Permanent Post Players: Where Do They Go? Part II

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series Post Play

Let’s look at some possibilities for permanent post players in a 3 out 2 in alignment. The same principles hold true with the 1 post player alignments, except now the team can accomplish a couple different options at once. For the sake of these alignments, the short corner is called the stretch position.

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I hadn’t planned on starting with an “unorthodox” formation, but this whole blog could be considered unorthodox so why not. Doesn’t this look interesting?  All sorts of screening opportunities on the ball side with good spacing and options on the weak side. One pass could be made and all sorts of crazy things could happen. Staggered screens, pinch post, ball screens, and isolations are a few of the options.



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Now the post players have switched positions.  There’s space for the 2 to operate with good weak side screening opportunities.  Pin Screens, back screens, or shuffle cut screens are possibilities.  One pass from this position could lead to some pretty interesting options as well.




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This is the traditional 4 high set. Lots of things have been created out of this alignment.  I won’t waste your team talking about something you probably already know about, or at least can easily read about somewhere else.  Just know the R&R works out of this alignment as well.




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This looks a lot like a 5 out alignment doesn’t it?  Got two players that really aren’t post players, but they really aren’t guards either?  This might be an interesting look.  There aren’t as many obvious screening opportunities in this alignment, but it provides better rebounding than the traditional 5 out alignment as well as creating space for “tweeners” to operate.




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It’s a high low alignment.  No secrets here, but it is certainly effective.  This gives your posts an opportunity to work with each other more while at the same time providing lots of big-little screening options. The posts could be on the same side as well (ball side or weak side).  Each option gives different looks and options.



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BORING!!!  Ok, well it is to me, but only because it’s “normal.”  There’s still a lot of good stuff that you can get out of this alignment.




Ok so again the question becomes which one?  My thought is to use all of them, but only teach one at a time.  Teach players the difference in being on ball side and on weak side.  Teach them what to look for when they are high, low, or in the stretch positions.  Teach them how to operate out of each of them.  As they become comfortable in position teach them another one. Before you know it they will be able to work from all the positions regardless of where the ball is. It will take time.  Players will find success in different areas based on their skill sets.  However, as they advance their skills, they will be able to successful in different ways.

Imagine the possibilities.

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