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Old 04-05-2008, 02:08 PM   #1
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Default Dribbling Against Quick Defenders - Avoid the Strip?

Hey,

I'm the PG on my team so i have the ball in my hands alot. I don't turn the ball over alot, the most TO 's i have had this season is 5. My average is around 2-3 TOPG.
Not bad while playing around 35 minutes a game.

Anyway, I'm a good ballhandler it's just i have 1 problem. I struggle against quick defenders and i get stripped sometimes. Actually, i struggle against pressure defense in general but particularly the small quick guys. This is MAINLY while advancing the ball upcourt.

I'm tall for a PG and i haven't played a taller or stronger PG.

Does anyone have any tips, tricks, hints to help me advance the ball upcourt safely and avoid the strip?

Thanks ISH.
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Old 04-05-2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Dribbling Against Quick Defenders - Avoid the Strip?

Use your height and strength to your advantage and do the little stuff. Using an armbar and keeping the ball on your side may not look as cool as crossovers 24/7 in front of your defender, but it is alot more effective and safe at advancing the ball up the court. Also, if your having real trouble with a guy, call one of the big fellas to set you a pick up top around half court or so. If your defender REALLY wants to dig into you, hes gonna have to take out your big guy too (not likely...)
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Old 04-05-2008, 02:27 PM   #3
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Ok thanks.
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Old 04-05-2008, 02:36 PM   #4
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Default Re: Dribbling Against Quick Defenders - Avoid the Strip?

Well if you are stronger than them, just out muscle them. Use your back, back them down. You can back them down from your baseline to their 3 pt line and from there you can setup your plays. Just remember to dribble the ball on your side, not infront of you.
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Old 04-05-2008, 02:54 PM   #5
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Old 04-05-2008, 06:23 PM   #6
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Yeah, I had the same situation, I started PG, the team i was against had one good player, happened to check me, Im shorter.

What I did, since he checked me right at half and swiped at me and was glued on me, I would pass it, simple as a pass. Then id go in, then start cutting around to get it passed back.

As a taller guy, all I can say is to just back him in abit, and look for the open man, try to figure out your better shooter on your team and before you go on, tell him to get cutting in for passes, like I said, just back into him then look for that open shooter.


If there is another good passer on your shift, try to get it to him



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Old 04-05-2008, 08:30 PM   #7
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I've encounted this, and I've got some tips for you.

Get the court spread out, and then outrebound the guy.

Get your back on him, and then score. That's why you work on your post game, even if you are a guard. After scoring a few times, you'll either get a new check, which gives another teammate a smaller opponent or doubled. Look for the open man.

Out muscle him, play physical. Don't go for the pump fakes, small guys are great at the fakes and moves to keep you out of balance, stay on the balls of your feet.

Don't do do any fancy crossovers etc, they have fast hands and strip you easily.
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:25 PM   #8
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:28 PM   #9
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Keep it slow upcourt. Don't rush yourself and end up turning the ball over.

Try doing the stop n go (Not sure what it's called), where you sprint upcourt for a good 10 ft then stop and either take it slow or go again.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:49 AM   #10
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:19 PM   #11
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Use your height and strength to your advantage and do the little stuff. Using an armbar and keeping the ball on your side may not look as cool as crossovers 24/7 in front of your defender, but it is alot more effective and safe at advancing the ball up the court. Also, if your having real trouble with a guy, call one of the big fellas to set you a pick up top around half court or so. If your defender REALLY wants to dig into you, hes gonna have to take out your big guy too (not likely...)
Exactly, watch your boy Chauncey Billups, he does all the little stuff and is great with this kind of stuff.
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:33 AM   #12
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Default Re: Dribbling Against Quick Defenders - Avoid the Strip?

Since you have size, you can use your body, paticular your back to box out your defender and protect the ball. Once you have him on your back, just back him down. Always keep body contact with him, so you can feel where he is moving. Peripheral vision is key here as well. If he tries to come around the side for the steal, just roll to the other side for the open look.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:21 AM   #13
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stay in the middle, avoid going to the sides. Use your body and your arm to protect the ball.

Also inform your teamates to assist you by having proper spacing. So that when you get in trouble, you know where to find them
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:41 PM   #14
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I've encounted this, and I've got some tips for you.

Get the court spread out, and then outrebound the guy.

Get your back on him, and then score. That's why you work on your post game, even if you are a guard. After scoring a few times, you'll either get a new check, which gives another teammate a smaller opponent or doubled. Look for the open man.

Out muscle him, play physical. Don't go for the pump fakes, small guys are great at the fakes and moves to keep you out of balance, stay on the balls of your feet.

Don't do do any fancy crossovers etc, they have fast hands and strip you easily.
dont play as tight d because if he shoots it he is shorter and u can still block it.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:14 AM   #15
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Default Re: Dribbling Against Quick Defenders - Avoid the Strip?

Yeah, I'd also suggest using what you have (your muslces, your height) against them. You can even go a step further and use their speed against them. One of the things I've seen Jordan talks about. For example if a player is too aggressive, he is ball pressuring you all the time, what you can do is learn a few dribbles to get past him.

You should really look close to what he is doing and learn his moves. He doesn't have 1000 moves for sure.

Here is a youtube video from Bruce Bowen talking about how to move without the ball so that you can avoid these guys.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=mwqzC2sTKzI&feature=related

Also, you can visit my website at www.best-basketball-tips.com and see the secion on basketball drills. You'll probably find what you're looking for. It's all free so you can check it out if you want.

If you're playing against different players all the time so you don't have the time to learn everyone's move, then the best thing you can do is guess. And guess well. Anticipate his moves and use them to your advantage.

Hope that helps,

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