The aim is to improve defensive positioning and movement. Player 1 starts at the top of the key and in possession of the ball. Player 2 starts at the extended foul line area and is the offensive player. The defensive player is player 3 and they stand in a strong defensive position.


Basketball Defense Drills

As the offensive player, player 2 must try and make space to receive the ball, one way of doing this is called the V cut. Player 2 can attempt the V cut more than once, but if they cannot make space after a few attempts, they cut towards the basket, run through the key to the other side. As this happens it is player 3's job to open up so they can see the ball, and be in the ball-defender-attacker position.

Rotate players and repeat the drill.


  • Increase speed
  • Change to the other side

Coaching Points

  • In a strong defensive position a player would have a wide base and knees slightly bent with arms out in font and palms facing forward towards opposing player or the ball. Short quick steps are generally used, and feet should not be crossed.
  • When using the V cut, the first phase is cutting towards the basket with the inside foot (nearest the basket). It is important to keep the knee flexed, and then turn sharply on the balls of the feet, and push back to outside, and shift weight in opposite direction, and keep moving to the outside.

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