20 Things Great Defenders Do

20 Things Great Defenders Do

  • Great Defenders take pride in deflecting passes.
  • Great Defenders have their heads on a swivel and see the entire court (always see their man and the ball).
  • Great Defenders play the pick & roll effectively – they hedge with a purpose!
  • Great Defenders delay the other team from getting into their offensive sets. They keep the offense out of rhythm and control the tempo.
  • Great Defenders pay attention to the scouting report and film sessions. They know who the other team’s best players are
  • Great Defenders are CONSTANTLY talking – they relay information quickly & efficiently.
  • Great Defenders are NOT afraid to take a charge – in fact, they embrace it.
  • Great Defenders dive on the floor for loose balls whenever the situation presents itself.
  • Great Defenders communicate when they are double-teaming or when a screen is coming.
  • Great Defenders don’t gamble. They make the right play, the easy play, the smart play.
  • Great Defenders know that THIS possession is THE most important possession of the game–regardless of time and score.
  • Great Defenders play aggressively but intelligently.
  • Great Defenders never take a play off. Resting is NOT in their vocabulary.
  • Great Defenders dictate what the offense is going to do.
  • Great Defenders approach each game thinking ‘I’m going to shut my guy down tonight.’
  • Great Defenders do not let the ball go to the middle of the floor on penetration.
  • Great Defenders understand the concept of ‘ball-you-man.’
  • Great Defenders keep the offense uncomfortable and off balance as often as they can.
  • Great Defenders understand that defense wins championships. If the other team can’t score, they can’t win.
  • Great Defenders don’t commit lazy or stupid fouls.

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