Permanent vs. Temporary Post Players

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series Post Play

When we talk about permanent posts vs. temporary posts, it may seem as if we are talking only about the advantages or disadvantages to different alignments. The discussion of 5 out vs. 4 out 1 in vs. 3 out 2 in is certainly up for debate. I guess I might discuss that at some point.

However, this discussion goes much deeper than just a preferred alignment . The question is how can we best maximize the effectiveness of our post players or players who can be successful in the post. This all starts by determining how many permanent posts we want to play with and how many will be temporary.

I guess we should define permanent and temporary in this context first.

Permanent posts start in the post and end in the post. The only time they are on the perimeter is to screen.

Temporary posts can start anywhere and end anywhere, but they actually stop in the post and are more than just a cutter at one point during a possession.

Advantages to Permanent Post Players

They are always there. They are always there to rebound. They are always there as a possible receiver. They are always there as a screener. They are always there to be screened for. The perimeter players can count on them being there. The perimeter players always know that there is a post presence. Permanent posts add a level of complexity to the offense. They can occupy multiple defenders without having the ball in their hands.

Disadvantages to Permanent Post Players

They are always there. They can get in the way. You may not want them catching the ball. They can disrupt the actions of the perimeter players. They add a level of complexity to the offense. They can occupy no one. They can confuse the perimeter players and post players.

Advantages to Temporary Post Players

They aren’t always there. They can take advantage of mismatches. The defense never knows when they will stop in the post. Their actions are less predictable. They are available to rebound. You can take advantage of versatile players.

Disadvantages to Temporary Post Players

They aren’t always there. They may forget to be there. They may have difficulty making the transition from one to the other. They may not know when to go from one to the other. The perimeter players may not know what to expect. They can get in the way of other post players. Their actions are less predictable.

I know this is general. I will get more specific in the next posts. It’s just food for thought. More to come later……

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