2 player Draft Drive (Pass & Cut, Attack Dribble)

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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.

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2 player Draft Drive (Skip Pass, Attack Dribble)

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2 offensive players (Skip Pass, Attack Dribble)

Place two players in non adjacent spots.  The player with the ball throws a skip pass to the other player.  This player then drives.  In this case there is no cutter.  Just so the ball handler can see the draft drive develop, it may be beneficial to place a coach or manager as a cutter.  However, this provides the opportunity for the offense to work on filling an open spot and then change direction quickly to rotate in the direction of the drive.

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2 player Draft Drive (Dribble-At, Attack Dribble)

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2 offensive players (Dribble-At, Attack Dribble)

A Dribble-At actually creates two driving lanes for the ball handler.  They can draft drive off of the cutter.  They can also change direction and drive the other direction.  Both options have the potential to create driving opportunities. It’s up to the ball handler to read their defender and act appropriately.  Has the defender overplayed the dribble-at?  Can the ball handler turn the corner off of the dribble-at?  Either way, the ball handler may have a driving opportunity.  If the ball handler drives, the cutter has to react to the drive.

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2 offensive players (Attack Dribble, Attack Dribble)

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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.

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2 offensive players (Skip Pass, Pass & Cut)

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Draft Drive (Read Line, Attack Dribble)

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2 offensive players (Laker Cut, Attack Dribble)

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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.
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