The following is from 1000 Ideas on Basketball by coach Joe Piscopo:
Attacking Zone Defense
- Have a primary and secondary attack vs. zone.
– To give a different look to the opponent
– If you are having difficulty with your primary attack
- Pass the ball around the perimeter from one side to the other to keep the defense moving.
- Perimeter movement of the ball will allow post players to flash from behind the defense which will make them more effective.
- Penetrate gaps with a dribble to create better passing lanes.
- Upon entry pass into offense, you should give the following reads.
– Shoot the ball if free.
– Pass to perimeter player.
– Look to pass inside of high post.
- Use ball and shot fakes to get defense moving in opposite direction you want to pass.
- Vary your entry pass (right side, left side, high post, dribble entry). Don’t be one-side tendency (Defense will anticipate this movement).
- Any time player receives the ball at high post:
– Square and look to shoot or drive to basket.
– Look to pass inside to low post (Hi-low read).
- Perimeter players should use bounce passes more frequently especially if going into post areas.
- Utilize screening by big men to free up shooters (especially in corners).
- Utilize skip or diagonal pass if opponent overplays near passing lanes.
- Always save dribble upon receiving the ball; don’t waste it.
- If defense in back of zone plays high, perimeter players should always be looking to baseline for free players.
- Maintain defensive balance (for transition situations) at all times with at least two players.
– If two guards are on top – they are responsible.
– If one guard is on top (point guard); that guard and a wing guard from the side of the shot drops back.
– If point guard penetrates, wings drop back.
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