Defending the Backdoor Cut
by American Sport Education Program
A backdoor cut is used by an offensive player when the defender is overplaying the pass-that is, when the defender has a hand and foot in the passing lane to prevent the offensive player from receiving a pass. The offensive player sees this overplay by the defender and cuts hard to the basket, looking for a pass (typically a bounce pass) and an easy score. When an offensive player goes backdoor on a cut to get open for a pass, the defender may lose sight of the player. Therefore, defenders must learn how to stay with the offensive player on a backdoor cut and how to keep the ball in sight by opening to the ball as the offensive player goes back door.
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