Basketball plays

'Double-double' damages defenses

‘Double-double’ damages defenses

From¬†Basketball Coach Weekly Start with a pair of low screens as players cross, then a pair of screens to bring players from the weak side to the ball side, which sets up reversal and an eventual drive to the hoop. Why use it With so many screens in this one set, man defenses are bound […]

Handoff sets up backside 3-pointer

Handoff sets up backside 3-pointer

From Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs playbook All indications are this play is moving to the left after a handoff, dribble penetration and perimeter shooters on that side…but it simply sets up the forgotten point guard on the right. Why use it The Spurs run this play quite a bit as it creates enough movement […]

"Love" these 3 options off a line

“Love” these 3 options off a line

From Roger DeBoer, head coach at Lynden Christian High in Lynden, Washington When you have a big man with the ability to shoot from the perimeter, the floor stretches, your options increase and the chances the defense stops you decrease. Why use it When forming a line of players at the free-throw line, defenders are […]

Low screen creates high-low opportunity

Low screen creates high-low opportunity

From Pat Fitterer, Washington State Basketball Coaches Hall of Famer. When you have a tough point guard who loves to set screens, this is a perfect play to create an in-close scoring chance for one of your post players. Why use it Post players don’t enjoy being screened by guards. Many times, these big players […]

1-4 High leads to lob

1-4 High leads to lob

From Wes Kosel, assistant coach at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. This quick hitter relies upon right-side action to draw defensive attention, then uses the left-side advantage by sending a forward to the rim for a catch and score on a lob pass. Why use it Starting in a 1-4 High against a man defense […]

High-post entry has backdoor option

High-post entry has backdoor option

From Pat Fitterer, Washington State Basketball Coaches Hall of Famer. A pass to the high post on the right leads to a possible backdoor layup on the catch or let the actions develop and create an open 3-point shot on the left wing. Why use it This play offers a quick backdoor option and if […]

Fake handoff, kickout for 3

Fake handoff, kickout for 3

From Roger DeBoer, a state-champion coach at Lynden Christian High Washington. Engage the defense with a dribble entry, then attack the opposite side by executing a fake handoff and running the shooter off a screen to come free for a 3-pointer. Why use it This play shifts the defense to the right before attacking the […]

Brad Stevens' set to beat a shrinking clock

Brad Stevens’ set to beat a shrinking clock

From Brad Stevens’s Boston Celtics playbook Brad Stevens knows how to use a shot clock to his advantage – do the same with this play featuring many movements leading into a backdoor cut and layup. Why use it When a team has to defend for 25 to 35 seconds, inevitably a breakdown occurs – and […]

1-4 High "Sonic" has 2 options

1-4 High “Sonic” has 2 options

From Bill Liley, the head boys coach at Newton High, Iowa. Starting from a 1-4 High, create action on the left side, then attack the right off a ball screen and either hit the roller in the lane or the shooter flaring to the corner. Why use it 1-4 High plays are tricky to defend […]

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 […]