Low Post

Basketball Low Post:
Court terminology: 1. the imaginary area in the basketball  (external link) frontcourt at the base of the foul lane to either side of and close to the basket, where the center or a power forward is often positioned. On the "block".

2. The low post is defined as the areas that are closest to the basket but outside of the free throw lane. This area is fundamental to strategy in basketball. Skilled low post players can score many points per game without ever taking a jump shot.

Basketball Low Post
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, and Akeem Olajuwon were known for their great low post play.
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3. A term referring to the area on a basketball court at the bottom of the key, typically on either side of the basket. The key is the rectangular area that encompasses the middle of the floor underneath the basket. It is often shaded and always has a semi-circle attached on the short side opposite the basket. The low post is named in contrast/opposition to the high post, which is at the top of the rectangle away from the basket.

4. The low post area is one of the most valuable spots on the court. The biggest offensive player on the court will often position himself in the low post, facing away from the basket, in order to be close to the basket. The player faces the action on the floor and not the basket because it enables him to call for the ball and see the defense react. If the player receives the ball in the low post, teams will be able to space out the floor and give the player a one-on-one opportunity to score.

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Picture a basketball court and the rectangular box on the floor in front of each basket. The area near the basket on either sides of that box, which is known as the "key," "paint" or "lane," is referred to as the low post. Players who play in the low post usually are the tallest and biggest players since that is where a lot of rebounding is done.


You might hear coaches and announcers refer to low post players playing with their "backs to the basket." This means that low post players often face away from the basket as they look to receive a pass from a teammate. Once they get the ball, low post players have options such as turning and shooting, passing the ball again or trying to put a spin move on their opponent to get a clear shot on the basket. When a low post player has the ball facing the basket, he can pull up and shoot, pass or try to move past his opponent. Often this involves a pump fake to try to get the opponent up off the floor and then a strong move around the opponent to the basket. Low post players who have some quickness and good footwork can score a lot of baskets near the hoop.

Low Post Defense

Defending a player in the low post often means denying him the ball. A good defender will play a post player closely and reach an arm out in front of the defender to try to deflect any passes to him. If the ball is below the free-throw line, you should try to be between the ball and your opponent, making a lob pass over your head the only viable option. If the lob pass is successful, you'll have a difficult time stopping your opponent from making a layup unless you get help from a teammate. Low post defenders also need to be ready to help out a teammate if there is penetration on the other side or down the middle of the lane.

Basketball Shooting: Post Moves And Drills. Coach Hal Wissel


Usually the players who are in the low post on offense are the center and the power forward, who generally are the tallest players on the team. Shooting forwards ? and shooting guards generally play away from the basket but can play in the low post, particularly if they have some height and the quickness to outmaneuver taller defenders.

Common Violations

When playing in the low post on offense, a player must be careful not to have a foot in the lane for more than three seconds unless he is battling for a rebound. Offensive players who spend more than three seconds in the lane will be called for a violation and the ball will be turned over to the other team. When defending a low post player, establish a wide stance to make it more difficult for your opponent to get around you and to back you up toward the basket. If an offensive player uses his body or arms to push you off, he should be called for a violation.

Hakeem Olajuwon - Scoring Skills

See Also: pivot - double post - high post

Spanish ~ Español - poste bajo


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