We tend to teach 2-3 sets from our out-of-bound series. The idea behind this is that we don’t want to spend a lot of time on breaking down and teaching out-of-bound separately from our half-court actions. As such, most of our actions are the same and we can run them both as out of bounds or as half-court actions.
The advantage for us is that it takes less time to initially introduce and additionally, it allows us to break down the actions away from the sets as we work on other aspects of our game.
Looking at the below side-line out-of-bounds action, we could easily get #3 to dribble to the wing in the half-court and initiate this exact action, so it’s two separate sets. It’s the same set being used in different situations.
In our initial set-up, we want our shooter in the opposite weakside corner and our best screener on the opposite elbow.
A quick zipper screen gets our ball handler open at the top of the slot and #3 inbounds the ball here.
Personal Note: This pass is quite dangerous to make because if your players are not tuned in, it’s a steal and a lay-up on the other end. One of the adjustments that can be made is instead of it being a zipper screen, #1 can set the screen for #4 before popping out.
Our best shooter and screener are critical personnel for me when designing or looking at a set play. Where they start and how they move makes all the difference in getting a play that is effective versus one that isn’t.
As soon as #1 receives the ball, we want our #5 man setting the screen. The screen by #4 should have moved the defender just enough that he is off-balance, and we don’t want him recovering before our next action.
#3 steps into the wing and #2 hugs the corner.
Personal Note: When teaching this, it is important that we teach how to set the screen correctly and also give the players reads on different defensive coverages. The main ones we see are aggressive denial and switching out, so we break this down and teach it to our players.
There are three main actions when we get into our slot pick and roll after the zipper action.
- Roll and replace
- Spanish PnR
- Back Screen Action
We’ve kept our best shooter in the corner and the defense tends not to help here as it gives up a rhythm three.
- Basic Roll & Replace – As #5 dives to the basket, #4 fills up behind him and becomes the drag (dribble penetration principles). #2 and #3 have to adjust accordingly to get into the drift and diagonal.
- Spanish Pick and Roll – As #5 sets the screen, #4 sets a screen on the defender of #5 (especially on hard hedges; occassionally on drop coverages), which allows #5 to roll to the basket and opens up the lane for the drive.
- Back Screen Action – After #5 sets the screen, he pops out and #4 sets the back screen for #3. If #1 keeps his dribble alive, he can get #3 for the back cut action and we can get a score from here. Otherwise, we can just flow into another one of our actions (Motion or Pistol).
Of course, we don’t just want our best shooter not getting involved in the action, so we have counters and calls to get him involved.
- Pin Down
- Pin Down – In our pin down action, #5 steps up like he is going to set the screen for #1 again, then turns and sprints into a pin down for #2. This allows #2 to come off looking for a catch and shoot opportunity. As soon as #5 sets the pin down, #4 sets the screen on #5 and pops out.
- Floppy – A favourite action of mine that we haven’t run in a while. This allows the shooter to make a decision on which side they want to go and players play off this. When floppy is run correctly, you can get single, double and triple screening actions without changing much. In this case, #2 comes off one side, and #4 uses the opposite screen.
- Stagger – In stagger, #1 reverses the ball back to the inbounder, #3, and then sprints to set the stagger for #2 with the #5 man. #4 posts up here.
As we progress and teach each action, there is a series of reads. By using plays with certain actions, allows us to work on teaching the details and also how to defend that action within the flow of the game.
This way, rather than incorporate a breakdown of the actions that hurt us most (cross screens this season), we’ve added a cross-screen action in one of our half-court wrinkles. That means during practice, we run that play a little more than normal, so guys are getting used to playing against it.
It doesn’t mean we will use it in games, it just means we get to work on it and still maintain our gameplay. By adopting the Games Based Approach, I have accepted that I will not stop for every major intervention, but will stop for the ones that I need the most or that meet our objectives.
That’s all for this week. I hope you guys enjoy seeing what we do within our practices. If there is a specific action or drill that you would like us to share, just drop us a message and we’ll be happy to do so.
As we progress in practice, we will be adding our dribble penetration principles and ball screen concepts into our motion offense. That is something to look out for in the coming weeks.
Until next week.