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Dribble-drive quick-swing


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4-on-0 continuous dribble-drive pass-and-cut series (quick, swing), adding kickbacks and kickups. Pass-and-cut progressions:

Quick
Swing series
- swing-quick
- swing-quick-kickback
- swing-kickup (weakside)
- swing-kickup (ballside)
- swing
Quick series
- quick-swing
- quick-kickback-swing
Kickup series
- kickup-throwback
- kickup-swing.

Progression - add 5.

See Offences - Kentucky dribble-drive, Dribble-drive basics, Fast Break - Calipari swing series, Tactics - Matt Bollant dribble-drive.

Option - new players continuously rotate in from the baseline, see Tactics - Dribble-drive continuity.

1) Quick

Pass-cut-fill. 2 blast cuts on eye contact (or 1 calls his name), 1 passes, basket cuts.

Option - 1 crab dribbles, passes with one hand off the dribble.

See Layups - Drop and drag, Blast cuts.

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1 spaces out to the weakside corner, 3 starts to lift, 4 fills late (after a two-count), 2 passes to 4 and flattens back to the corner.

Cutter and ball arrive at the same time.

Ettore Messina - 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.

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Reverse the ball to 3 filling the other guard spot (4 is a reversal guy), 1 blast cuts for a pass, 3 basket cuts and clears, continue (reverse the ball, 2 will basket cut).

The sequence is quick-quick.

See Tactics - Teaching 4-out motion.
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2) Swing series

a) Swing-quick

1 reverses the ball to 4 (swing) and corner cuts, 3 lifts, 4 has a triple gap to attack.

John Calipari - 1 passes to 4 and cuts through the elbow to the corner, 3 lifts. 1 reads whether to pop back out if 4 drives left (see below).

Variation - 1 swings the ball, cuts to the basket (a through cut) and reads the play, e.g. exit cuts opposite a drive by 4.

Mads Olesen - it's a general rule that when you pass the ball on the perimeter, cut through to the basket and out the other side of penetration.

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4 hits the wing and goes all the way through, 2 lifts.

3 would look to attack middle (or use a 1-3-5 triangle to make a post entry).

Progression - 3 can pass to 1 in the corner, see Kickup series.

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(Here 1 makes a through cut on the 1-4 swing pass, reads the play, and replaces 3 for floor balance on the 4-3 quick)

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3 dribbles out, 2 lifts for a swing pass, 3 cuts, continue with 2-4 quick.

Option - 2 moves over on a two-count, 3 passes out top, 2 swings the ball to 4 (see Quick-swing).
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b) Swing-quick-kickback

1-4 swing into a 4-3 quick.



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3 drives middle, 2 kicks back for a pass, 3 replaces 2.

Option - 4 can kick up, then 3 would replace 4 in the corner.

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2-3 swing into a 3-4 quick, then continue with a 4-1 kickback and 1-4 swing.

Progression - 4 can drive middle for a kickback, or dribble out for a 4-1 swing (or wait for 1 to move over for a pass).
 
Calipari - they want to give 3 two looks.up

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c) Swing-kickup (weakside)

1-4 swing and corner cut, 4 drives a triple gap to the drop zone for a 4-2 kickup, replaces 2 in the corner.

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2 dribbles out, 2-3 swing and corner cut, 3-4 kickup, continue.up

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d) Swing-kickup (ballside)

1 passes to 4 and cuts, 4 drives for a kickup to 3, 1 reads it and pops out top (Calipari) or exits opposite (Olesen, shown).



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Swing the ball into a kickup on the other side, here 3 reads it and pops back out.

Continue.
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e) Swing

1-4 swing,

- 4 can run a 4-2 kickup, 4-3 kickup, or 4-3 quick (shown), 1 reads the play
- use a swing or kickback-swing to reverse the ball, continue.
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2) Quick series

2 gets open, 1 hits the wing and goes all the way through, 3 lifts.

In a game, 2 looks to attack baseline or middle.

Olesen - on a quick or kickup, 2 looks to shoot/attack first, skip second, a pass back to the top is the last option.

Variation - 1-4 kickback into a 4-2 quick (Calipari).

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a) Quick-swing

4 fills late (after a two-count), 2 passes to 4 and flattens to the corner, 3 replaces 4.

Olesen - 2 stays, 4 swings the ball to 3, cuts and replaces 2 in the corner, 2 replaces 4. 4 backcuts if denied.

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4-3 swing into a 3-1 quick.

4 reads whether 3 drives left.

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2 gives 1 a two-count then moves over for a pass, 1 cuts through for floor balance and 3 lifts.

Option - 2 has a triple gap to attack, so 1 gives him a two-count before cutting (see Kickup series).

Kentucky - 1 passes and basket cuts, 2 can drive the drop zone (and does not have a triple gap, 3 filled behind).

Variation - 1 dribbles out and swings the ball to 2, see Swing series.

See Offence - Kentucky dribble-drive (swing series), Fast Break - Calipari swing series.

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Continue with a 2-3 swing, 3-1 quick, 4 lifts and will move over for a pass from 1.up

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b) Quick-kickback-swing

After 1 hits 2 and goes through (quick), 2 drives middle, 4 fills behind, 3 kicks back, 2 passes to 3.

Progression - 2 can drive middle or wait and pass to 4 moving over.

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3-2 swing into a 2-1 quick.

Kentucky - they want to give 2 two looks. 3 cuts through the elbow, but reads whether to keep going or pop back out. The passer also reads the ballhandler on a Quick set.

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1 drives middle, 4 kicks back for a pass, then continue with 4 swinging the ball.

Progression - drive middle (kickback-swing) or wait and pass to 4 (swing).
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3) Kickup series

1 drives for a kickup to 2.

2 would look to shoot, drive middle (e.g. into a 2-4 kickback or 2-3 kickup), or skip pass to 3..

Variations

- 1-4 kickback into a 4-2 kickup
- 1-3 kickup
- 1-4 swing into a 4-2 or 4-3 kickup (see above).

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a) Throwback

2 makes a return pass to 1 and cuts through (1 can drive from the corner), 4 moves over on a two-count.

5 would post on the pass to 1.

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1 dribbles and passes to 4, reverse the ball into another kickup, e.g.

- a direct 4-2 kickup, 3 kicks back (shown)
- 4-3 swing into a 3-2 kickup
- 4-3 kickback, 3-4 swing into a 4-2 kickup.

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b) Swing

If 2 has no play, 4 moves over for a pass after a two-count, and has a triple-gap to attack (Olesen).

A 4-3 kickup is an option.

4 backcuts if overplayed.

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2 balances the floor after a two-count (Olesen).

Reverse the ball into another kickup, e.g. with a 4-3 swing (4 reads it).
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