Defense is one of the most important components when it comes to becoming a winning team/teammate in basketball. In order to gain the experience needed to defend your team effectively you need to spend a lot of time working on basketball defense drills.
Work must first start with each individual players practicing defense fundamentals. Once the player has a solid grasp of these techniques, it is time to work on team strategies and basketball workout plan. These practices need to be worked on everyday basis during training so that defense becomes second nature to the team. As a player it is important to add as much value to your game as possible, it will increase the teammates’ and coaches’ trust in your abilities and increase your time on the court. Practicing defense drills will make your game statistics more consistent.
The best type of drills for a beginner are those that use cones to help the player work on closing out, back pedaling, defensive slides and body control techniques such as remembering to open out your hips when changing directions and turning. These simple and repetitive drills improve body conditioning, quickness and footwork. There are many variations of cone drills for defense; most place cones at the top of the key, each end and each mid-court sideline. Players start by facing the baseline, they use basic stance and slide techniques to move towards each cone, when they reach the final cone they must sprint back to the baseline. A player can also carry out these lane slides while dribbling which helps to simplify defensive slide actions and closeout movements, alongside helping the player to control the pressure of the ball so as not to lose control when in the stance.
One on one drills are ideal for the intermediate players. These kind of drills also help to consolidate the position of the opposite player and give the defender an opportunity to test newly acquired skills on an opponent. In one on one drills, the player with the ball starts at the top of the key and tries to make moves on the defender. The defender’s job is to stop the offense, box out and then get the rebound. It is helpful to pair up post players with post players and guards with guards.
Drills such as the Hawk defensive works on developing the players’ ability to guard from the wing position, while close out drills are designed to help the player to fill the gap, recover over to their man and then defend effectively without fouling. A drill that players always enjoy is the one on one spot triple threat defense drill. This drill allows players to play from anywhere on the court and gives them a chance to score and become stronger while the ball is in their possession. For the more advanced players, one on one drills such as the middle hawk builds upon existing skills and then goes to work on getting the player to guard the ball from the top of the key as well as being able to keep the basketball out of the paint. Cones can also be used for advanced players but are usually designed around building body conditioning and strengthening ball control.