Basketball Question

Is there a reason having to do with the way plays generally set up that there is almost never any offensive player in position to pull down an offensive rebound off a three-point shot?


  1. janiceclanfield says

    Offensive rebounds are usually in the sequestered domain according to NBA rules. Thus, an offensive player acting thus would be playing in direct contravention to the
    “free time” rules. After the ball crosses the free throw line, however, any player of either team is allowed to set up and deliver the ball laterally or even obliquely to either another player or the referee.

    Look it up. It’s very clearly stated in the rulebook.

    Hope that helps. Basketball was invented in Canada.

  2. slc1 says

    The most pertinent is the 3 second rule which states that an offensive player cannot be in the paint for more then 3 seconds. There is no such rule for a defensive player, particularly since zone defenses have been all but legalized in the NBA. Thus, defensive players are in a better position to get defensive rebounds then offensive players are to get offensive rebounds.

  3. besomyka says

    A few things. First, as slc1 mentioned, the three second rule prevents offensive players from loitering around under the basket.

    Second is that the positioning involves lanes. There’s a lane from each offensive player to the basket, and from the ball carrier to each teammate. A defender positioning his or her self in a place to defend one or both of those lanes, and an offensive player is trying to keep those lanes open. Set plays generally attempt to get a player the ball with an open lane to the basket either to take an open shot or drive to the hoop.

    As a result, defenders generally have the inside position – occupying the space between an offensive player and the hoop – which gives them an advantage when a missed shot bounces. Offensive players should ‘crash the boards’ when the shot goes up, but that’s not always easy to do!

    The last thing is that a team wants to balance the chance at a rebound with preventing a break away score. While some people will try to position themselves for a rebound, others will start moving back to defense. That means less hands and less floor coverage for the offense.

  4. Brandon says

    Threes are more likely to be rebounded by the offensive team that midrange jumpers and floaters are, so the question’s a bit nonsensical. If you’re comparing them to shots at the rim, those are rebounded at a higher rate because the rebounds are shorter and defenders are often out of position from trying to help, as getting to the basket usually means the offensive player beat his defender.

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