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Basketball Block Shot: With or Without Ball Control


Basketball Block Shot: With or Without Ball Control:

by Prof. Roberto Azar - September 29, 2017


• With or Without Ball Control:

A1 goes up for a shot under the basket and the defensive player B2 knocks the ball in the hands of the shooter while they are both in the air, and there is no case of foul.
A1 then let the ball fall to the ground before landing back on the court, gathers the ball up and makes a basket.


What is the call for the game and the basketball (external link) statistical tracking in case of turnover?

By definition (see our eBA Basketball Statistics Analysis Encyclopedia ) a blocked shot occurs when a defensive player successfully and legally deflects a shot from an offensive player by touching and rejecting the ball on its way to the basket, and before it has reached its highest point, in order to prevent from a field goal.



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In order to be a legal action, the  block must occur while the shot is travelling upward. It it is heading downward when the defender hits it, it is ruled a goaltending and counts as a made basket.


We have an altered shot when a blocker changes the shooter shot causing the shooter to miss the basket.

If the ball is knocked out of the offensive players hands while they are in mid air, then they regain control once they have landed, this is legal.

If the ball is forced out during the time that the player is in the air, the player regains control (while in the air) and lands, it is a travel.
eBA Basketball Statistical Tracking=
Forced Turnover.

Opponents' field goal percentage vary widely depending on which interior defender is close to the basket. Milwaukee's Larry Sanders is one of the most effective interior defenders in the league: opponents struggle to score when he is near the basket. This not the case with Boston Celtics' David Lee: when he is close to the basket, opponents score at very high efficiencies. (Click on the picture to read the full article by Adam E. Gallagher from  Tropics of Meta). In this Image: by Adam E. Gallagher from  Tropics of Meta presented by eBA Basketball Statistics Analysis Group.
Interior Basketball Defense Analitics for the NBA
Image: by Adam E. Gallagher from Tropics of Meta


If the offensive player returns to the floor, holding the ball, and the ball has never left his hands, one of two things are possible:

1) if the defensive player has only one hand on the ball, it is a travel against the offensive player.
eBA Basketball Statistical Tracking=
Forced Turnover.

2) if the defensive player has both hands on the ball it is a jump ball which will be resolved according with the alternate possession rule.

This topic is analyzed in the exposition "Basketball Steals in the Basketball Statistics Clinic at eBA ONLINE~/np~].

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Spanish ~ Español - Bloqueo en Baloncesto: Con o Sin Control del Balón


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