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Basketball Terms You Need To Know To Be An Expert  

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List Rules Vote up the words and phrases that are most important for understanding basketball

Basketball terms and phrases can be hard to understand when casually watching a game or in the early stages of one’s fandom. Some NBA slang will extend beyond just knowing the positions played by LeBron James or Stephen Curry or the names of the stats they accumulate.

Phrases related to basketball can range from the basic to insider, NBA slang, but they are all things fans should know to become experts. Whether you're using these terms on the court, at home with your friends, or just listening to a game on TV or the radio, all the NBA jargon below will be helpful in keeping your conversation flowing. 

So pass the rock and give yourself a triple double by voting up the terms related to basketball that will be most useful for people just getting to know the sport or for basketball fans who need a primer.

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Air Ball
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Definition: A missed shot that does not touch the rim or any part of the basket

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Double Double
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Definition: The stat line of a player reaching double digits in two statistical categories such as points and rebounds or points and assists, etc.

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Alley-Oop
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Definition: The play of one teammate passing the ball and another catching and dunking perfectly

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Swish
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Definition: A shot that goes in the net without touching the rim or basket, thus making a "swish" sound

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