Two months ago

Rules of engagement regarding dribble drive?

Hi, the thread topic is:
"Rules of engagement regarding dribble drive?"

So the question is about, when you are dribbling
outside the perimeter and the defender is guarding
you in a 1-on-1 matchup, when is it a good idea to
look for a drive into the paint for a layup?

Presuming there aren't any teammates wide-open under the basket or anything, in which case
it would be obvious to just pass it to them.

Does it make more sense to take 1-2 dribbles and
try going in for a layup w/o any hesitation move?

Or should you have to test the fallibility of the
defender w/ a crossover before trying to drive?

Also, does it depend on the defender being slightly
off-balance or out-of-alignment? Or, do you think
you will be able to drive past them when they are
guarding you properly?

Lastly how should you respond if the defender
reaches in to try and get a steal, are there any
methods or special perimeter dribble moves that
can prevent the defender from taking the ball away?

And also what opens up in the offence once the
defender tried to steal the ball and failed? Will
you get a free step toward the basket if the
defender got out-of-position due to going for the
steal, or if there is a help defender in the lane,
what off-ball player in the offense should have
an open shot or an open passing lane, as a result
of the help defender stepping up?

Thanks for looking at my questions!

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Two months ago

Doublepost, just want to clarify about --

Usually the safest way to prevent a defender taking
the ball while dribbling, could be to just pick up
the dribble, hold the ball and look for the next
pass, since the defender going for a steal should
open up a passing lane soon.

On an errant steal attempt a ballhandler might not
feel threatened enough to be forced to pick up the
dribble, and that's why they might be able to get
a step into a shot off the dribble or something.

Strictly hypothetical situation,
just for the sake of argument and clarification.

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