10 quick-hitting actions (audibles) with multiple reads, players have freedom to drive and make plays with the spacing they need. One-word commands are simple and strong.
The first big runs to the paint (here it's 5), the wings run wide to the corners, the second big is a slow trailer, he assesses what they are doing.
1 hits strongside wing 2, cuts through, 5 clears to the opposite block, 4 runs into a side ballscreen, options are
- 2 drives baseline (the low post is open), look for a two-on-one against X5 or kick-outs to weakside shooters,
- a wing pick and pop (keep four-around-one spacing) with a weakside triangle (with 3 at 45 degrees), 5 cracks (ducks) in hard as 2 comes off the screen (shown, there has to be good timing)
- against a trap or hard show, 2 passes to 4 popping, for a shot.
See Fast breaks - Florida 2006.
For an outstanding driver who doesn't need a screen, he can break down his man, put him on his best side (here 2 is left-handed), surround him with shooters. 1 passes to 2, cuts off 5 to the ballside corner, 4 and 3 interchange, 3 gets to the line of 45.
2 lets 1 clear out, the middle opens up, with two shooters spread weakside, often 4 will get a wide-open shot as X4 helps in the paint.
If 2 throws back to 1 in the corner, look inside right away to 5 isolated in the low post.
See Offence - Walberg dribble-drive attack
(Kickups), Calipari dribble-drive
2 and 4 are denied, 1 makes a dribble handoff to 2, 4 comes in for a top pick and pop (5 stays low) or pick and roll (5 replaces, shown).
2 can pass back to 5 into a high-low, see Shallow
1 can make a read if X1 jumps high, skip the exchange, keep the ball, look to get it into the post.
Use a shallow cut to get the ball to the wing when 2 is denied, it's like a shallow zipper cut, 2 clears the wing and comes up top, 1 can bust it up the side. The first option is an early post entry, 5 cracks in to get a piece of the paint.
On a pass to 2, 4 picks and pops (shown), or rolls and 5 replaces, see Exchange above.
2 is denied, 1 hits the trailer off the elbow at the top of the key, it's right into flex action, 5 sets a flex screen, the first look is 2, 5 cracks in, 4 can take one dribble and pass to 5.
1 moves to the wing, creating space, if 4 passes to 1 he downscreens for 2, isolating 5 in the low post.
If 4 reverses the ball to 3, 2 posts then cross-screens for 5 (little-big) if he doesn't have anything, then 4 screens for 2 (screen the screener).
See Offences - Flex specials (Xavier, cross), Nets (cross option, also cross-fist, cross-get), Fast breaks - Memphis (Flex cut), Serbia U18
2 and 4 are denied, 5 flashes to the ballside elbow for a pass, 2 comes out and sets up a backdoor cut, 1 sets up a cut for a handback then goes to the corner if it's not there, 4 downscreens for 3 right into a dribble handoff.
5 rolls, 3 looks to attack the basket for a shot or kick-out to 1, 4 gets 2 for a two-man game on a throw-back from 3 (2 shoots or passes into 4).
See Offence - Seth Greenberg slice, Horns 45 backdoor
They're getting stagnant, try to get some movement, crossing action, different guys handling the ball. 1 passes to 2 and cuts to the basket, 4 screens down for 3, who comes up to the top of the key.
2 passes to 3 and cuts into the lane for single-double action, 4 and 5 are screeners at the blocks, 1 and 2 can cross and come out.
Get into high-low on a pass to a wing.
Or get into a quick Wide, 4 circles up to ballscreen.
A favourite with a shooter like JJ Redick. 1 dribbles towards shooter 2, 4 downscreens for 3, setting up a two-guard front, 2 has a baseline double-screen, or can come back out to the same side off 5 (1 keeps his dribble alive and brings it back, or 3 throws back to 1).
If 1 can't pass to 3 he shallows him out (tell him to shallow, bring it over, 3 shallow cuts).
A pass to 2 would set up a high-low (5 comes high), on a pass to 3, 2 runs the baseline again.
See Fast breaks - Florida 2006, Serbia U20, Xavier (staggers).
4 downscreens for 3, who curls into the lane (the first option) then uses a flarescreen from 5, while 4 screens for 2. 1 keeps his dribble alive.
On a pass to 3, he can rip through and drive baseline (shown), the low post is empty, if he doesn't have that, 5 will ballscreen.
On a pass to 2, get into a quick high-low.
4 is an athletic big, 3 upscreens, 5 flashes to the ball to occupy his defender, the first look is a lob pass.
On a pass to 3, look for a shot or take it to the side, isolate 4 in the low post, 5 comes over into high-low.
27If none of that is open, 5 runs into a pick and roll, 4 replaces, 3 can throw back to 4 for a shot or pass into the low post.
See Quick hitters - Lob options, Fast breaks - Atkins 2-out, Basketball Highway.