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6. Defence, Defensive transition, Pressing

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
      • stay at home, stunt, or full help (stay, recover)
      • help the helper
      • rotation to and from help
    • 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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