Updated: Dec 16, 2020
In this post, we will discuss the offensive concepts that our team will employ when no immediate shot comes out of transition.
Flow Offense is important to our offensive philosophy. Like many teams, our preference would be to push the basketball in transition and score before the defense is set. If that is not possible then we would like our players to be able to execute a few offensive concepts that do not require them to stop and "Run a Play". This aspect of Half Court Offense, which occurs after initial transition efforts are neutralized, is what we call Flow Offense.
What we are doing with Flow Offense is giving our players a basic structure and spacing template to play from, while allowing them to make reads and choices based on the defense's response. It is essentially a mix of structure and freedom. From a coach's perspective, we need to make it clear early in the preseason what triggers Flow Offense, what options the players have, and what reads they should look for. Let's take a look at what we're working on for this upcoming season.
I - Triggers & Half Court Spacing
One thing that will improve your Half Court Flow is focusing on getting your players to end their transition run in your Half Court offensive spacing. In our case, we would like our players to end their transition runs with this general five out spacing. We are keeping the middle of the floor open while stretching the defense both vertically and horizontally.
Half Court Spacing -
We are viewing are players 1-4 are interchangeable. Even though players are numbered and placed in these specific positions - any one of those players could potentially fill the corners, fill the high wing, or enter the basketball into the Half Court.
Basic Spacing Template -
Corners are Filled
Ball has entered in the Slot
Opposite High Wing Filled
5 Man Fills the Point
Q. What if a Perimeter Player ran to the rim in transition?
A. Any player (5 Man included) who sees a chance to the run to the rim and receive a pitch ahead pass may do so. However, if they do not get the basketball we are asking our A) Perimeter Players to fill back out to the nearest corner, and B) our 5 Man to fill back out to the point.
Trigger into Half Court Offense -
The way that we know that Transition Offense has ended and Half Court Flow has began is establishing a trigger.
The Trigger for us entering into Half Court Flow is the entry pass to the Trailer.
That pass to the Trailer is the last option in transition so when this pass is made we are conceding that our priority options in Transition are not there.
1 - Pitch Ahead Pass
2 - Attack the Rim
3 - Play Through the Trailer
Once this pass to the trailer has been made we have a few concepts that we can employ and the bulk of that decision making will fall on the 5 Man.
II - Trailer Options
We want to give our Trailer a few options to execute once he receives the entry pass. The two concepts we are looking to employ are:
Motion Strong Action
Stagggered DHO Action
It is ultimately up to the trailer to decide what concept is going to be executed, but I do think there are a few reads & situational factors that can help him make that decision.
We'll get into these in a bit more detail further down in the post - but some of those factors might include:
Dead Ball or Live Ball
Defense is Denying or Switching , etc.