The key to shutting down a scorer is quickly moving laterally to cut him off. Swiping at the ball may cause a turnover or two, but consistently putting a body between your opponent and the rim is the best way to get consistent stops.
Lateral quickness can be trained, just like speed, power and endurance. By exercising with basketball-specific drills, athletes can master movement patterns that will help them play tougher D.
For three exercises that can speed up your lateral moves and turn you into a defensive stopper, head over to STACK Basketball.
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