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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Jackson told Smith that his starting backcourt, of Curry and Thompson, was the best in the world. Sean Gregory/oakland, Time, "The Golden State Warriors Revolutionized the NBA. Now They Plan to Keep the Dynasty Dream Alive," 20 June 2019 One of the stars of the NCAA tournament, Culver is a good ballhandler that would pair well with Collin Sexton in the Cavaliers’ backcourt of the future. Dan Woike,, "NBA mock draft 2.0: A look at Zion Williamson and beyond," 11 June 2019 Cleveland drafted Darius Garland at No. 5, giving the Cavs the potential for a dynamic Portland-like backcourt with Collin Sexton. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "NBA draft winners and losers: Bol Bol, New Orleans Pelicans headline list," 21 June 2019 If Quinerly is eligible, the Tide would have another talented young guard within a backcourt set to be led by sophomore Kira Lewis. Matt Zenitz |,, "Alabama optimistic regarding NCAA waiver for Villanova transfer Jahvon Quinerly," 19 June 2019 Golden State and Portland had the league’s two most talented backcourts. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Late Bloomers Who Became NBA Stars," 19 June 2019 Pelicans defensive coordinator Darren Erman must be giddy at the thought of throwing the rangy Ball and sticky Holiday at opposing backcourts next season. Jeff Duncan,, "Anthony Davis trade creates endless possibilities, bright future for Pelicans," 16 June 2019 The Cavaliers possess a solid point guard in Collin Sexton and pairing him with Culver would solidify the backcourt for the next decade., "NBA mock draft 2019: Zion Williamson No. 1; Trail Blazers add a scoring forward, Oregon Ducks’ Bol Bol a lottery pick," 6 June 2019 Zellous joins a crowded backcourt that includes All-Stars Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd as well as veterans Alysha Clark, Jordin Canada, Sami Whitcomb and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm adds veteran free agent guard Shavonte Zellous," 11 Apr. 2019

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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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