Offense with 2 Players Inside and 3 Outside
Many shots are made outside the system’s options. This is why the team must be prepared to take advantage of their resources outside the systems-this is even more important within the context of the 24” clock. I think we don’t necessarily have to take advantage of the complete 24”. Instead, in each action we must attack the basket, but avoiding bad decisions. That is, be prepared to take a shot or continue playing if none is available.
We’re looking for a “good shot,” but this is a subjective idea. For me, a good shot is one that gives us:
- Good balance.
-a positive psychological impact against the other team.
-A good chance to score.
To get a good shot in the last 10” of possession, we must move as a team - until then, the defense, with help, 2x1, etc, has been able to stop our player from setting up a shot by themselves or with a one-on-one. Our best player must understand the defense’s situation and take a risk with the ball, or not take it if a team-mate has generated an advantage. Therefore, this last decision is not necessarily the last shot.
- Central penetration from the point guard.
Take advantage of his capacity to play a 1x1. Two posts below. The small forwards can open up around the 6.25 m, in the space around the “letters,” and along the free-throw line. This way the defenders´ recoveries are long, and the pass has two inside passing lanes and two outside passing lanes (DIAGRAM 01).
1. If the post’s defender helps the penetration, take a position that allows for play with the center—keep your feet in movement—or with 2nd help, pivot and pass to the player freed from the 2nd help.
2. If the post’s defender holds without help, the post may open up and look for a 3-4 meter shot. It all depends on our player’s characteristics.
If a forward can shoot, pass down to the low post or penetrate again to take advantage of the defense’s unbalance, recuperating by attacking with the front foot. The forward gets the ball, attacks the basket to provoke a recovery and break the defender. The point guard opens up to the corner he has passed to after penetration (DIAGRAM 02).
We can also pick for the floating defender of the post for the forward to get the ball. After picking the post we can try and get the ball inside the zone—not at the low post—since unless there has been a change in defenders there is a pass inside (DIAGRAM 03).
- Direct screen.
We position ourselves as in DIAGRAM 04. Opened up on the opposite side of the pick for the defenders to not be able to help.
If the defense goes 2x1 to the ball, 5 comes up to get the ball. If we can penetrate, 5 looks for the ball within the zone. If the outside defense floats, we can pick to shoot after one or two passes (DIAGRAM 05). The picker must look for contact with their defender inside the zone to get the ball there (DIAGRAM 06).
If after the 1st penetration there is no shot because there has been a defensive rotation, we pass one more time (DIAGRAM 07). If no shot is available because the defender has recovered, we look for a 2nd penetration (DIAGRAM 08).
-Play with the low post.
We try taking advantage of the 1st help. The perimeter players must keep a safe distance between them. If the other post is a good shooter, he goes up to the elbow to shoot or play with the posts (DIAGRAM 09). I don’t like the forward on the strong side to cut to the corner because this reduces spaces.
If he is not a good shooter, its better that he waits below—if he goes up to the free throw line, the defender helps much more. If the defender on the other post helps and the forward takes the post – 2nd help- we go back to the pick and take the ball back out (DIAGRAM 10).
- Indirect picks and few dribbles: use this option if we don’t have a good dribbler. Take special care on the quality of the picks, how they’re read, etc. (DIAGRAMS 11 and 12)
- Work for the outside: blind pick from the post to the forward if the ball’s inside. If the defender passes the pick in front of the attacker, go to the opposite corner. If he passes above, go to the corner on the same side- changing angle of the post pick (DIAGRAMS 13 and 14).
If the shooter does not cut to the other side, the other post blind picks the forward on the weak side—this pick must be somewhat up high for the shooter to have space to go to the corner if the defender passes from above. For the post’s blind pick, look for contact with the defender, he doesn’t expect it. Pass the picks man on man (DIAGRAM 14).
If we take advantage to shoot and our player is not a good penetrator, we can set another block. The shooters must learn to use their body to trap their defenders into the picks. There are often fouls drawn after these picks (DIAGRAM 15).