front·court | \ ˈfrənt-ˈkȯrt \

Definition of frontcourt 

1 : a basketball team's offensive half of the court

2 : the positions of the forwards and center on a basketball team also : the forwards and center themselves

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John Beilein entered this season without a clear answer at point guard, a frontcourt thinned out by an early NBA departure and unknown production throughout his rotation. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan holds off Florida State, 58-54, advances to eighth Final Four," 24 Mar. 2018 That's all Indiana should need from him, what with Myles Turner as the starter at center and Domantas Sabonis capable of playing both frontcourt spots. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 Magic officials look at their young frontcourt trio of rookie center Mo Bamba, Isaac and Aaron Gordon and salivate over the long-term possibilities. Josh Robbins,, "Jonathan Isaac feels more comfortable this summer," 4 July 2018 But to somewhat temper the answer to the above question, the Heat might be able to go with more wings simply because of the abilities of James Johnson and Justise Winslow to handle from the frontcourt. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Are the Heat planning to go with all-guard lineups?," 2 July 2018 The Bulldogs' thin frontcourt will be bolstered by incoming freshmen forwards Bryce Golden and Markeese Hastings. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big East men's basketball off-season stock watch: Marquette up, Villanova down," 8 June 2018 Robinson-Earl has become known for his tremendously polished 17-foot-and-in skill set that has made him a premier frontcourt prospect nationally. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Pair of Baltimore preps to visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog on Sept. 28," 8 June 2018 Huell's return gives coach Jim Larranaga another veteran player to work with in Miami's frontcourt that also includes Sam Waardenburg and Ebuka Izundu. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The NBA Draft can wait. This Cane wants to 'accomplish more than ever' at UM next year | Miami Herald," 26 May 2018 The final frontcourt spot in each conference is probably the most up-for-grabs. Staff Report, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ roundtable: Discussing Bertans’ upside in San Antonio," 19 Jan. 2018

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circa 1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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