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Basketball Plays for Specific Situations

Coaches today are faced with a smorgasbord of offensive ideas. I believe that most offenses will effectively work in proper situations with good timing, spacing and execution.

Get the best shooter the basketball

The dilemma, however, becomes choosing which offensive sets will work best for your team. Seldom do all players who start on a team have equal abilities. Therefore, the coach should use the positive characteristic of each in selecting offensive patterns.

The three-out-two-in with players set wide is an excellent offense for a team composed of smaller players. Such a mix of players should incorporate aggressive defensive tactics as an offensive weapon. The offensive pattern you choose depends upon your playerís speed, ball handling, and ability to penetrate toward the basket.

Offenses that begin from this structure are five players outside and a five man weave. A three-out-two-in set will get many good medium-range shots when three players coordinate their movements using inside screens. It is especially effective at getting good medium range shots for your best shooter. Any one of the five players can be set up for this.

Setting up a corner player

Basketball diagram showing how To set up the left corner man

To set up the left corner man, #5, the left outside man, #2 passes to #1, the outside middle man, and follows the pass, setting an inside screen to the left on defender #1. As #2 passes the ball #5 cuts to the basket. If open, #1 gives him a high pass. If not he fakes and uses his teammateís screen and drives all the way to the basket if he can. If not he stops at the elbow. #5 clears out to the other side should #1 come all the way.

Basketball diagram showing 2ís screen caused defender #1 to slide through between #2 and #1. All other teammates rotate clockwise.

2ís screen caused defender #1 to slide through between #2 and #1. All other teammates rotate clockwise.

Basketball diagram showing Seeing #1 stop at the elbow, #5 cuts to the outside of the double screen

Seeing #1 stop at the elbow, #5 cuts to the outside of the double screen, takes a handoff from #1 and shoots over the double screen and follows his shot. #4 also goes for the rebound as #3 plays safety in case the ball is lost.

This works for all players, except the pivot, from any set offense; however, I'm showing it wide here because the 3-2 wide set works good if your team is composed of smaller players. 

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