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Here Is Why Guards Should Practice Post Play...By - Joe Haefner
Photo credit: Keith Allison
There are only a handful of players in the world that won't run into a defensive player quick enough to stop them on the perimeter.
So there is a good chance that you'll face a lockdown defender. A defender that seems impossible to get by.
So how can you counter that?
It's quite simple...
Become a good post player.
Just like most post players have trouble defending players on the perimeter, most guards have trouble defending in the post.
This is part of the reason why Michael Jordan became unstoppable and the GOAT.
This is why players like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Gary Payton, Chauncey Billups, Andre Miller, and Sam Cassell extended their playing career into their late 30s...
Now if you can't shoot at a high percentage, handle it, or finish, you should get really good at those things first. This is geared towards serious high school, college, & pro players with a solid skill set.
Besides guards being poor defenders, here are three more reasons why you should consider improving your post play... even if your defender is a good post defender.
3 More Reasons Why You Might Want To Practice Post Play
1 - It's one of the most efficient shots in basketball.
Depending on what you look at, shooting in the low post is either the 1st or 2nd most efficient shot in NBA basketball. This is excluding free throws.
So at the youth, high school, and college level, it is probably the most efficient shot.
2 - You get more free throws... An even better shot!
When you shoot closer to the basket, you tend to get more fouls called which leads to more free throws. This happens via post play or driving to the basket.
If you include free throws, this is the most efficient shot in basketball. Even if you're only a 55% FT shooter, this is a highly effective shot.
That means you score 1.1 points every possession.
There was only one team in 2015-16 that averaged better than... The Golden State Warriors. In 2016-17, there were only five teams.
And this is why you have to be an AWFUL free throw shooter in order for coaches to employ the "Hack-A-Shaq" strategy... I'm talking less than 50%. Maybe even less than 45% at the high school level.
3 - It leads to more foul trouble for your opponent and even more scoring for you.
Getting your opponent in foul trouble can have a tremendous impact on the game.
It allows you to become more aggressive because they become more tentative.
It takes their best players off the court.
Late in the game, you get more free throws. And as mentioned in #2, even if you're a poor free throw shooter, you are still highly efficient. This means late in the game, you will tend to outscore your opponent.
Here is how to improve your post play...
If you're a parent, coach, or a super-serious player, you can check out Don Kelbick's Attack & Counter System Videos.
You can attend or observe a Post Play Camp with Don Kelbick.
You can attend or observe an Elite Guard Camp where they teach you how to score in the post.
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