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Video Breakdown of Trevor Ariza’s and Emeka Okafor’s Defense

Head over to Bullets Forever to check out a video breakdown on the two defensive-minded veterans that the Wizards just acquired.

Another part of off-ball defense is defending spot-up shooters. Ariza was solid in his recovery to spot-up shooters, ranking 87th in the NBA in points allowed per spot-up possession (Sidenote: Synergy’s defensive spot-up numbers can be a little misleading because it is difficult to assign responsibility for a particular spot-up shooter.) The defensive player will always be at a disadvantage in a spot-up situation. They can close out slowly and allow an open jumper, or they can sprint at the shooter and give up a driving lane.

Again, Ariza’s physical gifts really help him shut down spot-up shooters. Check out the clips below, as Ariza plays help defense in the lane and recovers to block his man’s shot. It’s not often you see a player cover that much ground, even in the NBA.

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New Post on Avery Bradley at Hickory High

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Bradley’s talent for disrupting offenses is unparalleled.  It is hard to think of a player who has been consistently and single-handedly able to destroy a team’s attempts to initiate their offense like Bradley.  Watching his one-man full court press is reminiscent of something you would see at the youth level, where there can be large talent disparities.  However, these are NBA point guards getting their pockets picked like high school players.  The video below shows what happens when Bradley is hounding opposing point guards trying to set up their offense.

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New Post on Bismack Biyombo’s Active Defense at Hickory-High.com

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Biyombo’s game is not just weakside blocks, either.  Biyombo has demonstrated flashes of greatness in defending the pick-and-roll.  He shows a willingness to get to the perimeter to help his pick-and-roll partner.  On multiple occasions, he has hedged to reroute the ball handler and then recovered to block the shot of the open man.  With the amount of ground he covers, it’s like having an extra player on the floor. The video below shows some of his impressive moments defending the pick-and-roll.  Keep an eye on how far he travels to get to the ball.

Andre Iguodala Cements His All Star Spot


It can be tough for defensive-minded players to get accolades, especially if they aren’t accumulating blocks and steals at a league leading pace.  However, Andre Iguodala has gained some All-Star momentum this season on the strength of his defensive play.  This year, any small forward going against Iguodala has turned into Devin Ebanks.  By shutting down Kobe Bryant in crunch time on Monday night, Iguodala strengthened his All Star candidacy with a signature moment.  Let’s take a look at three minutes of hell for Kobe Bryant… Continue reading