Improve your level of play. Become a better defender, rebounder, and scorer. Learn to play the game the way it was designed to be played: defend-rebound-finish. Any reversal of the order means your team's skill level and winning percentage will go down, especially, against those teams with superior defenders, rebounders, and finishers. "Just ask the Lakers!" They are a prime example of a team that shoots first, rebounds second, and defends last. The problem with this order is, like the Lakers, your team will find itself getting beat because of poor transition defense. That is, the team going forward will always have the advantage on the team "back pedaling" in transition. THIS IS WHY THE LAKERS CAN'T HOLD A LEAD. As long as they are making shots they're okay because they don't have to chase down offensive rebounds which allows them to get back on defense. Then again, that still doesn't alleviate the problem of weak defensive "one on one" skills which translate into weak team defense." All it takes is one blown defensive assignment. Ask Sasha V. about that play by Ray Allen which sealed the Lakers' fate. Sasha made the fatal mistake of lining up "parallel" to Ray (both feet in a straight line) which allowed Ray to either go left or right; shake or bake with a clear lane to the basket because Phil had told the other players to stay at home (no switching). If a boxer does the exact same thing Sasha did with his feet--guess what?--he gets knocked out! What he should have done was stagger the feet and angle Ray either left or right AND UNDER THE SAME SCENARIO, RAY RUNS INTO ANOTHER DEFENDER ON EITHER SIDE OF THE LANE and just maybe doesn't get that easy layup. Defense must be instinctive--period!