Posts Tagged ‘off ball movement’
With the FIBA Americas tournament underway in Venezuela, with four spots available for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, we’ll look at some offensive and defensive strategies from this tournament. Follow along on ESPN3.
While Canada found their offensive success through sets, Argentina’s offensive profile is built more around a free-flowing style of cuts coupled with quick ball movements. There are still screens but many of them come on ball screens, which lead to the screener cutting to the rim or opening space for a post up.
The opening possession (first play in the sequence below) is a great example of this strategy. Each player is moving and cutting through the lane, while the Argentine players keep the ball moving, with only one dribble during the four passes they make. The play ends with an open shot after Luis Scola finds a wide open Fancudo Campazzo in the corner, after Campazzo cut from the top of the lane and his teammate cut to the strong side baseline.
If you saw the Louisville – Syracuse game today, you saw a clinic put on by Louisville on offense for the first 25 minutes or so. I thought Doris Burke did a great job of breaking down why they were having success, including showing the patience by the team and getting the ball to the middle of the zone.
One thing I want to focus on is the movement by the perimeter players. Sometimes I will see an offense space the three guards well around the three point line but they will simply pass the ball around, while at a stand still. This makes them easy to guard and renders the offense less effective as the defense does not have to move far to guard the offense.
Louisville did an excellent job of moving their guards around and it got them plenty of open looks from beyond the arc. I wanted to highlight a few possessions where they did this exceptionally well.
This post will touch on what players should do when the ball is in the post. While sometimes it is fine to stand and watch the post man go to work, some off the ball action can give the post player more options and more openings to create for himself.
There are basically two options that offensive players have once the ball is entered into the post: Dive from the high post or relocate to a new spot. Let’s look at these after the break.