Basketball Out-Of-Bounds Plays

Find the forgotten inbounder

Basketball Plays: Find the forgotten inbounder

From Geno Auriemma, head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women’s basketball team. Slip the baseline inbounder to the opposite block as you attack the strong side with the dribble to create a high-percentage layup opportunity vs. a man defense Why use it Many times when the action is on the side upon which […]

‘America’s Play’

‘America’s Play’

The side ball screen, dive, reverse to the top and pass to the rolling screener is popular today – see it run from a side out-of-bounds situation. Why use it Teams are running this set because it offers multiple options to score, gets everyone moving and confounds defenses. Set up Have three players in a […]

Leave the defense guessing

Leave the defense guessing

From the Providence Friars men’s basketball team playbook When the defense expects the ball to go to one of your stars, use action to create decoys and create a high-percentage layup chance for a more-than-capable player. Why use it Trailing USC, 69-68, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with just three seconds remaining, […]

Boston Celtics' cross-court 3-pointer

Boston Celtics’ cross-court 3-pointer

From Brad Stevens, head coach of the Boston Celtics This is the perfect play to run when there only are a few seconds left on the clock – it creates spacing for a shooter without the ball being in play. Why use it Most teams don’t risk a turnover on a cross-court sideline pass to […]

Double screen produces wing 3-pointer

Double screen produces wing 3-pointer

From Jay Wright’s Villanova playbook Weak-side action slows the defense just enough to set up an oncoming double screen for your shooter who curls around the perimeter, comes free on the wing and hits the open jumper. Why use it It’s a great play when you want to create an open 3-pointer off a special […]

Houston Rockets: Fake action frees weak-side shooter

Houston Rockets: Fake action frees weak-side shooter

From J.B. Bickerstaff, assistant coach at Memphis Grizzlies, previously interim head coach Houston Rockets This quick-hitting play runs two decoys off screens toward the ball to command defensive attention before the shooter steps high from the elbow for an open jumper. Why use it Trailing 118-114 to the Clippers with 16.4 seconds remaining in the […]

Parker Post-Up

Parker Post-Up

When your best player is a forward, look to pound the post, especially on an inbound play where the big man starts at the top of the key. The Situation Duke just had tipped off at home against Vermont. After being awarded the ball under the basket, the Blue Devils looked to their top player, […]