To work one-on-one, starting from a static position. This forces the offensive player to use their footwork to create space from a crowded position and protect the ball.
- Make two lines of players: one at half court (attackers), the other one at the baseline (defenders). Defensive players have a ball.
- Player 1 starts dribbling, stops just out of the three point line, puts the ball on the floor and gets in a defensive stance.
- At the same time, player 4 runs to the same spot, picks up the ball and plays 1 on 1.
- Both players can rebound a missed shot and shoot again to a score.
- When a basket has been made or when a given number of shots have been taken, players switch lines and roles.
- The defender must negate open shots (including three pointers) and contest any drive to the basket.
- The attacker has to create an advantage (using a shot fake or a drop step) to beat the defender.
- Protect by ripping the ball high or low (keep the ball “out of the box” where the defender can reach it).
- When a shot occurs, box out and fight for the rebound.
- Use a proper defensive stance and footwork.
- Coaches can apply their own defensive philosophy
- More competitive: when the attacker scores, the defensive player returns to the same line (no switch) and he’ll play defensively again.
- Limit the number of dribbles the attacker can use, or set a time limit.
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