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Keith Benson passes nicely out of the double team

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I got a rare chance to see Oakland in action tonight and was excited to see Keith Benson show his skills. He did not disappoint with 20 points and 13 rebounds in a big win for the Grizzlies. I was impressed with several things with Benson tonight, including his ability to pass out of a double team.

The ball gets entered into the post to Benson where he is met with an immediate double team. The double team comes to the low side, cutting off the baseline but allowing him to see the rest of the court.

Benson sees the double coming and does not panic. He pivots and faces the floor to weigh his option. With Will Hudson (#4) cutting through, proper defensive rotation means that the skip pass should be open.

With Benson facing the floor, he can easily see the open man and make the skip pass across the court to the open man.

Oral Roberts does the best they can with the defensive rotation, as Hudson’s man closes out but this leaves the corner player wide open. The extra pass is made and the corner jumper is buried.

This shows great composure by Benson. The double team comes but instead of being forced into taking a bad shot or turning the ball over, he faces the defense, sees the open man and gets the ball in a position for his teammates to score. A nice play by him, even though he does not get recognized on the score sheet for this.


Written by Joshua Riddell

December 31, 2010 at 5:07 am

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  1. Really enjoyed reading this analysis! Benson has often been double and triple teamed this season and has struggled when putting the ball on the floor in such situations so it was great to see him keep it above his waist and dish to the open man.


    December 31, 2010 at 5:24 am

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