With this defense, each player is assigned to guard a particular player. Each player must try hard to stop his opponent and "guard his yard", keeping him/her from dribble-penetrating. Although it sounds individual, man-to-man is really a team defense. Every one must do his/her part. If 1 or 2 players don't play good defense, the defense will fail.
At no time should a defensive player every turn their back to the ball. Sprint down the floor on a change of possession, stopping any fast breaks. Defensive Slides Drill. A coach should focus on players’ feet sliding (rather than hopping or skipping) and players maintaining a proper defensive stance. Have fun with this drill!
Basketball Defense Fundamentals. In the game of basketball, defense is probably the least observed by those standing/sitting in the bleachers or audience stands. Since this is not much of a crowd pleaser, other players tend to ignore defense simply because they know they will not become popular because of it.
The primary objective of the game is to score more points than the opposition by putting a round ball through a circular band, called a rim. On defense, a blocked shot or a steal can lead to a fast break at the other end of the court. On offense, one quick move can result in an easy basket.
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All basketball players must learn how to defend an opponent one-on-one. The key goal of an on-ball defender: Stay between your opponent and the basket at all times. Players must learn the most effective way to defend a quick guard on the perimeter, and they must learn how to defend an opponent in the post.
The offensive player (2) tries to beat the defender (X1) down the floor. The defensive player tries to stop the ball handler from advancing the ball. After the ball handler (2) makes it to the other end, they will hand off to 4, who will be facing the same defender X1, back up the court towards player 3.
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When pressuring the basketball, the defender should trace the basketball with one hand and keep the other hand low to poke away a dribble. This is meant to be a conditioning drill too. Players should be sprinting and back-pedalling hard on every closeout.
It's also a good drill for working on pass fakes. Two players pass the ball to each other with one defensive player in the middle. The defender guards the player with the ball and tries to keep him from passing to the other player. The defender bellies up to the passer and mirrors the ball with his hands.