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Offensive Basketball Plays: Formation Flex Offense


The following offensive basketball plays all utilize a flex formation, a great way to promote ball movement and free up mid-range shooters.

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There are a few plays on this page, so please scroll down to read all the way through. Each play is accompanied with pictures and descriptions.

 

In the diagrams, the dotted line shows the direction the ball travels, while solid lines represent movement of the players...


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Offensive Basketball Play #1: FLEX STACK ENTRY

 


1)
This is Flex with a stack entry. 1 is in the middle up top.


2)
2 and 3 set screens for 4 and 5. 4 and 5 pop out to the 3 point line. 1 passes to 4 or 5.


3)
Ball-side: 2 pops out to 3 point line. 3 flashes inside looking for the ball, then screens away at 5. 5 cuts to the middle for an open shot or lay-up.


4)
1 picks the picker (3) and rolls to get open for a pass. 3 pops out at 3 point line. 2 gets open for a 3-pointer.



5)
5 sets screen for 2. 2 cutts inside. 4 picks the picker and rolls. 1 pops out. 5 cuts of the screen and pops out at 3 point line.


 






 

Offensive Basketball Play #2: FLEX II

 


1)
The offense starts in a stack...


2)
The guard (1) chooses a side, it doesn't matter which, and drives to the elbow. When the guard is doing that, the forward (3) flashes up to receive the ball. The center (5) moves to the three-point line to make room for the action that will take place in a few seconds. On the other side the center (4) moves also to the three-point line.



3)
After the guard (1) passes the ball to the forward (3), the center (4) flashes over the screen that has been set by the forward (2) and the guard comes down to set the screen for the other guard (2).

 

Make sure that when the center (4) comes over the screen he shows his hands to receive the pass inside from the forward (3). When the forward (2) has set the screen, make sure he also shows his hands to the forward with the ball (3) so that he can receive the ball from him.


4)
When the forward (2) runs to the elbow and receives the ball, the guard runs to the three point-line. The center (4) sets the screen while the other center (5) takes it. Actually it's kind of the same, during the rest of the play, it's always the same!


5)
When the ball can't be passed to the elbow, the center (4) moves out to the three point line and gets the ball from the forward (3) or whoever is on the elbow, in this case the forward (3). After he has given the ball, he gives a DOUBLE SCREEN AWAY. First on the other forward (or who is on the other elbow) and after that on the person that is at the three point line. And you get into the flex.

 





 

Offensive Basketball Play #3: FLEX III

 


1)
This offense can be used against man-to-man, zone or box-and-one defenses.

 

1 can pass in either direction, preferably towards the strong side.


2)
Pass from 1 to 4, 1 cuts to the corner with the help of the screens set by 3 and 5.


3)
4 takes his jumper or look for 1 in the corner or 5 in the low post.

 

If nothing is there, 4 passes to 3.


4)
Pass from 4 to 3, 4 cuts to opposite low post with the help of the screen set by 5.

 

The moment 4 passes, 1 takes 4 position.



5)
3 can takes his jumper or passes to the open guard.


6)
1 can takes his jumper or passes to 5 in the low post.




 

 

Offensive Basketball Play #4: KENNY'S FLEX

 


1)
1 dribbles in and sends ball over to 2 while 4 kicks out and 5 sets a screen for 3.

 

Keys to success: - set good screens - don't set screen too soon - ball fake before pass - low player's ability to finish under pressure


2)
2 passes the ball down to 4 and makes a basket cut before setting a screen for 1

 

4 is looking for 3 as he is cutting across the key.

 

A quick pass down low should allow 3 an easy basket.



3)
1 is free for a reverse pass if 3 is heavily guarded or double-teamed. Or 1 could use the screen and cut toward the basket for a short feed from 3.

 

Double Down Option: 1 and 2 set double screen for 3 who circles to the elbow for a quick shot.


4)
Once the ball goes back to 1 the play is ready to be reset from the opposite side.




 

 

Offensive Basketball Play #5: SPACE I

 


1)
1 dribbles to one side which becomes the ball-side. 2 goes for the double-screen with 5. 4 pops out up top. 3 cuts through using the double screen.


2)
2 pops out to ball-side elbow after double-screening. 1 has four passing options. The following set is dealing with the first option: pass to the wing 3.


3)
3 should look for an open shot after receiving the pass. 2 screens for 1; 1 cuts through. 3 could look for a give and go with 1 or plays with 5 who is posting up down low.


4)
If 3 passes to 5 he cuts after the pass. 5 should look for an 1 on 1 option down low. He could give a hand-off to 3 or dribble out to the 3 point line.


5)
2 gets a hand-off from 5 at 3-point line. 2 and 5 have a two-men game on ball-side weak-side players (1,3,4) go for the FLEX motion on weak side.

 



 

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