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Creating an Offensive Play Call System (Part 3)

In case you missed Part 1 (Offensive Schemes) and Part 2 (Pick & Rolls Names), make sure you read them after you them as complimentary material to the information below.

Post Actions

When it comes time to put in my post plays, I tag the term “Power” to the end of each play call. In my mind, Power signifies strength and dominance, which I what I hope to create in the post with such actions. Another term commonly used in the NBA that you may prefer is the word “Punch”. For example, “Floppy Punch” is an easy way to call out for your big(s) to duck-in after running your Floppy action. Below are a few of my favorite “Power” (Punch) actions and for the full list check them out in my play library here.

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Flare & Backscreen Actions

The last pay calls I am going to discuss are flare screens and backscreen actions. I have grouped these together because they are similar in nature go somewhat hand-in-hand.  I used to tag Flare & Backscreen actions with the same term, “Back”. However, after listening to Coach Stan Van Gundy’s lecture at the 2013 Coaching U Live it is time to make a change. He tags all of his Flare actions with the term, “Chest”. I love using Chest because it not only is it a clear term but is also a teaching moment. Chest, signifying putting the defender you are screening in the middle of your chest with the screen. This will also allow for more consistency with “Back” only meaning actions being back-screened to the rim.

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I really hope you found this three-part series information and thought-provoking. If there are any topics you would like for me to right about in the future please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Washington Wizards ATO Pick & Roll #NBAPlayoffs

In their Game 4 loss in the 204 EC Semi-Finals, the Washington Wizards ran this ATO action late in the 4th quarter in attempt to tie the game. This simple action is extremely effective because it gives your team multiple scoring options to counter any defensive counters.

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Wichita State Shockers Quick P&R Turn-Down

This is the last play of three that I got from Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall at the 2014 NABC Clinic in Dallas. This is an excellent play to run in a Need 2 or Need 3 situation.

To see EVERY play Wichita State ran in the 2013 Final Four you can do so in my eBook Championship Execution!

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Wichita State Shockers Hook Twist #MarchMadness

The Wichita State Shockers ran this pick & roll flare (post-up) play towards the end of the 1st half in their 3rd round NCAA tournament game vs Kentucky. By spacing your shooters 2 and 3 in the corners you create a three-man game in which there is minimal help-the helper defense to allow for 4 and 5 to work together in the hi-low.

To see EVERY play Wichita State ran in the 2013 Final Four you can do so in my eBook Championship Execution!

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Elbow Flare | Need 3

Since Coaching U released their July 2014 dates today I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share one of my favorite plays I received from Brendan Suhr. Brendan demonstrated this play during the 2011 Coaching U Live in Orlando.

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