Many of your opponents will have one player who is considered their star player. This is THE player that does the bulk of the scoring and/or dictates their offense. How do you defend him or her?
There are many methods you can utilize to defend the star player but that isn’t the point of this article. It certainly is important to devise a defensive game plan to stop or minimize the damage that one player will do against your team. However, you can also attack their star player with your offense.
I believe it is wise to consider your offense when going up against a great player for several reasons. First of all, many “star” players do not play defense. This isn’t always the case, of course, but it is often quite true. Secondly, many coaches do not give their star player a tough defensive assignment. They feel that making their top scorer play tough defense is too much of a burden on them. Their belief is that he or she will work too hard on defense thereby reducing his or her scoring ability.
The way in which you attack the star player will most definitely vary based upon style of play, position, and several other variables. You may be able to post him up … make him work post defense and potentially draw fouls. If the star is a guard, you may want to attack him off the dribble … or you may want to run him off numerous screens.
No matter what plan you devise to attack their star with your offense, the objective is to make him work extra-hard on defense and/or draw fouls to put him in foul trouble. Work the star to get him tired or to get him on the bench in foul trouble.
Do not simply focus on devising a defensive game plan against a star player. Make certain you incorporate your offense as a strategy to attack the opposing star players!