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OFFENSIVE CONCEPTS

Playing through Concepts

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TEAM PLAY STYLES

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PACE & SPACE

Common for the NBA, pace and space teams focus on creating driving lane opportunities, with shooters in catch and shoot positions. Downhills and corner 3s are common. The pace stays high and shots go up off drive & kicks. Think Houston Rockets.

RUN & GUN

These teams are reminiscent of the late 2000's Phoenix Suns teams. They push the ball up the floor quickly and attack transitions and quick hitters early. Think Steve Nash & Amare Stoudamire.

4 OUT 1 IN

Very common in the modern basketball game, power forwards have evoled into stretch forwards. Keeping spacing and having shooting threats at all angles is vital to this kind of team.

GRIT & GRIND

A staple of 90s teams, and early 2000's Memphis Grizzlies. These teams are physical, defensive, with lock down defenders, and an inside presence in the paint. Often will play with two bigs in the front court who play inside.

CONTROLLED & EFFICIENT

For teams with a High IQ point guard, being controlled and letting him keep others efficient sets up this kind of slower paced, smart team. Rajon Rondo, or a Chris Paul for example would thrive getting others involved in this kind of team.

ATHLETISISM & LANES

NBA athleteisim is off the charts. So most teams have displays of this style from time to time. These athletic teams likes to use athletes in all 5 positions, where switching is prevalent, and position less offenses are common. 

ACTIVE MISDIRECTION

Very much a EuroLeague forte, misdirection teams are actively back screening, and moving for each other. Creating havoc from all the movement, a defender is bound to get lost at some point. 

PICK & ROLL BASED

Think Stockton & Malone. Teams based on high volume with Pick & Rolls, counters, and a solid point guard/big combo.

CONTINUITY BALLSCREEN

Again, another common style used in Europe, continuity ball screen teams keep the flow from side to side. These teams have good spacing but are not stagnant. They keep moving.

THE FACILITATOR

When you have a player like Nikola Jokic, you have to let him quarterback you throughout the game. These kinds of teams use the talent they have in a passing bigman, to set up active off ball players and scorers. High Post actions are common. 

SHOOTER BASED

When you have guys like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, you have to get them looks. Teams will top lock and deny heavy, so these shooter based teams are creative and active. Pindowns, Floppy's and Pick the Pickers are prevalent in shooter based teams.

8 SECOND RULE

A new philosophy still not applied much, but with some teams testing it. These teams attempt to get a shot up within the first 8 seconds of the shot clock. On resets and offensive rebounds, same 8 seconds applies. More shots at goal is the goal.

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OFFENSES IN THE GAME

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PATTERNED OFFENSES

These kinds off offenses include the Flex, Wisconsin Swing and Dean Smith Shuffle offensive patterns. Wheel Offense is also considered a patterned offense within this group. Patterned offenses are good for youth and intermediate level teams.

SET OFFENSES

Set offenses are highly used in Halfcourt settings, often on walk up attacks. It's key to have everyone set before initiating. Some examples include Horns, 1-4 stacks, Box and Diamond sets, Auriemma Strong, and Hawk Offenses. 

MOVERS & BLOCKERS

Coaches Dick Bennett and son, Tony Bennett of the University of Virginia, are famous for using "Movers, Blockers" as an internal part of their offenses for generations. 

BASIC MOTION OFFENSE

Motion offenses are the common offenses in today's game, where continuity and continuous ball movement are key pieces to the system. The ball and movement never stop. Bob Hurley was successful using this kind of offense in High School Basketball.

UCLA OFFENSE

John Wooden's legendary UCLA offense is still a staple in many teams all over the world to this day. This offense helped UCLA win multiple NCAA titles and has foundational pieces still useful to this day.

PRINCETON OFFENSE

Developed by Pete Carril at the University of Princeton, the Princeton Offense is a two guard high offense without the need of a true Point. Being detailed, this offense requires IQ, with a lot of screening, cutting and passing.

RUN & GUN OFFENSE

Run & Gun offenses such as the Grinnell System are designed for 3 point shooting and high volume of shots at goal. There is time restraints in this offense, forging quick shots. These offenses look for shots within 8 seconds.

TRIANGLE OFFENSE

We all know the Triangle Offense from the days of the Chicago Bulls. Designed by Coach Tex Winter and later promoted heavily to Michael Jordan and Co. by Phil Jackson. Reminants of the traingle are still in the game today. 

DELAY SPREAD

Delay Spread offenses are defined to burn clock, delay possession change, and seek defenses to step out and commit to the basketball. North Carolina 4 corners delay is a perfect example of this offense.

NBA CORNER FILLED

In today's current NBA, corner filled offenses almost dominate most teams transition and early offensive attacks. Corner filled offenses create the necessary spacing for Downhill drives and Pick & Rolls.

DRIBBLE DRIVE MOTION

The dribble drive motion offense, designed by Vance Walberg, is a 4 guard offense with driving lanes and always in attack mode. Coach John Calipari popularized it in the modern game today.

READ & REACT OFFENSE

A good example go a read and react offense includes the Michigan 2 Guard offense. Key goal is dribble penetration and reading off the drive. Good with spacing and off ball or weakside cutting.

EUROLEAGUE OFFENSES

Run & Gun offenses such as the Grinnell System are designed for 3 point shooting and high volume of shots at goal. There is time restraints in this offense, forging quick shots.

5 OUT OFFENSE

We all know the Triangle Offense from the days of the Chicago Bulls. Designed by Coach Tex Winter and later promoted heavily to Michael Jordan and Co. by Coach Phil Jackson. Reminants of the traingle are still in the game today. 

NO DRIBBLE OFFENSES

Delay Spread offenses are defined to burn clock, delay possession change, and seek defenses to step out and commit to the basketball. North Carolina 4 corners delay is a perfect example of this offense.

ZONE OFFENSES vs. 2-3

In today's current NBA, corner filled offenses almost dominate most teams transition and early offensive attacks. Corner filled offenses create the necessary spacing for Downhill drives and Pick & Rolls.

ZONE OFFENSES vs. 3-2

The dribble drive motion offense, designed by Vance Walberg, is a 4 guard offense with driving lanes and always in attack mode. Coach John Calipari popularized it in the modern game today.

ZONE OFFENSES vs. 1-3-1

A good example go a read and react offense includes the Michigan 2 Guard offense. Key goal is dribble penetration and reading off the drive. Good with spacing and off ball or weakside cutting.

OFFENSES vs. BOX & 1

Run & Gun offenses such as the Grinnell System are designed for 3 point shooting and high volume of shots at goal. There is time restraints in this offense, forging quick shots.

OFFENSES vs. TRIANGLE & 2

We all know the Triangle Offense from the days of the Chicago Bulls. Designed by Coach Tex Winter and later promoted heavily to Michael Jordan and Co. by Coach Phil Jackson. Reminants of the traingle are still in the game today. 

OFFENSES vs. PACKLINE

Delay Spread offenses are defined to burn clock, delay possession change, and seek defenses to step out and commit to the basketball. North Carolina 4 corners delay is a perfect example of this offense.

EARLY OFFENSES & TRANSITION

In today's current NBA, corner filled offenses almost dominate most teams transition and early offensive attacks. Corner filled offenses create the necessary spacing for Downhill drives and Pick & Rolls.

BLOB OFFENSES

The dribble drive motion offense, designed by Vance Walberg, is a 4 guard offense with driving lanes and always in attack mode. Coach John Calipari popularized it in the modern game today.

SLOB OFFENSES

A good example go a read and react offense includes the Michigan 2 Guard offense. Key goal is dribble penetration and reading off the drive. Good with spacing and off ball or weakside cutting.

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OFFENSIVE CONCEPTS

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MACCABI ACTION

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LITHUANIAN MOTION

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PICK THE PICKER

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MACCBAI ACTION

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DELAY ACTION

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FLOPPY's

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HAMMERS

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RAM

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SPANISH SCREENS

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ZOOM ACTION

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AMBUSH ACTION

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FLARES

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SCORING ACTIONS

Here are some of the most common scoring options in the game, used at all levels from Youth, to Intermediate, Collegiate and Professional.

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FLARES

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BACKSCREENS

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PINDOWNS

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FLOPPY's

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RAM's

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BACKDOORS

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OFF BALL CUTS

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DRIBBLE HANDOFFS

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POST UPS

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GIVE & GO's

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