Basketball drills for defense

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4-4
  • Attacker with ball may not put a foot in the Bucket.
  • Attacker may only shoot 3-pointers when free.
  • 1 point for foot in the Bucket and 1 point if 3-point shot hits the hoop.
  • After 20 seconds, interception or point of attackers switch attack-defense.

See the diagram below.
  • Depending on the number of players on your team, make three or four lines along the baseline and the same number of lines just above the free throw line.
  • Each player along the baseline has a ball and goes to the perimeter player.
  • First 3 quarters: sprint
  • Last quarter: slides - 1 hand high for defending the shot
Finish high dribble so force towards baseline.

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  • 2 players start at the head of the paint.
  • Between them is a chair with a ball.
  • They first sprint to the baseline, the first to the ball may attack in the paint.
  • Continues until there is a score.
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Players will stand offense and defense, facing each other on the three-point line.
  • Then an alternating 1 vs 1 situation is started.
  • Offense is going to provoke the defense through jab steps, pump fakes and other feints.
  • Only when the defender steps on the wrong leg, steps up from his defense before the shot or when there is no reaction, a shot may be fired/passed to score.
The goal of the exercise is to read your defense better and not to lose your triple threat by dribbling immediately.
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  • Players distribute to the bucket.
  • Opposite them will be defenders.
  • Attackers are going to take care of 8 to 10 passes -straight- while defense tries to get in between.
  • Attackers are allowed to make in outs but no screens. So they really stay on their own position.
  • The attacker with the ball is allowed to make 1 dribble to get the ball to his teammate and make a good pass.
  • After 8 to 10 well-crafted passes there is a scoring attempt after which offense and defense will switch.
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  • Start with 3 on the 123 spots.
  • Ball is on the 1.
  • Read and react to own option.
  • Later add 2 defenders, ball at defender mat pass to attackers.
  • For delay, attackers must have passed 1 first.
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5 attackers and 5 defenders.
  • Defenders stand as a zone and start communicating where the ball is and who has the ball.
  • Player opposite the ball makes a closeout, the rest move so that they are in the direct pass line or are a good help side.
  • Attackers may take 1 step to pass and overhead passes are allowed.
This drill is really about communication.
After 10/15 passes, a shot may be attempted and communication is also important here. 
SHOT must be called so that a good boxing out occurs.

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  • Players will play 3vs3
  • Are set screens to be released.
  • This will be resolved by:
  1. Communication.
  2. Hedge placing.
  3. Creating window for your teammate.
  4. Fighting over the screen.
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Players stand 2 by 2 at pawns. 
Outer has the ball and the inner must accelerate and catch up to stop the finish.
After a scoring attempt, switch and attack slides run with defender dribbling the ball up. 
Have them challenge each other and keep the dribble deep.
They do this on both baskets so they run laps.

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