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A staple of the dribble drive offense: getting open by replacing a driving player

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This is less of a set play demonstrated by VCU and more of a concept. It is a concept of the dribble drive offense, which has the perimeter players stepping to the openings created by the drive and spotting up for the shot. The key point is that the perimeter player does not stay in one spot around the three point line but relocates and leaves it up to the driver to see the passing lane and find him.

Look where Bradford Burgess is when Darius Theus starts the drive, off the ball screen. Burgess is nearly in the corner and not in a spot where Theus could get him the ball in a scoring position.

Watch him as Theus starts the drive, as he relocates to the top of the key to lose his defender and get in the passing lane for Theus.

Theus is swarmed by the defense and looks to have few options. Thanks to Burgess replacing him at the top of the key, he does have an outlet, though. With Burgess’  man in help position on the ball screen, Burgess is able to find space by relocating to the top of the key, replacing Theus, who finds him on the kick out.

Burgess has plenty of space, as it takes the defender too long to locate him and close out. This gives him plenty of time to get the shot off and finish the play.

You can see how a perimeter player can get open by replacing the driving player. With their defender likely providing help, this movement will give the shooter the extra bit of space needed to get a shot off. It’s just up to the driver to find them relocating and provide the kick out pass.

It may be a simple concept but it is one that not all teams or players always understand and execute. You can often see players standing still on the perimeter and not creating space from their defender or getting in the vision of the ball handler so they can receive a pass. VCU demonstrated the amount of space that can be created by the simple concept of replacing a driving teammate.


Written by Joshua Riddell

March 7, 2011 at 3:04 am

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