X’s and O’s

Inside Screens and Pick-and-Roll

Elevate - dominant post2Having a dominant post player in the dribble drive poses some questions, most notably; How do you use them effectively in an offense predicated on guard drives?

We’ve created several options for post-ups, but at the moment we’re focusing on creating pick-and-roll options.

We’ve combined a post-up and a pick-and-roll option out of the elevate: The guard elevates the 2 and passes to him. As 1 is cutting through he sets a screen for the post (5). 5 immediately looks for the inside option, then proceeds to ball screen for 2.

The Drop Zone Extended

I don’t claim that the way we’re running the dribble drive is much different than what other people runs – in fact most of it is just taking the best of Walberg’s and Calipari’s options and combining them. We do try to look out for new options, though, and a few of them end up being part of the way we run the offense.

During preseason we’ve experimented with new options and one option is really standing out. As a part of the way we teach the offense we don’t teach the drop zone kick-up until we’ve put everything else in and can run it really well, as that option very easily becomes the primary option, and we feel the offense has much better options.

Because of this we’ve had a chance to really look at the drop zone back door options, and we’ve added a wrinkle inspired by Calipary, but which fits in really well with Walbergs original offense.

On the drop zone stop our looks are the normal ones:

Drop zone back door1

  • 2 steps high and goes back door
  • 5 T’s up to create space for the back door, then when 2 doesn’t get the ball he steps high to look for the ball.

If we don’t pass it to 2 or 5 we will cut 4 hard off 1 and throw the pass in front of 4 as he turns the corner.

Drop zone back door2

We find that there’s almost no possibility of defensive help on this option as we have cleared the side and shooters are spotted up on the weak side.

4’s cut on pass to 5

On a pass from 2 to 5 we also have 4 cut hard to the side, but here we’re looking for post options. If 4 doesn’t go 1-on-1 he passes off to O5:

Drop zone back door3

Now O5 has a couple of options:

Drop zone back door4

5 can either duck in hard and look for the ball in the post on a give-and-go, or he can set a ball screen and we run the pick and roll.

Note: It’s a common misunderstanding that the ball screen isn’t a part of the Dribble rive offense, but nothing could be more wrong. It would be wrong to exclude such a powerful weapon from your offensive arsenal, and it can be used as part of the Dribble Drive Offense without problems.

Using the post player in the Dribble Drive

There are several ways of utilizing the post player in the Dribble Drive motion offense.

Generally the post player in the Dribble Drive has been thought to just be the one “cleaning up” when the perimeter players shoot the ball, but there are a lot of options for a dominant post player in the offense.

To really use the post players in the offence it’s necessary to teach them how to seal inside and how to catch the ball and score on the move. It’s possible to work back to the basket post-up players into the offense, but they will be much more effective if they can play on the move.

Using the post player on drag zone drives1_drag_zone_lane_penetration4

On drag zone drive D4 will almost always step into the key a little further.

On a pass to 3 the post 4 must turn and pin his man.

3 must look inside for 4, as he might have very good position in the key if his man has stepped to the ball.

6 Responses to X’s and O’s

  1. tom blum says:

    Hi,
    It seems on paper to really unbalance the floor when you design the offense to incorporate the post player? it seems loaded left, do you see an advantage from a drive from the right side?

  2. tom blum says:

    Hi,
    It seems on paper to really unbalance the floor when you design the offense to incorporate the post player? it seems loaded left, do you see an advantage from a drive from the right side? or is this an intended clear out?

  3. tom blum says:

    Hi,
    It seems on paper to unbalance the floor when you design the offense to incorporate the post player? it seems loaded left, do you see an advantage from a drive from the right side? or is this an intended clear out?

    • coach_o says:

      Hi Tom,

      The offense is all about clearing out space for the player with the ball to drive to the basket, and the post player is constantly moving to the weak side.

      There is no preference for driving from the left or right side in the offense, as the movement off right and left side drives is the same.

      The floor is constantly spaced, leaving gaps for penetration.

      It should be mentioned that there are also options of using a strong side post player.

  4. Michael S. says:

    Hi Coach,

    I bought the book and realy liked it. But there are some problems with the numbers of the players in some pages.

    ps. DonĀ“t stop the posts!

    • coach_o says:

      Hi Coach,

      Thanks!

      Can you let me know which pages you’ve found errors on so I’ll be able to correct it. I’m using it myself a lot and haven’t found any errors yet.

      Thanks,

      Coach O

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