Playing in the post as a smaller player
Even as the game trends towards the perimeter, with bigs who are able to handle the ball and shoot from deep, a number of guards prefer to buck the trend by exploiting their natural advantages in the post. Some of them use strength to overpower smaller guys, such as with Jimmy Butler and Marcus Smart, while others like Shaun Livingston make full use of their length and wingspan. The best post scorers combine this with exquisite footwork to present a defensive nightmare. Here are some tips on how to dominate in the post as a guard, just like DeMar DeRozan from the Spurs.
Strength: Before you can pull off these moves, you first have to ensure that you have the strength to establish and hold a good position deep in the post. This requires balance as well as core strength.
Drop step: This is the most basic of all post moves, but it is sometimes neglected. The drop step requires good awareness and timing, and will allow you to spin into the paint with ease while sealing off any recovery from the defender.
Up and under: As a smaller guard, you are often able to tempt the opponents into jumping and attempting a block with a good pump fake. This is especially useful against help defense, and will get you a relatively open shot as well as a chance at drawing a foul.
Pass: As a guard, you must still have the awareness and court vision to throw good passes from the post position. The passing options differ from those available at the wing or the top of the key. If you are able to set up your teammates, the opponents will be reluctant to throw out a double team.
Multiple options: Effective post play requires a multitude of moves and countermoves, from the turnaround jumper and the spin move to a short jump hook. By mastering these possibilities, the defender has no choice but to pick their poison.