Motion Strong Variations

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Use variations of Motion Strong Action to combat troublesome defensive tactics or to get specific players touches in preferred locations.


At some point over the course of thirty two minutes of game play the defense will begin to get a read on your most common half court actions. Perhaps the defense is denying a key pass, sagging off of a non shooter, or maybe switching to prevent a certain player from touching the ball. Although I would not advocate for continually "adding more" to your players' plates, I do think that having a few wrinkles that seamlessly blend with your offensive concepts will benefit your offensive efficiency. They will also give you a way to combat common problems you see in case your players struggle to recognize it quickly.


One of the benefits of Motion Strong Action is that it can be easily tweaked to combat various defensive strategies, and get specific players touches in preferred locations. The actions that are presented in this blog post present a slight variation in Motion Strong action, each of which are designed to force the defense to defend a new wrinkle.


The Actions Presented were used to:

1. Get a Perimeter Player into the Post

2. Get a Two Man Action on the Weak Side

3. Open the Middle for Curls (vs. a Sagging X5 defender)



Chin Action

Chin Action, as we called it, would start with getting your key perimeter player the basketball. What we are trying to do is get our isolate our best player in the post with a Back Screen, Staggered Screen combo. In the video clips below we used Chin Action off of a dead ball. We simply inbounded the basketball to the key player and then executed the Back Screen, Stagger Screen Action. In the diagram pictured below I presented a scenario where you could simply get a Slot to Wing DHO to then flow into that same concept.




Single Down Screen Action

Single Down Screen Action, is an action that can be called by the coach or one that can be given to players as an option. In the video clips below the player who makes the slot to slot pass, which typically initiates the Motion Strong Action, decides to make a 45 cut instead. There are a few benefits to this as it now opens up the weak side more than normal.


What Opens Up?

1. Better Driving Gap off a Straight Cut

2. Opens up the Slip to the Rim for the Roller.

3. Chance to Post Up your 2nd Screener (Not Shown in Video)