Part 1 of a 3 Part Series
In today’s basketball space, the term “3 and D” is talked about as a player that can knock down an open 3 and help their team’s spacing on offense as well as being a lockdown defender on the defensive end.
When a person observes the current landscape of grassroots basketball, from our Skill Trainers to Youth Coaches, the proper shooting technique is often the hottest topic. Scroll through Instagram and you will find tons of information like:
What angle is the elbow when my player shoots the ball?
Are their feet, hips, and shoulders square to the rim?
1,2 Shooter or Hop Shooter?
One scroll through Instagram can give me 10 different ways to shoot the basketball.
Yet, you will rarely, if EVER see a post on how to defend. At the high school level, your team may be doing shell drill every other day, which has a purpose, but how often are the 5 players on the offensive end standing on the perimeter just reversing the ball back and forth in a game? Is that really helping you play and more importantly, WIN?
So ask yourself, as a basketball player, fan, parent, or coach, what makes a great defender? Is it steals?
If your son or daughter steals the ball 3 times in an AAU game at your local high school gym, but lets their player blow past them 3 times (Point of Attack LOSS) in one half, was that a good defensive half? How do you measure it? Do you care enough to measure it?
Here at Point Blank Period, we have 5 Rules on How to Win the POA at an 85% or higher clip, which we hold as gospel to our Coaches, Parents, and Players.
Rule Number 1: Be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE, in a lead foot stance at the POA.
When you get to higher-level basketball, whether that be Varsity High School, College, or Professional, if you are in a squared stance, and WAITING for your player to drive, you are what the kids today call “Cooked”.
In the clip below, see Daniel House Jr playing on the perimeter against Steph Curry. House Jr is WAITING in a SQUARED STANCE for Curry to make his move. Against one of the best ball handlers and players in the NBA, there is no chance that House Jr can stay in front of Curry.
Be on the lookout for Blog Parts II and III as I dive deeper into the POA and the “Gospel” Rules 2 through 5 of how to be a great perimeter defender.