NBA Defense for All Levels: 6 Defensive Questions Every Coach Should Answer

by Nelson Terroba
NBA Defense for All Levels: 6 Defensive Questions Every Coach Should Answer


NBA Defense for All Levels: 6 Defensive Questions Every Coach Should Answer

  1. How do we organize our defensive system?
  2. What are our non-negotiables?
  3. What is our defensive system of talk?
  4. How do we game-plan for opponents and adjust for special players?
  5. How do we train our players to defend at game speed with precision?
  6. How do we evaluate, reflect and connect?


The Coach

Nelson Terroba | Assistant Coach, Texas Legends, NBA G League Affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. 

Terroba is currently an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. The Legends are the G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. Prior to joining the Legends, Terroba spent two years as the head coach and general manager of the St. John Riptide in the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). Under Terroba’s leadership, the Riptide qualified for the playoffs in both of the seasons he was with the team. Additionally, the team finished second and first in overall defense in the league during his tenure. Terroba also spent one season with the Erie Bayhawks - the NBA G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic at the time - as the assistant coach and video coordinator. He has also coached with the Bakersfield Jam (now the Northern Arizona Suns) of the G League as a video coordinator.

After graduating from the University of Texas, Terroba joined the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball program where he served as an assistant under coach Rick Barnes. During his time with the Longhorns, he directed the Longhorn summer basketball camp, was responsible for video exchange, scouted opponents and helped in producing recruiting materials. 

Terroba is the founder of Hoops 101 Basketball,LLC. He has served on staffs on every level from middle school all the way up to the NBA D League. 

Prior to coming to Bakersfield, Terroba was the Associate Head Coach and World History/Leadership teacher at Austin High School. While at Austin High, the 2010-2011 team won the district championship and advanced to the third round of the playoffs.  It was the first time an Austin High Playoff team advanced past the first round of the playoffs in 50 years.

Before that, Terroba was the head coach at Dripping Springs High School, where he was named to the Who’s Who Among American teachers, and where he was nominated by a former player and student as Most Influential Educator by the Dripping Springs Educational Foundation.  

A respected teacher of the game, he has served as a defensive/offensive clinician at Snow Valley Basketball School and as a site coordinator/basket instructor for Point Guard College. 

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