To explain the 3-2 zone defense and when to use it and not to use it.
The 3-2 zone defense is used when you are playing a team who has strong perimeter shooters, weaker post game, and who are slower to push the fast break.
The 3-2 zone should not be used if the team you are playing has a strong post presence or if they are beating you at the high post.
This video explains the basics of running a 3-2 zone defense.
Many people say that nothing beats a man-to-man defense, other say 2-3 zone is the way to go. Why not? Syracuse plays 2-3 and they are a solid team who always has a winning record. I would take their defense any day, but not before I would play the 3-2. A solid 3-2 defense allows minimum shot attempts from the three point line, puts up a strong post presence, and is easy to shift around for what you need.
What does the 3-2 zone do well?
- Protects the three point line
- Defends against perimeter attacks (shots and drives)
- Strong post presence around blocks
So what does the 3-2 zone not do so well?
- Defend the free throw line/high post area
- Defend the baseline