Teaches players proper footwork ( shuffling ) and defensive reaction. Getting ahead of the ball and cutting off the man on/near the sidelines. Good drill to preclude introduction of presses.
2 players on placed at foul extension at both ends of the court. the remaining two players and the rest of the team are positioned on the baseline near the free throw lane. One player has a basketball and will dribble at about 75 %. The other player is on defense and will shuffle with him to the sideline. When the dribbler reaches the side line he will pick up the ball and pass it to the first player at the foul line extended. The defender will sprint to get in front of the basketball. The player at the foul line will move the ball around and the defender will mirror the movement with his hands. The player will then pass back to the dribbler who will begin dribbling up the sideline. The defender will sprint to cut off the sideline. The dribbler will then pick up his dribble and pass to the second player at the foul line extended. The defender will again sprint to get ahead of the ball. The second player will then pass back to the dribbler, the dribbler will attack the basket. The defender will sprint over to protect the basket and force the dribbler to take a jump shot. The drill continues with two new players playing offense and defense. Once everyone has gone. Simply turn around and offense becomes defense. The players at the foul line extended can be substituted by coaches if you have enough assistants.
Coaches can add a second defender to teach doubling teaming and trapping along sidelines and in corners. Important to teach proper stance, footwork and staying in front of basketball.
Defensive footwork and stamina
This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.