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- How to Beat a 2-3 Zone: What's the most accepted strategy for beating a 2-3 zone defense?
- How to Break a Trap: If you're trapped in the backcourt, what's your best move?
- Setting a Pick-and-Roll Screen: If you're setting the pick, how should you react to a defender who's overplaying?
- Breaking the Press: How do you best take on a full-court press and get the ball over the half-court?
- Beating Man-to-Man Pressure: How do you get on the same page as your teammates when facing an aggressive man-to-man defense?
- Where Should You Trap the Ball-Handler?: Where on the court is the best place to execute a trap?
- Defending at the End of a Tight Game: Up 3 with time winding down...do you foul?
- The Best Way to Strip the Ball: How can you go for a strip without getting whistled for the foul?
- Recovering a Loose Ball on the Floor: What's the best thing to do when you steal the ball on the floor?
- Saving the Ball From Going Out of Bounds: If you're falling out of bounds trying to save the ball, what's the best strategy?
- Offensive Rebounding of Free Throws: What's the best way to ensure possession off a missed free throw?
- Positioning for an Offensive Rebound: How can you position yourself up for a crucial offensive rebound?
- Protecting Your Rebound: How do you make sure your rebound isn't stripped away by an aggressive opponent?
- Inbounding After a Made Basket: Where's the best place on the baseline to inbound the ball?
- How to Feed the Post: What's the correct way to feed the ball inside?
- Passing Against a Zone Defense: How should you approach passing when playing against a zone defense?
Fast Break Scenarios
- Point Guard's 3-on-1 Fast Break Options: How do you take advantage of the numbers in a 3-on-1 fastbreak?
- Fast Break Options From the Wing: If you're on the wing during a 3-on-2 fast break, what's your best option to get the ball?
- Starting the Fast Break: Where should the point guard set up to receive an outlet pass?
- Defending a 2-on-1 Fast Break: What's the lone defender supposed to do in a 2-on-1 fast break?
The Classic Plays
- The Pick-and-Roll: A play used every night in the NBA because it's so hard to defend. See for yourself why it's a favorite for basketball teams.
- The Give-and-Go: Catch defenders napping at all levels with this simply executed play.
- The Back Door: Executed properly, the back door is one of the easiest ways to get an easy layup.
- The Drive-and-Kick 3-Pointer: Used effectively, the drive-and-kick gives your team plenty of open looks from 3-point range.
- Polish Your Jump Shot: Keep these fundamentals in mind an improve your jump shot instantly.
- Fundamentals of the 3-Point Shot: Learn the basic tips that will have you shooting 3-pointers better than ever.
- Perfect the Pull-Up Jumper: Work on your pull-up jumper and become a dangerous ball-handler no defense wants to deal with.
- Fundamentals of the Free Throw: Free throws are a high percentage shot, but only if you keep these fundamentals in mind.
- Execute a Perfect Layup: Practice these simple tips for layups and make sure you don't miss the easy ones.
Ball Handling Tips
- The Crossover Dribble: One of the most effective ways to create space between you and the defender. Here are tips for developing a super crossover.
- Passing on the Move: Uptempoed offense usually make passes on the move. Here's the best way to do it.
- The Speed Dribble: Work on moving fast while dribbling the rock with this easy drill.
- Fundamentals of the Chest Pass: Get a refresher course and touch up your skills on the most common pass in basketball.
- Shooting Off the Dribble: A good shooter has to be able to get an accurate shot off the dribble. Here is a breakdown of how to do that.
- Man-to-Man Defense: The most popular type of defense in basketball. Here are seven tips for being a lockdown man defender.
- The 2-3 Zone: The staple of perennial college basketball power Syracuse, find out how to make this zone defense tough for any team to take on.
- The 1-2-1-1 Full-Court Press: Turn up the heat on your opponent and force turnovers strategically with this breakdown.
- Motion Offense: This flexible offense is very productive with practice. Learn the keys to executing this offense perfectly.
- Flex Offense: This offense relies heavily on passing, screening and discipline to get good looks inside.
- Zone Offense: Attack a zone defense the right way by forcing defenders to collapse. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of how to do that.
- End-of-Quarter Play No. 1: Need one last bucket? This play uses double screens to get open looks for your best shooters.
- End-of-Quarter Play No. 2: This quick play sets up a short jumper for a post player, with a three-pointer as the backup plan.
- End-of-Quarter Play No. 3: With the seconds winding down, this play gives the point guard two passing options for a good look from three-point land.
- Out-of-Bounds Play No. 1: Make sure your best shooter has the ball with this flexible play.
- Out-of-Bounds Play No. 2: Use your post players as screens and get a couple of options for a long-range shot.
- Out-of-Bounds Play No. 3: A number of timely passes can give your shooter a chance from outside or your post player a look inside.