Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Zone offence

John Calipari

Against a 2-3 zone, you've got to attack the lane, they're playing a zone because they really can't guard you, they're trying to get you to shoot jumpers. If you get into the lane off a drive or pass you've got a chance.

Beat the zone up the court before it can get set up. If you can't score, get it to the other side, see what you have, then the third option is get it into the lane, a pass or dribble to the middle or low post.

The spots that are open against a 2-3 zone are the wide slots on each side (where 2 and 3 are positioned). When 3 has the ball, a guard has to take him, the other guard is on the rim-line. The further over that 2 gets, if X1 can't get to 2, a forward has to guard him, it's hard to bump that far out. Their zone offence attacks those slots.

Pick and roll against zone - if 2 has the ball and 4 ballscreens, guard X2 picks up 2 coming off the screen, on a pass to 3, a low defender has to take it, which is hard with 1 in the corner, 3 looks to drive a gap in the middle, they try to keep 5 behind the zone.

Also try to attack the middle of the zone by having one big screen for the other.

Defensively, when the ball gets to the middle of their zone, they go man to man.

See Zone set plays - Florida ballscreen 3s.

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