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San Antonio Spurs Floppy X Punch

The San Antonio Spurs ran this offensive play to start Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals. The timing and patient cutting of the Spurs’ offense is what made this play so effective.


Creating an Offensive Play Call System (Part 1)

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 Action

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.


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Chicago Bulls 3 Cross Floppy

The Chicago Bulls went to this several times in their 2013 Playoffs series versus the Brooklyn Nets. After X two guards off the high post, get right into a Floppy Action.


Miami Heat 2 Down Floppy

This play from the Miami Heat gives your 2 guard several scoring cuts to make depending on how the defense is playing. 

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As an alternate ending if 2 comes off the screen from 4 and 5, have 1 follow him to the same side corner OR have 1 set a flare for 3.

Utah Jazz Side Floppy NBA Summer League

The Utah Jazz ran this sideline out of bounds action during the 2013 NBA Orlando Summer League. This play is somewhat similar to the “Triple” I drew up earlier but it actually got into a Floppy action for the ending.


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