One question I am frequently asked, “How do I come up with the play calls that I use for my plays?”. Until now, I have never taken the time to explain why I name certain actions the way I do. This was until I watched Stan Van Gundy’s lecture at the 2013 Coaching U Live and I became inspired to break it all down for you. However, before I dive into the names of particular actions to signal play calls, let’s discuss many of the most commonly run schemes in basketball.
Flex is probably the most known and run offenses in all of basketball. Why? Because it is extremely effective if not guarded correctly. Furthermore, it is a repetitive offense that if you can lull the defense to sleep, will result in lay-ups. Flex actions are designated by running a backscreen/downscreen action. If you want to be creative you can move your wings higher and set traditional backscreens to give more space/time to get open at the rim.
University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan ran this multiple screening action into a pin-down for Chandler Parsons a few years ago. If 3 (Parsons) is open on the initial flex cut in Frame 1 that is obviously your number 1 options. However, if 3 is not open, continue the action to get the ball back to 3 in a backscreen-downscreen action.