Xavier's Ultimate Guide to the Packline Defense
What is a Packline?
It's an imaginary line 16' off the basket, mirroring the 3 point line.
Packline is a man defense.
All off ball defenders will have both feet inside the Packline.
The on ball defender is extremely aggressive to the ball.
If the ball comes inside the Packline, that player is double teamed until the ball leaves the area around the basket.
When the ball carrier is inside the Packline and especially in the post, watch for defenders putting their hands up but being aggressive to the point of fouling with body checks. It's rarely called a foul, but is very identifiable in game.
We all understand that the closer you are to the basket, the better chance you have at making a shot. The Packline defends high percentage shots and let's opponents take better looks from low percentage positions.
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Obviously the PDF is much more in depth and is available to you, but this is a beginners guide to understanding how and why the Packline works and when it won't.