- Zone offenses usually have far less movement than man to man offenses making it easier to devise a consistent game plan to defend the post, provide help, and cover the perimeter.
- There are thousands of man to man offenses but zone offenses are much more predictable.
- Many teams spend very little time working on their zone offense and instead rely solely on their ability to knock down three point shot attempts.
- Zones have the ability to change the tempo of the game because they can match up after the first pass. In order to gain any advantage at all, offenses must reverse the ball from side to side, often several times each possession. These extra passes slow the game down and the only way the offense can avoid it is to shoot quickly and while the defense is matched up.
- Regardless of what zone offense is run, smaller defenders can stay outside on the perimeter and the bigger defenders can stay inside. This increases rebounding and prevents a team from posting up your smaller guards.
- Good defensive rebounding teams can fast break more easily when their guards are already out on the perimeter
- Zone teams typically commit fewer fouls largely because there are fewer opportunities for the offense to penetrate and attack the basket.
- When getting back in transition, zone defenders can race back to a certain side of the floor instead of being forced to locate a specific offensive player.
8 Advantages of Playing Zone Defense Tuesday, September 25th, 2012