Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Dave Smart first step

Attacker 1 is sitting on his non-dominant left pivot foot (75% of his weight), ball in the right pocket in triple threat. He figures out where there is the most light going directly to the rim, sells opposite, makes a low and long first-step move to get past defender 2. If 2 is straddling 1 with his top foot in the middle of 1's stance, then 1 will attack the top foot, forcing 2 to open up. 1 always goes by 2 shoulder to hip, swimming and fouling with his other hand. Push the ball in front (drop and chase), you are not dribbling, a ball above the waist will be called a travel.

Sell opposite with a jab step or a hard sweep to the other leg if the defender is bodied up, or an upfake if he is backing off. Be quick with the right foot, don't shift weight on a jab step.

Going right, 1 sells with a sweep to his left leg (sit and rocker step), a jab step right, or an upfake and C. Be slow with an up fake, move the ball 5-6 inches, sell with your eyes, catch the ball with the pivot leg bent in a V (on a close-out, up fake).
Mads Olesen - 2 is static, 1 goes by him by reaching, grabbing and going to the basket with one dribble.

1 then jump stops, passes to 2, and comes out as the passive defender on 2.

When 2 attacks left (a crossover step), he first sells opposite with an upfake and J, or sweeps and/or jabs right, sitting on the left leg (never jab across your body).

Counter-moves include jab-shoot and upfake-shoot.

See Layups - One dribble from the arc, 1 on 1 - Dave Smart first step, Shooting - Dave Smart finishing.

coachesclipboard.ca - the defender has his arms out in an "airplane" stance, forcing the attacker to go by shoulder to hip.

goxavier.com - Guard iso - the defender guards very tight, fouling and reaching, the attacker must be ball tough and sweep through several times (4-5 seconds) before going by strong and tight to the defender for a one-dribble pull-up, see Footwork - Ball tough.

Tony Bergeron - shot fake first to get a defender out of stance, rip thru left or right. If he stays in stance, jab directly at him, back him up to get off a shot, or if he overplays with one foot too high, attack the lead foot. See Footwork - 5star pairs jab vs close-out.

Hal Wissell - a good shot fake gets the defender to straighten his legs, creating space to shoot over him.

Chris Paul - whenever you jab move the ball too, that's the only way the defender is going to move (you can't go without the ball), if the defender moves, jab and crossover.

Stan Van Gundy - on a crossover step, sweep the ball below the knees. Tim Duncan makes a sweep from one shoulder to the other, Allen Iverson sweeps from one ankle to the other then back to the same ankle, and Kobe Bryant sweeps from shoulder to hip.

Ettore Messina - he does not like players holding the ball, players should be square as they catch and make their move immediately or give it back up (shoot, drive, make one shot fake if unsure what to do, then pass if nothing is available). He always starts 1-on-1 drills from a catch, this is what happens in a game, starting a jab series from a stationary held-ball position encourages isolation play and lack of ball movement, which he does not like.

Taylor Allan
- attacking on the perimeter, the lowest man wins, get low and tight
- make your defender move first or you move fast - make him change his stance so he is reacting to you (e.g., jab at his lead foot), or catch and go fast if you see a gap before catching, and before he can react
- turn the corner, cut him off, cross to the other hand so he doesn’t poke it away from behind
- make him move fast, then attack opposite his momentum.

Chris Oliver - an attacker will never be more open than when they first catch the ball. Two feet in the air before a catch, no pause on the catch, as soon as your feet hit the ground you are immediately into your shot, pass, or drive. A rip occurs off offensive cutting action (e.g. off a screen), instead of squaring up. jump stop on a catch, immediately step towards the basket with a push-out dribble. If a first dribble is not towards the rim, or the defender gets chest to chest, counter on the second dribble, behind the back is the preferred counter, the attacker can continue forward movement (with between the legs, the ball goes backwards or to the side first).

See Scrimmage - George Karl 45-54-45, 4 on 4 on 4.

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