2 offensive players (Pass and Cut, Attack Dribble)
Put two players in any two adjacent spots. The player with the ball passes to the other player. The new ball handler then drives behind the cutter. The cutter must react to the drive. If they are still in the post, they must execute a post slide. If they happen to get to the perimeter when the ball handler drives, they would rotate in the direction of the drive. To best test the cutter’s reactions, the drive should come from the wing. However, it is useful to drill this action with players in all spots.
The following diagrams show how two players can combine two attack dribble actions back to back in 4 different ways. In short, it shows the 4 possible combinations of players using the attack dribble to their right and to their left.
A number of different skills can be taught as a part of this building block. Ball handling, 1 on 1 moves, passing, post slides, circle movement, shooting, finishing, pivoting, and spacing are all possibilities on the offensive side of the ball. Of course if you put defense on the court, there are many other possibilities as well.
Keep in mind there are a number of other combinations as well with different players at different spots, but these building blocks teach players how to be aggressive with the ball as well as show them their different options when they are aggressive. Placing defenders on the court forces them to learn how to defend a ball handler who wants to use their attack dribble. It’s important in these situations to make the defenders be aggressive so they can learn how to keep a ball handler in front of them.
A player on the wing passes to a post player and makes a Laker cut. That player then fills out to the perimeter. What happens if 5 faces the basket and drives baseline? It’s no different from a perimeter player driving baseline. We have to fill our windows.
The cutter must be aware of the action of the ball. If the help defender stops around the lane as the cutter fills out, there’s a good chance that this cutter will be open in the corner. A post player with the ball is going to get lots of attention. They can be taught to find the player in the corner as well as other perimeter players who might be open.