Discover how to slow down two of today's most commonly-used offenses in basketball!
- Utilize pack line principles to defend the dribble drive motion offense and other 4-around-1 offenses
- Get breakdown drills to teach defensive movements and help players overcome old/bad habits
- Learn how Coach Otzelberger neutralizes ball screen offenses with sound fundamentals
with T.J. Otzelberger,
UNLV Head Men's Basketball Coach;
former South Dakota State University Head Coach;
2018 Summit League Coach of the Year; 2018 Summit League Regular Season Champions;
former Assistant Coach at Iowa State University and the University of Washington
Two of the most popular offensive schemes run in today's game are the dribble drive motion offense and the ball screen offense. These offenses have caused many coaches nightmares when wondering how to defend them properly. Coach T.J. Otzelberger covers the ways in which his team guards the dribble drive and the ball screen in this on-court presentation.
At the core of how Otzelberger defends dribble drives and ball screens is his philosophy on defense. He answers the following questions that must be addressed:
- Are we going to influence to the sideline or the middle?
- Where is our point of pick-up going to be?
- How are we going to build in our help defense around that?
Otzelberger explains the reasoning behind his philosophies, including not fouling, keeping dribblers in front of the defender, and being in good position to rebound the basketball. He also addresses the argument about the mid-range jump shot being a "lost art" as part of the reason as to why he looks to force contested 2-point jump shots.
Building Dribble Drive Defense
To defend the dribble drive motion offense, Coach Otzelberger begins with containing the dribble. From his earlier question about point of pick-up, the pick-up point determined begins with the strengths of his players' defensive abilities. To do this effectively, every player on defense must at least touch the three-point line with their heels before preparing to square up and guard the basketball.
Another aspect of guarding the dribble drive motion offense is the shrinking of gaps. Offenses such as the dribble drive motion offense live to spread out the defense with their spacing. To reduce the gaps and prevent penetration, the defensive stance one pass away is that of a "shallow triangle."
Several drills are presented to teach how to execute every detail of defense against dribble drive motion. A 1-on-1 drill builds from closing out on the corner, to defending dribble penetration from the top, to defending back cuts. From this 1-on-1 drill, Otzelberger builds up to 2-on-2, 3-on-3, and shell drills.
Defending the Ball Screen Offense
In addition to defending the dribble drive motion offense, Coach Otzelberger covers ball screen defense coverage with his pack line principles. The first of these is to take the ball away to the outside. Next, the ball screener's defender is to get their feet aligned with those of the ball screener. Otzelberger explains the movements for the on-ball defender and the ball screener's defender.
Coach Otzelberger includes several important points to emphasize while teaching effective ball screen defense, including:
- Being low, wide, and active
- Jumping up the floor
Ball screens on the side with the corner filled and middle ball screens are also covered.
With more and more teams opting to run the dribble drive and ball screen offenses, it's essential to have your team well-equipped to defend them. This video from Coach Otzelberger will give you all the tools you need to play 'lock-down D'!
43 minutes. 2018.