Hollow Man Halladay, Deer Corps’ luxury lock.
Most of the main point guards on the NBA stage are orthodox who show their strengths in reading and passing skills, or they show their power in scoring. In particular, the No. 1 semi-ace class, which is capable of shooting outside and breaking through, seems to be raging recently. But there are exceptions. That is the existence of a field commander who leads the team with a crazy presence in defense, not offense.
Gary Payton, who led the heyday of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1990s, was known for his excellent offense, but above all, his reckless defense. The award of the first defensive title as a point guard suggests his presence as a defender. He was such a terrible master of Trash Talk that it was said that he had a mop in his mouth, and showed off his tough interpersonal mark to the point where he marked Michael Jordan exclusively on the final stage. It is even nicknamed “glove” in the sense that it catches the opponent as if it is wrapped around the ball with a glove.
Milwaukee Bucks main point guard Zulu Halladay (32, 191cm) is called one of the best guard defenders representing the current league along with Marcus Smart and Gary Payton II. Like Payton, Halladay also earned the nickname “Lock” for his strong defense. This is because once the opponent is shot, he ties it up to the point of suffocation throughout the game. Based on his defensive skills, he also contributed to his team’s victory and has been named in the All-Defensive First Team and the All-Defensive Second Team twice in the last four seasons.
Usually, many people think of Chris Middleton (31·201cm) except for the star Janice Antetokounmpo (28·213cm) in Milwaukee, but Halladay’s presence and contribution are no less than that. If Halladay lowers the activity and energy level of the opponent’s front line in an important game, the team will be able to play that much easier. This is why there are rave reviews that “he is a player who can dominate the game with defense.”
What scares Halladay’s defence is its persistence. Defenders full of energy may lock down their opponents by following them explosively, but there are many cases where fouls are excessive or they are exhausted in the process. Holloway is different. Basically, he has good physical strength, adjusts his pace appropriately, and bothers his opponent throughout the game.
When it comes to boxers, he reminds me of an outboxer who is good at jab fights. It continuously extends the jab while maintaining a proper distance, and it reacts accordingly by looking at the opponent’s movement, not just flying fast and a lot. If you try to dig in while changing the distance and position, it falls out and if the opponent’s movement stops, you throw a jab again to stimulate the nerves. He is a very annoying and annoying type, and if he tries to make a big fist out of anger, he fires back to the counter as if he had waited.
Halladay’s swamped players don’t recognize much at first. It’s a little annoying and annoying, but if you keep following along, interfering with the play, and grooming it as if you’ve been waiting for it, you’ll feel like you’re caught wrong. Fake is usually the skill to shake off such a defender.
The pass goes out at the time when it seems to break through, stops, shoots the mid-range, and usually throws a shot. He gives a slight fake to induce the defender’s big movements and changes the play in the process. However, even this is not easy against Halladay. He doesn’t take much movement unless he is in a critical situation.
Open moderately, swing moderately, and move moderately. I lost my timing.This is why it is easy to respond or not easily fake because it is fast to switch to the next movement. When you play a game, there is a rhythm. In particular, experienced ace players find their condition by adjusting their tempo on their own, even if it is not good right now.
If Halladay is caught in defense, such a play becomes difficult. As if indifferently, it is constantly maintaining pressure at a moderate (?) pace, so time itself is not allowed to reorganize something. When you argue with Halladay, the opponent’s ace’s body is colored with damage of one color or another, and you often lose your condition as if it is eroded by a calm wave.
Chris Paul was properly beaten by this defense during the final against the Phoenix Suns. At that time, Paul boasted his best condition and played well throughout the series. However, if you look closely, the situation was a little different. Paul was exposed to a gradual decline as the game went on, which was largely attributed to Halladay, who was faithful to his role as a “silent assassin” through continuous choking defense.
If an attacker feels burdened by the match-up opponent’s defense, he or she will be helped by the team’s defense, one of which is the screen. He uses his teammate’s screen to beat the defender or tie up his movements even for a moment and succeed in attacking in the meantime. The problem is that Halladay also has an excellent movement to get off the screen.
As if they had read the movements of the opposing team’s players who hang the screen in advance, they naturally follow them on their backs or freely move between narrow gaps. In addition, he is so strong that even if there is a mismatch with other players in other positions, he can play to some extent through physical fights. In addition to one-on-one defense and team defense, he can be said to be a total package defender who can withstand mismatches.
However, Halladay is not a player without a presence in the attack. Currently, he is doing his part with an average of 18.4 points, 7.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 27 games. His defense is so monstrous, but he is recording a good performance as the main player of a team. Let’s pay attention to how far Halladay can go with Milwaukee this season.