Posts Tagged ‘post offense’
The 2013 EuroBasket tournament tips off Wednesday, featuring 24 teams from Europe competing for six spots in the 2014 Basketball World Cup. The past week featured some friendly games between some of the participants, giving us a look at some of the offensive tendencies of the teams. Follow along with the tournament on ESPN3.
Great Britain does not feature any NBA players on the EuroBasket roster while several of their players are not even listed on a professional team at this team. They will likely struggle in the tournament and it will be a surprise if they can finish in the top three of their group, allowing them to advance to the knockout round.
Most of the offense of Great Britain will run through the post. In two friendly games against Spain, we saw Great Britain go to the post again and again, with some success. They will allow anyone to post up at any time and we will see many guards post up with favorable matchups, reminding viewers of the days of the NBA in the 1990s.
The big men of Great Britain had to face Marc Gasol as their post defender, which made it difficult to score. However, they demonstrated some promising moves and will need to convert these opportunities into points. Not every defender will be as capable as Gasol, so the big men of Great Britain could find some success against other teams.
One thing that frustrates me is when players stand and watch when the ball is entered into the post. It seems rationale to think that spacing the floor allows the post man to have more room to work but staying stationary allows the help defense to sag and disrupt the post player (especially if they don’t have to worry about guarding the three point shot).
That is why I was ecstatic when Victor Davila made a great cut which of course, led to an easy dunk. Take a look.
Perry Jones showed nice recognition of the defense in their game today against La Salle, as he sees his defender is in poor position and seals him off for the layup.
Today we are going to look at how a team can get a man open in the post. There are a couple ways to do this, outside of just having the player post up. Let’s get to it.
This is the most obvious way to get open in the post, as the player relies on individual work to seal off his man and get the ball. In the following clip, watch the Bradley player call for the swing pass and seal off his defender with his off arm. He does a good job of gaining position and keeping it as he gets the entry pass.
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.