot, you can already play the basics of the game. Dribbling is so easy to learn, you can even learn it by just watching how it is done. Shooting is also easy to perform, although you need a lot of practice to hit it like the pros. Simply throw the ball into the ring and watch it sink in. Another one is defense. Who says that playing defense is difficult? If you are playing against a good player, maybe it is. However, its fundamentals are easy to execute. You just have to stand in front of a player, use your body to block his way, and use your arm in a legal way to prevent him from shooting or passing the ball.

Q&A: Why do you think basketball players are the best athletes?


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