We are searching data for your request:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
Keep taller opponents from getting easy scores with hustle and quickness.
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images
Matching up with a player who is taller than you has some pros when defending far from the basket, but presents a matchup problem in the low post. You can use your quickness to crowd and take away your opponent's perimeter shot and steal the ball away if they try to dribble at you. Dealing with a taller player close to the basket is a tougher proposition, so do your best to establish proper defending position and play passing lanes to keep your opponent from catching a clean entry pass.
Beat your opponent down the court and be prepared to defend by the time he reaches the three-point line.2.
Stay as close as possible to a tall, skilled shooter when you guard him near the three-point line. Actively slide your feet from side to side to stay near your opponent and minimize shot opportunities.
Chop your hand downward at the ball to slap it loose as your opponent starts a shooting motion. Stripping the ball before it reaches shoulder height is more effective than trying to block a taller player's shot.4.
Raise your hands straight up and position your body as close as possible to your opponent's without fouling them during a shot attempt.5.
Wave your hand in front of your opponent's face to disrupt his view of the basket as the shot is released. Take care not to hit your opponent in the face.6.
Lunge forward to slap the ball away if a taller opponent faces you and dribbles. Aim your arm swipe for the airspace a few feet above where the ball hits the court, and time your steal attempt so that you begin reaching at the moment the ball leaves his hand for the floor.
Fronting the Post1.
To front the post, stand between your opponent and the player with the ball. Only front the post when you have a teammate positioned to help on a pass over your head.2.
Turn your torso so that it's at a 45-degree angle to your opponent.3.
Extend your near arm into your opponent's waist and extended your other arm up into the passing lane.4.
Look over your shoulder at the ballhandler.5.
Rotate around your opponent to stay between him and the ball as it is passed or dribbled around the perimeter.6.
Spin back to a normal post defense stance if the ball swings to the other side of the court or if your help defender becomes busy and can't help guard against a pass over the top.
Make contact with your opponent as far from the basket as possible.2.
Lean a bent forearm into your opponent's lower back to maintain your current position.3.
Bend your knees and crouch down if your opponent tries to push you out of position. Pushing back at a point below your opponent's center of gravity improves your chances of maintaining defensive position.4.
Call for a teammate to help if your opponent gets the ball in a good position that you can't defend alone.5.
Rotate your body toward the basket the moment a shot goes up. Spread your arms out and thrust your bottom into your opponent to box him out. Push backward with a low center of gravity to move your opponent away from the rebound.