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

Examples of backcourt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Smart, the opportunity for a roster shot with the Heat, or even additional time on a two-way contract in 2022-23, could come down to how the rest of the offseason plays out, with the Heat backcourt mix in flux. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 4 July 2022 That means the Blazers would be paying their backcourt of Lillard and LaVine about $90 million per season on average. oregonlive, 15 June 2022 The Suns have their All-Star backcourt of Devin Booker and Chris Paul. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2022 Wisconsin coach Greg Gard and his staff have bolstered their backcourt for next season and beyond. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2022 But even then, can a team have a starting backcourt of 6-foot (maybe) Kyle Lowry and 6-2 (maybe) Damian Lillard? Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 2 June 2022 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr shared a backcourt with Rick Brunson during their lone season with the Portland Trailblazers in 2001-02. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 May 2022 Jasmine Cox, this winter’s Boston City League MVP, shared a backcourt with Kayana Armbrister, a former Fenway foe and two-time Globe All-Scholastic who now plays at Dexter Southfield. Ethan Fuller,, 13 May 2022 Nolley brings more offense to Cincinnati's backcourt, while Indiana transfer guard Rob Phinisee and Old Dominion transfer forward Kalu Ezikpe add experience and production on both ends of the floor. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backcourt

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backcourt was in 1884

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17 Jul 2022

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“Backcourt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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