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Basketball Combination Drills - Two-Man Game

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This drill teaches players how to double-team a post entry pass in a man to man defense. It is also valuable in teaching guards to move without the ball, post entry passes, closing out on a perimeter shooter, working on post moves, and teaching post players how to react to a double team.


Split your team up into post players and perimeter players. Rotate new players into drill after the defense makes a stop or gets a rebound. New players come in on offense. Offense to defense and defense out.

Have an offensive player post-up on the block with the defense playing behind him.

Start the ball with the offensive perimeter player at the wing.

The defensive perimeter player pressures the ball. The man with the ball must get the ball into the post or shoot a jump shot. (NO DRIVES!)

If the pass goes in to the post, the defensive perimeter player doubles down on the post and tries to steal the ball if he puts it on the floor. At this time the offensive perimeter player should slide to a new location and spot up for a three-point attempt.

If the double-team is late the post should try to score. Otherwise he passes back out for an open jump shot.

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Work on spacing for post entry pass.

Perimeter players should slide from wing to baseline. (This will make it difficult for defender to identify where they are at after the double-team).

Work on pressuring the perimeter player to make the entry pass difficult.

Make the double-team happen more than one or two times and you should get a wide-open shot. (The defense will get tired and it will become increasingly difficult to find the shooter.)


Add another offensive and defensive post on opposite block and perimeter players at top of the key.

Front the post this time with weakside help.

Entry pass now must be a lob. Weakside defense must allow post player to catch the ball but should be right there.

Since you are fronting the post, the wing player need not drop down, but the perimeter player on the point must drop down in front of the post player opposite the ball.

If he does not get there, there will be a post to post pass for a lay-up. If he does, now the post must identify that the open jump shot will now come from the top of the key.


Man to man defense, motion offense


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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