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We hear a lot of talk these days about "lock down" defenders - those defenders who have both the desire and the skill necessary to keep their man from scoring once he has the basketball. However, what isn't talked about nearly enough is the importance of individual defense BEFORE an offensive player gets the ball.
Instead, many coaches and even television analysts choose to emphasize the importance of "team defense" where every defender (except the one guarding the ball) is dropped off in help position in an attempt to close off all potential driving lanes. Now don't get me wrong - this is an excellent strategy in most cases but it does have a couple of possible flaws.