Flex variations Tubby Smith
Tubby Smith 30 Series
Run flex as a secondary break, with 18 to 21 foot spacing outside the arc. 5 ducks in when 1 has the ball.
Always look for ball reversal, the baseline cut is the basic cut. 1 steps in the direction of his pass to 4, giving a better angle for the downscreen. Screen higher for a 3-point shooter, lower for a big.
5 screens for 2 with his fist raised then opens to the ball. It's 2's job to use the screen, he sets up his man, if X2 goes over the screen 2 fakes high and goes under (vice versa if X2 goes under), then 2 angles towards the ball.
Flex is a good offence with equal-size players, to get the ball inside (Gary Williams has 5 duck in on the flex cut), to get open jump shots, and to control tempo, but requires patience. Flex was big until the shot clock came in.
Backdoor and Fill
If 4 is overplayed he cuts backdoor to the rim, 3 fills, 4 replaces 3.
3 also backcuts if overplayed, on the second time 1 dribbles over, 5 fills behind into flex.
Pass to the wing
If 5 is ballside on a pass to the wing, they don't want to bring him out, post him up, stagger screen for a shooter in the other corner, into flex.
If a guard is posting ballside, he backscreens, the passer shuffle cuts to the basket and posts up. It's regular flex on a pass to 3.
Option - when bigs pass to the wing, have them downscreen and quick post if their defender is having trouble guarding.
To counter switching defences, the screener slips a downscreen, or the cutter curls and the screener pops. Dribble outs and wing hand-offs are also counters, as are ballscreens (pass to the wing and follow).
If X2 goes over the flex screen, 2 calls "bump", 5 re-screens for a skip pass.
2 calls "go", 5 snaps across the lane, 2 comes to the top.
Use go or bump if X2 cheats in (sags). If it's a big in the corner, be patient, run your cuts.
5 is weakside, sets the baseline screen for 3 as the ball is brought upcourt, get right into flex.
b) 5 is ballside, 1 waves 5 across to go screen for 3.
c) Dribble entry
2 backcuts, 5 comes to the top.
If 5 is denied, 2 backscreens (or 5 downscreens).
d) 1-4 flat
The bigs are on the blocks, 1 picks a side, the opposite big flashes high. 1 may need to use a stepback crossover move to make the pass.
Can also use 1-4 high.
To post right away from the weakside wing, 1 passes to 2, 5 backscreens for 1, 4 goes to the weakside block.
On a pass to 5, 4 ducks in, 3 flares to the wing, 4 replaces if there is no pass.
Fighting constant ball pressure is key, you have to allow the flex screen and downscreen to take place. You can't always throw it to the corner, that gets you out of the offence quite a bit.
Against a switching defence, 5 may pass to 4 and slip the downscreen, or 1 bumps and fades for a pass then hits 5 posting up (4 and 2 fill spots on the pass to 1).
The New Jersey Nets do it a lot.
If 1 can't do anything with the ball, he dribbles across for a guard to guard hand-off, 4 passes back to 1.
Kentucky will dribble weave then flex cut inside 10 seconds on the shot clock.
5 flashes to the middle, 1 hits him, 2 and 3 flarescreen
5 passes to 4 (or 1), 3 screens for 5, opens to the ball then pops into flex.
New Jersey Nets
1 passes to 2, 4 shuffle cuts off 5 to the ballside block, 5 then flarescreens for 1, into flex.
To get some quick movement, 1 passes to 4, 2 always goes low on the flex cut looking for a lob pass, 5 ducks in, 1 flares, 5 replaces.