This Simple NBA Defense Tactic Rattles the Offense: 3 Special Situations for Denial Pressure Defense

Here is a concept used at the NBA and professional levels that you can easily adapt for your teams at the youth, high school, and college levels.

This is a great way to rattle the offense. This can mess with the psyche of your opponent and cause them to overthink as they are not sure what to expect. This can result in some unforced turnovers with errant passes and poor decisions.

You simply play denial defense for a possession. You can do this during special situations or at random times during the game.

Here are some situations in which you might use this tactic.

1 - Deny Inbounds Passes

Some teams will deny all inbounds passes. Since the passer can't enter the court, you can ramp up your defensive pressure without having to stop dribble penetration. As a result, this can be a good time to apply more pressure. You might even use this tactic on all inbounds passes.

2 - Deny the First Pass

Some teams will deny the first pass on each possession. This can be advantageous because it disrupts offensive flow. It can force the offense out of a play. It can force the offense to start the possession from poor positions and make the possession less likely to be successful.

After that, you can drop into help defensive positions that help stop dribble penetration.

3 - Deny After a Timeout, Beginning of a Quarter, or End of Game

You can also deny at random times throughout the game such as after a timeout, beginning of a quarter, or at the end of a game.

You can even have a play call or signal to do it for one possession at random times during the game.

This can rattle the offense at random times throughout the game which can lead to turnovers and errant passes.

Solutions and Resources:

Free Ebook: The Best 11 Defense Drills - From One of the World's Top Defensive Experts

Chaotic Basketball Drill for Defense and Offense: The Whistle Drill

Defense Videos - Man to Man, Zone Defenses, and Pressure Defense


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