Where can I find information and statistics about basketball?

Senior Primary

(Years 5-8)

Colour photo of young basketball players playing at a tournament.

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Entry last updated: 25/05/22


Basketball is a team sport. Two teams of five players try to score points by shooting the basketball through the other team’s hoop. The ball can be bounced or passed between players. The team with the most points wins.

History of basketball

There are some great websites to find out about the history and rules of basketball.

Britannica School

This is one of the EPIC resources, which is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

  • Select the Primary level and search for the keyword ‘basketball’.

  • Select the article basketball (sport) to read about the rules and equipment of the sport.

  • Choose the article Michael Jordan (U.S. athlete) to read about one of the most famous American basketball players in the world.

  • To find further information and articles suitable for older children choose Article Reading Level 2 from the top of the page.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

FIBA International Basketball Federation

Founded in 1932, FIBA oversees 213 National Basketball Federations from all over the world. It governs the sport of basketball worldwide; promoting basketball, making rules and holding events such as the Basketball World Cup, the Olympics and other international basketball events.

This is a great website for the latest news and rankings around the world.

  • Look under the tab Rankings to see the top ranked teams for Men, Women, Boys, and Girls.

  • Select the tab Hall of Fame to find about those who had a part in making basketball what it is today.

To find the official and up-to-date rules.

  • On the homepage look down the page for About Us .

  • Select the link Basketball rules.

  • Under Document select the latest rules.

Tips: Many web pages have links to further information or to other recommended sites. Following these links is a great way to find out more. This searching method is called “pearl growing” because you are picking up pieces of sand to make a beautiful pearl!

Basketball in New Zealand

Basketball was introduced into New Zealand in 1908 and was run by the YMCA. The New Zealand Basketball Federation was formed in December 1971.

The websites below have more about the history of basketball in New Zealand.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

  • Look down the page to Sections then select Daily Life, Sport and Recreation.

  • Under Sports, you will find a link to Basketball which is about early basketball in New Zealand, including the development of the National League and international teams the Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns.

Tips: A website’s address (URL) can give you a hint about how reliable it is. Look for addresses in the results that include .govt or .edu in the URL. These are quality sites from overseas government or educational organisations.

Basketball New Zealand

Basketball New Zealand is the national body for the sport of basketball in New Zealand. Their role is to develop, grow and promote basketball and the players of the game.

Here you will find up-to-date information about matches played by the Tall Blacks and Tall Fernsand local league games played in New Zealand.

  • To find out about the current Tall Blacks or the Tall Ferns select the links found under the heading National Teams.

  • To find the results of previous years, go to Competitions then look for the Results Archive.

Basketball leagues and cups

These websites have information on some popular basketball leagues and the Basketball World Cup.

FIBA Basketball World Cup

The Basketball World Cup is held every four years with the 32 best teams in the world competing. This official site has current news, videos and photos about previous Basketball World Cup events and matches, teams, and statistics and more.

  • The tab History has a short story and results from previous World Cups since 1950.

  • You will also find the full documentary - The History of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

  • Look under the heading More and select China 2019 to link to the website and results of the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About us link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL)

This site is also run by Basketball New Zealand and is the home site of the National Basketball League (NBL) which is the premier men’s basketball league in New Zealand.

  • The home page has links to the Men's teams and the Women's teams.

  • Explore the History tab in each area to read how these teams were formed, and past men and women champions.

  • The Stats tab includes Competition stats and Live stats.

  • Under the Teams heading you will find a list of the Sal's NBL teams and names of other local teams and team members.

National Basketball Association (NBA)

This is the official site of the NBA, a popular basketball league. There are 30 teams from across North America.

  • There are links across the top of the page for all kinds of information.

  • Games has results from the latest games.

  • Select Standings to find out where different teams are placed in the league.

  • Choose Teams to get links to official pages for the different teams, their players, games, stats, and more.

  • Go to Players and select a player's name to find out more about them eg Steven Adams.


Your school library or public library will have lots of books on basketball.

Here are some suggested titles:

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