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Defense In Basketball

Defense In Basketball

Tracy Murray (12-Year NBA Veteran) gives expert video advice on: What is a 'zone defense' in basketball?; What is a 'man-to-man' defense in basketball?; What is a 'box and one' defense? and more...

What is a 'zone defense' in basketball?

A zone defense is the opposite of a man-to-man system. You play an area. You guard an area. If the ball is in your area, you have that man in your area. And a zone is usually geared to keep the ball out of the paint. And sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, depending on the movement and how hard you're working in the zone.

What is a 'man-to-man' defense in basketball?

A man-to-man defense is basically guarding your man. You have your best defender on the best offensive player, and everybody else match up and guard somebody that they can guard.

What is a 'box and one' defense?

A box and one defense is a combination of a zone and a man-to-man. You have your best defender on the best offensive player, and you will zone up in a box formation. The rest of the guys will zone up. And that's a box and one.

What is a 'triangle and two' defense?

A triangle and two will be your two best defender's either chasing one guy or chasing the best two offensive player's outside man to man with them, and the other 3 players will be in a triangle, one man up top and two on the bottom.

When should I switch off my player in a 'man-to-man' defense?

You only switch off your player in a 'man-to-man' defense, only if you communicate with your teammate. Off of a screen, or if you get beat, and your teammate that you communicated with is switching off with you, "Help! Help! Help! Switch!" That's when you switch, otherwise you stay with your man.

What does it mean to 'deny the ball' in basketball?

To deny the ball or to deny the wings is when you overplay the wings that are coming out to catch the ball even by that's coming to catch the ball, that's the next pass. That's usually high pressure defenses, they don't want the ball to advance and normally, in order to beat that is the back door pass that definitely can get you beat. So, if you deny the wings, you don't want to be at the back door.

What is a '2-3 zone defense' in basketball?

A two three zone is when you stick two people up top and three on the bottom. That means you have two people maybe free-throw line, maybe three-point line extended depending on if the other team is a great three point shooting team or not. The three guys on the bottom are, two guys on the ends are going to cover the corners and the guy in the middle is going to cover the paint.

What is a '1-3-1 zone defense' in basketball?

A 1-3-1, you have one guy at the top, three in the middle, one on the bottom. Usually the one on the bottom is running from corner to corner, the guy on top is containing everything at the top, and the guys in the middle are doing different rotations in formation of a 2-3 or a 3-2, depending on the formation or where the guys are with the ball.

What is a 'matchup zone defense' in basketball?

A matchup zone defense is like a man to man but you're in a zone. When the ball is in your area then you pressure man to man, like that's your man. That's who you're guarding. The rest of the guys are zoning up behind you.