Good offense is like a well built house. It’s not enough just to have good players or a good plan. It’s just like having a good plan but builders who can’t drive a nail, or maybe the builders are great, but the plan isn’t. Teams who play good offense are a combination of good offensive players and the systems they play in. It’s not enough to have good plays; and good players can be limited in the systems that don’t fit them. Granted great players can fit in a lot of different systems. Most of us don’t coach great players. Let’s be honest, only a small percentage of players play professionally. Most of us coach average players. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, in order for us to run good offense, our systems should have the following qualities.
- Good Spacing
In my opinion, it’s the foundation to efficient offensive basketball. If your spacing is bad, the rest doesn’t really matter.
- Ball movement
Here’s where you build your house. Ball movement is the structure. If you can move the ball with good spacing, you’re 75% of the way there.
- Player movement
This is your floor plan. What’s the layout? How many bedrooms and bathrooms? How big is your kitchen? Do you have a garage? I don’t think it’s as important as the first two, but you have to make good choices to have a functional house. Keep in mind, the more rooms you have, the more there is to take care of.
- Takes advantage of players’ strengths
What kind of floors do you like? What color are you painting your walls? Recessed lighting and ceiling fans? Do these things fit the room that they are going in? In other words, does your offense fit your personnel?
- Hides players’ weaknesses
Similar to the previous point, if your return duct for your HVAC has to be in a certain area of the house, can you hide it with a closet? Where do you put your water heater so it’s not an eye sore and so that it doesn’t use valuable square footage? Not all of us can afford a tankless water system right?
- Flexible and adaptable to personnel
You know when you get your furniture arranged a certain way, and then you want to change things around? Isn’t that similar to when one player leaves a team and a new one joins? Maybe you want a different type of player or maybe it’s hard to find one like you had. Let’s be honest, no two players are exactly alike.
- Simple so that players can play more and think less
We don’t want 7 different light switches on the wall where we have to figure out what goes where. We don’t want to have to use 5 different remotes just to watch our favorite sitcom. If we can’t hit one button to pop the popcorn in the microwave, it’s probably too complicated.
A messy home is a sign of character. At least that’s what somebody said once. I think it’s easy to agree that it is important for offense be organized. The trick is everyone has a different definition of organization.
- Difficult to scout
We want to know our house inside out. We don’t care if other people know about our house, but even if they know about our house, they could never copy our house, and they definitely can’t stop us.
- Enable the ball handler to be a threat on every catch
Get rid of the clutter. Ever been in a house that’s so overly “decorated” that it looks like the clearance section at a flea market? There’s so much extra junk that you lose sight of what’s really happening.
Each of these qualities is mentioned in different articles on this blog. I will follow-up this post with a description of each of them and how each of these in inherent in the R&R.