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6. Defence, Defensive transition, Pressing

See YouTube skills playlists - Defence.

Defence

  • Basic
    • On the ball (ball-you-basket) - stance, slide, "dead", contest a shot ("shot"), box out
    • Jump to the ball on a pass (give and go)
    • Off-ball - ball-you-man, see ball and man (point pistols), defensive triangle (below the ball)
    • Help and recover on dribble penetration
    • Ballscreens - switch, gap
    • off-ball screens - switch, gap
    • "High-school" close-outs - sprint, break down, high hands, touch distance
  • Intermediate
    • Hot close-outs (shooters) - be there on the catch, one hand high, fly by if late
    • Cold close-outs (drivers)
    • On-ball - force or straight-up, trace the ball, ball-up ball-down, shot fake, absorb a jab step (pop off)
    • Slide, hip turn or drop step, slide and run (recover)
    • Contesting passes - backcut, weakside flash, deny a lead (v-cut, blast cut)
    • One pass away - deny or gap
    • Two or more passes away - help position, e.g., midline
    • Help on penetration
    • Post defence
      • on top, in front, below, behind
      • choke, dig or trap on post entry, rotation out of trap
    • Ballscreens - squeeze, hard hedge, trap
    • Off-ball screens - chase
    • Slip screens - don't get screened
  • Advanced
    • Ballscreens - shock high-low, force baseline (lock)
    • Taking a charge
    • Double-teams, run and jump
    • Finish the possession with a reboundup

Defensive transition

  • Basic
    • Sprint back, find checks
    • 2 on 1, 3 on 2
  • Intermediate
    • One or more safeties
    • Pick up the ball early, protect the basket
    • Jam the defensive rebounder
  • Advanced
    • Deny the outlet
    • Trap the rebounder and/or outlet
    • cross match-up (not their checks)

Pressing

  • Basic
    • Pick up checks fullcourt
    • Ball level
  • Intermediate
    • Quick trap (inbounds pass)
    • Back-tip
    • Turn, fan, funnel the ball, herding
    • Run and jump, trap from the front, turn and trap from the side
    • Trappers, interceptors, goalie
  • Advanced
    • Inbounder defender - on the ball, shortstop (face guard), rover
    • Contest reversal
    • Zone pressup


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