Posting Up: Overview

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series Next Best Actions

Posting up is not an “official” layer of the R&R.  It’s not an “official” NBA.  It is, however, a possible choice for a cutter.  I tend to think of it is a pretty basic choice and a pretty important one.  I hinted at it in the post about temporary post players.  This may be covered by the “Changing Alignments” layer.  The Hook and Look Layer is also related.  Both of these layers come much later.  I am going to cover it now.

I think there are a lot of players who are “tweeners.”  They aren’t big enough to be post players, but they may not have the 1 on 1 or shooting skills to be great guards.  However, they may draw a matchup with a guard who doesn’t quite to know what to do as a post defender. This gives these kinds of players a way to use their skills while at the same time creating numerous other offensive options.

Having players who post up after their cut opens quite a few doors.  It provides a post entry option.  It turns a 5 out offense into a 4 out 1 in offense.  It turns a 4 out 1 offense into a 3 out 2 in offense.  It puts a player in better rebounding position. It draws attention from other defenders.  It provides a great screening option. (I can’t wait to cover all of these.)

Any of these will put stress on the defense. Depending on your philosophy, this player could post up for one pass or for the rest of the possession.  You can tailor it to your personnel. The fundamentals of post play are still important regardless how long they are in the post.  They still have to react to dribble penetration as a post player.  However, all of the post actions can now be a part of their tool belt.

We will keep this discussion short.  We won’t get into all the different options that this player has until later.  We will only discuss different opportunities to turn perimeter players into post players. We will discuss their options later.

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