Basketball Plays 2 Guard Front

Posted by Creighton Burns

I saw this at the NCCAA National Tournament at Grace College. It could be run as a set in the half court, or it could be an action that could be part of a team’s early offense.

It has great movement, great spacing and good court reversal which is important in any good offense.

Naturally, I took it a step further and added the ball screening continuity with it! It is good stuff!

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#1 enters the ball to #3 and #4 down screens for #2.

At the same time, #5 moves up from the ball side low post to set a second screen for #2.

If #2 is open on his cut down the middle, #3 should get him the ball.

After #1 makes the entry pass, he will replace himself to keep his defender occupied.

 

 

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If #2 is not open, #3 will return the ball to #1 at the point.

#5 will then set a ball screen for #1.

At the same time, #4 will down scree4n for #2, who will run a turn out.

Note: if #2’s defender trails him, #2 should curl around the screen.

If the defender goes over the screen, #2 can run a fade or continue his cut at a “45” to the wing.

When #2 frees himself, #1 will pass to #2 and then #1 will clear to the opposite corner.

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#2 may have a scoring opportunity as he cuts off the screen.

If not, he will square up and look to get the ball to #4, who will post hard after setting the down screen for #2.

 

 

 

 

 

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If nothing is open, #2 will move the ball to #5 at the point.

#5 will then dribble toward #3.

#3 will down screen for #1 and then cut to the opposite corner.

#1 will set his defender and then cut outside #5 and receive a dribble handoff.

#3 will attack the paint and #5 will cut to the rim.

Note: it is the job of the driver to get into the paint when they come off a ball screen. As soon as ##5 starts his dribble toward #3, #4 will sprint up and fill the backside guard spot.

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If #1 does not have a scoring opportunity, or a pass to #5, he will pass to #4 and space back out to the wing position.

#4 will now dribble at #2.

#2 will screen down for #3 and then #2 will cut to the opposite corner.

#3 will set the defense and cut hard around #4 and receive a dribble handoff. #3 will attack the paint and #4 will cut to the rim. As soon as #4 starts his dribble toward #2, #5 will sprint out and fill the backside guard spot.

 

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If #3 would pass to #1 at the wing, #2 would clear to the opposite corner.

#5 would then sprint to set a ball screen for #1 and the continuity of action could continue.

Note: the perimeter player (#1) can refuse the ball screen and drive baseline. If this action occurs, the man setting the ball screen (#5) will slide outside the 3-point line behind the driver as a pressure release for the driver.

Obviously #1 can accept the screen and attack the middle of the defense.

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