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  Transition Defense After A Missed Free Throw

Transition defense is an incredibly important aspect of defense in basketball, but it is also the most overlooked. Coaches take for granted that their players will simply get back on defense and prevent their opposition from scoring. However, this is not always the case and there is a significant amount of strategy and technique that goes into how transition defense should be played.

Transition defense, like any other aspect of basketball needs to be explained to the players and then drilled frequently in order for it to become habit. The following will provide simple keys to playing solid transition defense. Use in practice in order to work on your team's transition defense.

Step 1

Player X3 misses a free throw and quickly sprint release down the court with X5 protecting the basket.
Player 04 gets the rebound and looks to outlet to 01 or 02.
Player X4 aggressively jams 04 preventing him from passing the ball.
Player X1 denies the outlet pass against 01.
Player X2 guards 02 at top.

Step 2

Maintain pass denial on point guard, and match up.

Step 3

Maintain pass denial on point guard, and match up.
X2 forces the dribbler 02 to sideline.

Step 4

X2 guards the ball.
X5 fronts 05 at low post.
X3 stays on the helpside.
X1 guards 01 at top.
X4 sticks with the trailer 04.


If player 03 gets the outlet pass from 04, X3 will take 03 and force him to dribble towards sideline.
X1 and X2 maintain a pass denial position and X5 protects the basket.

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