back·​court | \ ˈbak-ˈkȯrt How to pronounce backcourt (audio) \

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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McConnell, Ben Simmons and Redick formed a three-guard backcourt with McConnell and Simmons sharing ball-handling duties. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers-Celtics Game 5 preview: A three spree would help Philly," 9 May 2018 The 6-foot-7 forward stole the ball in the backcourt with nothing but the Blazers midcourt logo between him and the basket. Special To The Oregonian,, "R.J. Barrett powers World to 89-76 win over Bol Bol, United States at Nike Hoop Summit," 14 Apr. 2018 Long enough to defend either backcourt spot, Gilgeous-Alexander’s versatility would partner well with a more scoring-minded guard. 13. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018 Plus, there’s the concern that a Young-Devin Booker backcourt, while explosive offensively, would give up too much on the defensive end. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns need a point guard with No. 16 pick if Deandre Ayton is their top choice," 18 May 2018 The Chanticleers were ultimately undone by the Cougars' dangerous backcourt, led by Joe Chealey and Grant Riller, both of whom average more than 18 points per game. Tom Green,, "Former Auburn coach who faced College of Charleston: Tigers won't have it easy," 14 Mar. 2018 Ohio State assistant coach Scoonie Penn was a famous one-half of a dynamite backcourt in the late 1990s, teaming with future Milwaukee Bucks star Michael Redd and leading OSU to the 1999 Final Four. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "68 Degrees of Separation: a Wisconsin connection to every team in the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 The Rockets are somehow being outscored when Harden and Paul are on the court together and should be torturing other backcourts. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Houston Rockets Have a Warriors Hangover," 12 Dec. 2018 In his place steps Chris Mack, Louisville basketball's new frontman whose starting backcourt played 45.9 percent of his final Xavier team's minutes last season. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Who will start for Louisville basketball? 5 combos Chris Mack can use," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of backcourt

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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