Combining Actions Part II: The Draft Drive (2 player building blocks)

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Combining Actions

We have already combined the same action back to back.  Back to back attack dribbles.  Back to back Dribble-Ats.  Those combinations are still relevant and useful.  Players must still know how to react to those combinations.  These combinations should still be drilled.

However, combinations of unlike layers should also be covered. When drilling different actions in 2 player building blocks, the Attack Dribble must be the last action for two reasons.  If it’s the first action, the receiver has no one to dribble-at or pass to.  No perimeter actions can follow the attack dribble for the same reason in a 2 player drill. This fact actually bothers me.

I believe it is critical to teach players that possessions do not have to end when a player attacks.  It must be reinforced that the attack dribble is just as much of a way to run offense as passing.  With only two players on the floor, they have limited options.  However, once three players are on the court, actions can occur in any order.  Also, actions can be repeated as often or as little as desired.  A player may only have one player to pass to, but they should always be able to execute any of the fundamental actions.

We’ll start with the most basic combination of actions: the Draft Drive.

The Draft Drive

The Draft Drive is one of the most simple and useful combination of unlike actions in the offense. It is created anytime there is a cut to the basket without the use of a screen.  When a cut is made, a driving lane is created for the ball handler.  Let’s review quickly the four ways a cut can be made by a perimeter player.

1.  After a pass
2. After a player Dribbles-At another player
3. After a skip pass
4. After a Read Line cut

We must constantly emphasize that players cut hard and without delay.  We must demand their cuts be to the rim.  We must demand that players finish their cuts. Cuts that do not meet these criteria do not create optimal driving opportunities. Here is a video clip of a draft drive.  The player with the ball drives right behind the player who just cut.

These are the most basic ways to achieve a draft drive opportunity.  The next post will look at 3 player combinations.

There are two things missing from this post.
1.  Diagrams
2.  Defensive stuff (These posts are getting long enough.  I will talk about defense separately.)


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