The Defensive Drop Step Is Dead -
Do This Instead
In the video clip below from the Man To Man Defense Video, Jim Huber presents an alternative to the traditional defensive drop step.
We believe that this alternative will make you a better on-ball defender. You will be able to change directions more quickly and keep the offensive player in front of you.
Here are some key points from the video for the Quick Turn:
Keep your shoulders square to the defender when you reposition your feet.
Keep your shoulders and hips level - Minimal bobbing.
Don’t jump up - it should just be a quick turn of the feet with your feet leaving the ground minimally.
How The Pivot In The Defensive Drop Step Can Make You Slower
One issue not addressed in the video about the defensive drop step is the pivot foot. We believe that a pivot should only be used on the offensive side of the ball when it is required to avoid a traveling violation.
When you pivot, it creates friction against the ground.
Does friction make you quicker or slower? Naturally, friction slows you down. When on the basketball floor, you want to transition quickly.
The repositioning of the feet in the quick turn creates a plyometric effect which helps you explode in the opposite direction.
Also, if you study great on-ball defenders, you will notice that they use “quick turns” during the game rather than the traditional defensive drop step.
Learn How To Develop Your Defense From The Ground Up
If you are serious about learning how to develop a great man to man defense from the ground up, be sure to check out Jim Huber’s Man to Man Defense Video. It shows you step-by-step exactly how he develops his man to man defense.
Jim has had success at many levels utilizing the defensive drills and principles taught in the DVD. In 2013, he led the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in defensive points per game. This league features the top high school players in the country and many future NBA players such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, and many more.
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