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How to attack zone defenses with a double-post motion basketball offense - Part 1

In preparing to attack zone defenses, there are several fundamentals that must be taught players if they are to be successful in a consistent manner. These areas of instruction include:
  1. The use of different screening techniques.
  2. Penetration by perimeter players into the middle of the zone via the dribble or a pass to a post player.
  3. Only dribble for the following reasons:
    • to penetrate the zone.
    • to improve your angle of pass to your teammate.
    • to get out of trouble.
    • to prevent a 5 second count violation. It is very important that your players understand what the 5 second count.
  4. Frequent ball reversal to make the defense move expanding the zone horizontally.
  5. Frequent use of the skip pass.
  6. Using the 3-point shot as a weapon.

Basic Alignment

Guide to coaching basketball: Double-post motion offense against a zone defenseGuide to coaching basketball: Double-post motion offense against a zone defense
Guide to coaching basketball: Double-post motion offense against a zone defenseThese 3 figures show possible starting alignments: a 1-4, a 1-2-2, or a 1-3-1. Each has its own specific advantage.

All zone defenses can be grouped into two distinct groups. There are those with odd-player fronts and even-player fronts. Since the point guard to set up high in the seam, his floor position in the starting alignment will be different against a 2-3 zone than it is against a 1-3-1 zone. Fig. 1 and Fig. 3 illustrates the point guard's position in both group of zones. He has the option of either side of the floor. You need to attack from both sides of the court. Don't become simply a right handed team.

The Post Player:

You have 2 post players in this offense. They may locate at/or near 8 different locations:
  1. low post(s).
  2. elbow(s).
  3. outside 3-point line just above the elbow(s).
  4. short corner(s)

The Perimeter Players:

You have 3 perimeter players. The 5 spots they can locate at are:
  1. the point vicinity.
  2. the wing(s) vicinity.
  3. the corner(s) vicinity.
When the offense begins the ball is in the point's hands and the other two players are usually in the wing areas. Perimeter players should try to stay about 12 feet apart. If you are more than 12 feet apart - the ball is in the air longer and the chance for a deflection increases.

If you are closer than 12 feet you allow a defender to defend the pass and still be in position to stop the drive. Keep proper spacing.

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