Basketball plays

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 […]

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 […]