Basketball plays

Golden State's "Elevator" creates top 3

Golden State’s “Elevator” play creates top 3

From the Golden State Warriors playbook The ball handler initiates action with a pass, moves to the corner, comes off a screen into the lane and sprints up the middle toward the top off a pair of screens for an open shot. Why use it The constant action, passing and screening in this play makes […]

Deep dribble, ball reversal create weak-side shot

Deep dribble, ball reversal create weak-side shot

From the Iona playbook Iona drove the ball deep into the right corner against Iowa State, only to reverse it the other way and hit a shooter flaring to the opposite corner for an open shot. Why use it Iona had all it could handle in the first round of the NCAA men’s tournament. The […]

Celtics' late-game 3-pointer

Celtics’ late-game 3-pointer

From Brad Stevens’ Boston Celtics’ playbook The Celtics used this play to create a late-game 3-pointer on a side out-of-bounds set by throwing over the top to draw attention, then toss back to the perimeter in second-level action. Why use it A low screen sent the center to the weak side for a long pass. […]

Enter to middle, dribble at cutter

Enter to middle, dribble at cutter

From Wes Kosel, assistant coach at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota Create a lot of fake action on the left side as the center catches the ball in the high post and makes it seem as if a handoff is coming before the right wing cuts backdoor. Why use it A lot of […]

Attack baseline, cut to hoop

Attack baseline, cut to hoop

From the West Virginia playbook. The low defender simply cannot cover the entire baseline, so take advantage of this – shift the ball, get it to the short corner and send a cutter to the hoop Why use it Tied with Baylor at 15-15, West Virginia ran these movements to attack the bottom of the […]

‘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 […]

Corner Inbound Results In Layup - Steve Kerr

Corner Inbound Results In Layup – Steve Kerr

Take a page of out Golden State’s playbook with this perfectly run set, which uses your shooter as a decoy to pull multiple defenders away from the hoop to set up a layup. Why use it Inbounding from the corner is not an easy task. Space is limited. The Golden State Warriors show you how […]

Combat zones like Dayton

Combat zones like Dayton

From Archie Miller’s Dayton Flyers playbook When a zone extends to the perimeter and only leaves a single player near the hoop, use an inside screen and an over-the-top pass to score a layup Why use it Dayton played Syracuse and the Orange’s vaunted zone in the first round of last year’s NCAA Tournament. While […]

Ride the Northern Iowa "Elevator"

Ride the Northern Iowa “Elevator”

From the Northern Iowa basketball team playbook Northern Iowa dumped Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year and used this set to create an open 3-point look from the top of the key. Why use it Elevator plays are perfect to set up 3-point shots. These use a double screen in […]

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, […]