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Offensive Basketball Plays: MAN OFFENSE


The following offensive basketball plays all utilize a Man Offense, designed to create open looks in isolation...

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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 & squiggly lines represent movement of the players...

14
1Flash
30Series31
3Slip
BigMan
Celtic3Down
DoubleScreenCornerShot
WildCatTransition


 

Offensive Basketball Play #1: 14

 


1
Starting positions play 14

 

(call = 14)

 

1 starts the offense when everybody has taken his position by calling "Go"


2
When 1 calls "Go" 2 and 3 cut to the side line, but stay 1 meter away from the sideline.

 

4 and 5 cut to the free throw line, so that a 1-4 alignment is created.

 

4 and 5 should show their hands high, so that they can receive a pass from 1.



3
If 4 and 5 cannot receive a pass, the ball goes to 2 or 3.

 

2 and 3 must keep cutting to get free.


4
After the pass to 2, 1 cuts over the screen of 4 and if possible receives the ball from 2.

 

3 takes the place of 1 and becomes the safety. If 1 doesn't get the ball he takes the place of 3.



5
If 1 didn't receive the ball, 4 sets a screen on the defender of 5.

 

5 cuts over the screen and if free receives the ball from 2.

 

In case 5 didn't receive the ball the goes to the low post on the non-ball side.


6
If 5 doesn't get the ball:

 

After the screen 4 rolls to the ball and then the to basket. If free 4 receives the ball.

 

If 4 doesn't receive the ball he goes to the low post of the ball side.

 

If none of the options worked the ball goes to 3 and we are in starting positions to restart the offense.





 

Offensive Basketball Play #2: 1 (FLASH)

 


1
This is the basic set formation for the Four O Series.

 

When Player #1 calls the "1" play for this series, Player #5 man makes a flash cut to the free throw line and receives the pass from #1.

 

When #5 receives the pass from #1, Player #4 fakes out towards the extended free throw line and then makes a hard quick back-cut to the basket. #4 looks for a pass from #5 for the lay-up.


2
Should #4 be covered and is unable to receive the pass from #5, player #4 continues with his cut and sets a back-screen for Player #3.

 

#3 cuts around the screen and looks for the pass from player #5 for a possible lay-up. If #3 does not receive a pass, he continues with his cut to the weak-side extended free throw line.



3
If player #5 is unable to pass to #3 cutting to the basket, he should look to #4 for a possible pick-and-roll.

 

If #5 is unable to pass to #4, he then should kick the ball out to player #3. Player #3 has the option to call play Two of the Four O offense.

 

NOTE: Player #5, at anytime, has the option to take the shot from the free-throw line, or make a move and drive to the basket as another option.

 



 


 
Offensive Basketball Play #3: 30-SERIES-31

 


1
This play off the 30 series (or curl series) is a wing pass option with a back door cut by the point and a curl cut by the wing. The play will be reset so that it can be run to the other side or another play in the series can be called.

 

The example will show the pass to (3).

 

(4) will move to the free throw line, using a screen from (5), or any other method available.

 

(1) will pass to a wing, in this case (3). This tells the offense to which wing the play is being run.

 

(5) must continue to ball side short corner after setting the screen. (If the ball had been passed to (2), (5) would have stayed, since he is already ball side.)


2
(4) will set a back screen for (1) who will cut to the basket. (3) will hit (1) on the cut.

 

(1) can shoot, or if (5)'s man steps in, should have a pass to (5) for a layup.

 

(3) can also pass to (5) for a shot.



3
After setting the screen for (1), (4) will set a screen for (2) who will curl to the basket. (3) will pass to (2) on the curl.

 

If (5) has the ball in the short corner, he can also look for a pass to (2) curling.

 

(1) will go to the wing to replace (2).

 

(4) will move to the point after the screen.


4
If nothing was open, the ball will be reversed to (4) and then to (1). (2) will come to the free throw line.


5
(2) will set a back screen for (4) who will cut to the basket. (1) will attempt to hit (4).

 

(4) can shoot, or if (5)'s man steps in, pass to (5).

 

If nothing is open, (4) will move to the ball side block for position.


6
If (4) is not open, he will set a cross screen for (5). (1) will look for (5) on the block. (4) will clear to the other side.

 

If nothing is open, (1) will pass to (2) at the point.

 

The play is now ready to be run again to the other side or another play in the 30 series can be called.




 


Offensive Basketball Play #4: 3-SLIP
 


1
-When Player #1 calls the "3" play, Player #3 makes a V-cut back out to the extended free throw line looking for the pass from #1. -At the same time, Player #5 slides up to the weak-side elbow. -After passing the ball to #3, #1 sets a screen for Player #2. -#2 makes a hard cut to the basket looking for the pass from #3 and to make a lay-up. If #2 does not receive the pass, he continues his cut to the weak-side baseline corner.

 

Note: Should #1's defender move out on top of the screen, then #1 should slip the screen and cut to the basket looking for the feed from #3. -Player #4 rolls up and replaces the #2 spot.


2
When Player #2 cuts and does not receive the pass from Player #3, Player #5 then sets a backscreen for Player #1.

 

#1 slips around the screen for the pass from #3 and the lay-up. If #1 does not receive the pass from #3, he will post up on the weak-side block.

 

Should #1 not receive the pass from #3, then #5 should have inside position on the defender if he seals the defender correctly. If this happens, then he just rolls to the basket for the pass from #3 and the shot. If no pass is made to #5, then he rolls to the weak-side block and #1 slides to the weak-side baseline corner.



3
If Player #3 is unable to pass to any of the cutters, then #3 can continue into the Triangle offense.

 




 

Offensive Basketball Play #5: BIG MAN

 


1
-2 v cuts to foul line extended -1 passes to 2 -4 picks for 5 -5 goes to block -2 passes to 1 -4 picks down for 3 -3 goes to foul line extended -1 passes to 3 -4 picks for 5

 








Offensive Basketball Play #6: CELTIC-3DOWN

 


1
1 is the Point Guard, 2 is the Off Guard, 3 is the Small Forward, 4 is the Power Forward and 5 is the Center.


2
1 dribbles to 2. 2 cuts up high to free throw line extended and receives pass from 1. At the same time 4 sets a pick for 3 who curls up to the free throw line.


3
3 has three options:

 

1) 3 can shoot the jump shot.

 

2) 3 can dribble to the basket for layup or look to pass to 4 off the dribble or to 2 for a jump shot.

 

3) 3 can pass to 4 who is posting up.

 






 

Offensive Basketball Play #7: DOUBLE-SCREEN-CORNER-SHOT 

 


1
1 brings the ball up the court and calls Play 1.


2
4 and 5 screen player 2 defender.

 

Player 2 goes to the 3-point line wide open.



3
Player 1 gives the ball to player 2 who has an open 3-point shot.


4
5 then screens off player 3 defender and 3 goes to the basket.


5
2 either shoots the 3-point and 3 gets the rebounds or passes to 3 for an open lay-up.

 





 

 

Offensive Basketball Play #8: WILD-CAT TRANSITION

 


1
To run Wildcat Transition you must first understand if you are a post player or perimeter player.

 

(4) & (5) are post players (1), (2) & (3) are perimeter players

 

Next you must always know where the ball is...


2
1. The first perimeter player (2) down will go to the ball side foul line extended.

 

2. The first post player (5) down will go to the box - ball side

 

3. The last perimeter player down (3) goes to weak side corner.

 

4. The second post player down (4) goes to weak side wing.



3
5. As soon as ball handler (1) can make a safe pass to (2) -he should.

 

6. (2) immediately looks to box for post player (5). He should also look for open shot.

 

7. (1) then fills in on ball side top.

 

This is our 4 out/ 1 in transition set.

 

Remember - (4) & (5) are interchangeable. (1), (2), & (3) are interchangeable.

 



 

 

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