Posting-Up: (3 player breakdown Part I)

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Next Best Actions

This post will introduce a 3 player breakdown of players posting up as a Next Best Action.  Remember, the breakdown of posting up is going to depend on your rules.  It’s obvious you have to work on the fundamental skills first.  These may be taught in 1 on 0 building blocks or anything up to 2 on 2. I will expound on different options for teaching these skills later.

Once you’ve covered the individual skills, you’re going to have to do a little brain work on your own to figure out what works for your players and your team.  You’re going to be able to rep those skills as you teach and drill the team concepts that are based on your rules. However, you’re going to have to determine what rules you have for your team.

Are there permanent post players?  Where are they?  Where can they go? Is everyone else a temporary post player?  Are only certain players posting up?  Can they post up anywhere or only in certain spots? This list goes on and on.  I don’t want to repeat things from previous posts, but they do need to be considered.

All of the NBA breakdowns will start with 3 at least players.  There has to be a third offensive player so that a second perimeter action can be performed and so the players can have some continuity as they execute the NBA. So let’s start breaking it down.  Hopefully, you’ll be able to apply your rules to the building blocks.

SAMPLE RULE: Every cutter posts up (anywhere they want) for one action and then they fill out.  

3 offensive players 2 actions (3 out)
Let’s start this breakdown just like we’ve started the rest of them. This is a good chance to practice the foundational layers. You should be able to give players the freedom to choose the action.  The only rule they have to follow is that they must post up on each cut.

Keep in mind you can start with a player in the post.  They should be considered a temporary post player. The assumption is that one action has already been completed or that they are exiting the post after one action.  The execution of the next two actions will give both of the other perimeter players the chance to post up.

Version 1 (Attack, Dribble-At, Attack)

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Version 2 (Attack, Dribble-At, Attack)

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Version 3 (Attack, Dribble-At, Attack)
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Version 4 (Attack, Dribble-At, Attack)
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This post would be too much to digest if I kept going.  So I’m going to stop here.  I will post some more 3 player breakdown combinations.  This one simple rules creates significant amounts of variability.  The combinations of actions make this grow even more rapidly.  There’s no way I could diagram every possible combination.  Isn’t that fun?  One simple rule completely changes how the offense looks.  More diagrams to come.

Thoughts?  Comments?

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