23 Zone - Wing Players

Updated: May 30

The Wing Players are a critical part of a successful 23 Zone. In this post, we are going to take a look at their Responsibilities and Steal Opportunities in the zone.


Your Wing Players are arguably the most important people in your 23 Zone. They need to be quick enough to deter catch & shoot opportunities on the wings and tough enough to rebound the basketball in traffic. Putting the wrong players in these positions can be an easy way to give up easy three-point shots or get massacred on the offensive glass. If possible we want to get our two best athletes in these positions to help with coverage, rebounding, and capitalize on their chances to create turnovers.


The skill that is most useful for the Wing Players is their use of anticipation. Players who have a good sense of where the basketball is going with be better in both their coverage responsibilities and steal opportunities. As we will explore later in the post the responsibilities for Wing Players are fairly simple, but they do depend on timing and anticipation to execute. These players are crucial in taking away the wing three point shots and swing passes that zone offenses depend on.


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Responsibilities of the Wing Players -

The responsibilities for the Wing Players are fairly simple but are absolutely critical for the defense to succeed. Two of the weaknesses of the 23 Zone is the susceptibility to wing three point shots and the difficulty in preventing the offense from swinging the basketball. Our Wing Defenders are going to be the key people if we are going to mitigate those weaknesses.


Three Main Responsibilities -

  1. Wing Bump - Anticipate and Help Cover Every Wing Touch