back·​court | \ˈbak-ˈkȯrt \

Definition of backcourt 

1 : the area near or nearest the back boundary lines or back wall of the playing area in a net or court game

2a : a basketball team's defensive half of the court

b : the positions of the guards on a basketball team also : the guards themselves a team with a strong backcourt

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Sergio Llull and Luka Doncic: the generational divide of basketball in one backcourt. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Last Best Player Not in the NBA," 30 Oct. 2018 LaVine is an ongoing experiment in the backcourt, and so is Kris Dunn. Andrew Sharp,, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 Raider freshman guard Brie Crittendon scored 15 points and fellow backcourt mate Schwartz added 14. Bryan Cooney,, "Ryle girls basketball wins Florida tournament," 3 Jan. 2018 Pierce, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and worked with Schlenk and Curry at Golden State during the 2010-11 season, was backcourt mates with Nash at Santa Clara University in the mid-1990s. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Hawks rookie Trae Young breaks out in Vegas summer league debut after early slump," 8 July 2018 Her backcourt mate, senior Kari Brekke, added 11 points and hit five of eight shots. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Girls basketball: Appleton North smothers Mukwonago, defends Division 1 state title," 10 Mar. 2018 There was Russ Smith and Peyton Siva, the starting backcourt in Louisville's national title run that was vacated from the record books by the NCAA as punishment for the Andre McGee/Katina Powell infractions case. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "2013 Louisville players take diplomatic stance on school vs. Rick Pitino," 3 July 2018 Factor in the redundancies the Celtics have with Terry Rozier and Kyrie Irving in the backcourt and Jayson Tatum, Gordon Heyward and Jaylen Brown on the wing, and no team can beat the kind of offer that Danny Ainge can make. David Murphy,, "Kawhi Leonard trade sweepstakes may get too steep for Sixers if Lakers, Celtics make best offers | David Murphy," 28 June 2018 Their quickness and speed would also create matchup problems for some opposing backcourts. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Trae Young drafted by Mavs, but you won't see him in Dallas," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of backcourt

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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