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The dreaded switch

More defense, fellas :-)

Recently discussed getting through picks, and now....

Hey, I'll even take some getting under picks, if you can curl back around in time on shooters. But this constant switch mentality isn't cutting it. Not with the level of experience on this team. It's the youngest team I've ever seen, 1 through 9. And, it doesn't hold people accountable for their actions("Oh, I just got beat off a pick, let's switch"). Not a good mentality.

Cal has been known to do this, but usually with more experienced players. I've seen NBA teams that can't pull off what he is trying to pull off. The occasional switch is fine, but to switch on every pick, as a first option, is for 25-30 year olds, not 18 year olds. I'm not even talking about pick and roll, either. Just curling off a pick out of the post, these guys switch. And, for the most part, they stay in the bad match up for the remainder of the possession. Usually no readjustments. Advantage: Opponent

You're allowing the opponent to dictate match ups. The backbone of a strong man to man is match ups. You put a particular defender on a certain player to take advantage of that particular match up. You're giving that advantage away on the first switch, unless you can find a way to switch back, which is rarely done. All the opponent has to do is find the match up they don't like, send a picker, and get the match up they want. It's suicide to play this way without experienced players to pick up the slack(or AD and MKG). A good coach will pick it apart.

And where does it hurt the most? Offensive rebounds. The Cats are constantly giving up ridiculous amounts of OR's because we have guards trying to battle power forwards for boards, and have our PF's and C's out on guards. If I was the opposing coach, I'd send a pick to the guards for that reason alone.

It works fine with schooled defenders used to switching and even "rotating". In the NBA, the whole team rotates and then adjusts to match ups. It's poetry in motion when done correctly, executed by experienced pros, but it's not for kids. When you're 18, pick a man, and get in his front pocket. Switch when you're at a disadvantage, but for the most part, STICK TO YOUR MAN!

The defense HAS TO DICTATE match ups. That's the advantage. Don't give it away.

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