Ask Ben: Weak Hand and the D-League

Where I answer: (1) Many defenses try to force players to their weak hand, but how exactly do they determine this? (2) What is the philosophy behind D-League affiliates?

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Weak Hand

A very popular pick-and-roll coverage in the NBA is “Weak”: forcing the ball handler in the middle pick-and-roll to their weak hand. In a recent Friday Film I showed Pat Connaughton execute weaking in textbook fashion:

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That leads to a natural question. XuanMaoChina writes:

You often mention “the weak hand” in the articles. I wonder what the complete definition of “the weak hand” is.

What’s the difference between going right and going left? Which hand is Harden’s weak hand? Can you tell me the main tendency for most players?

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