3 Offensive Players Overview (3 actions)

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The previous post discussed the advantages of 3 player building blocks. These building blocks can contain as many actions as the coach desires. In order to show what some of these combinations look like, I have drawn 3 action combinations in a few different ways. I will add more to this page over the next few days. So if this interests you, you might want to bookmark it.

These are just a few of the ways that the same three actions could look. Remember, these could look very different on the court depending on the timing of the actions as well as other variables that a coach might choose. You’ll notice this is especially evident on baseline drives. The combination of actions can look very different depending on when the baseline drive occurs.

As a coach, these diagrams should be like a James Bond movie: For Your Eyes Only. It’s not that this is top secret information. Players are just on “a need to know basis and they don’t need to know.” Thanks, Sean Connery.

They shouldn’t be asked to memorize diagrams. They just need to act and react appropriately.

Also keep in mind, this only involves the most basic layers.  We haven’t talked about any post options or screening options.  These will get much more interesting as we more forward.

3 offensive players (Attack Dribble, Pass & Cut, Dribble-At)

3 offensive players (Attack Dribble, Dribble-At, Pass & Cut)

3 offensive players (Dribble-At, Pass & Cut, Attack Dribble)

3 offensive players (Dribble-At, Attack Dribble, Pass & Cut)

3 offensive players (Pass & Cut, Attack Dribble, Attack Dribble)

3 offensive players (Pass & Cut, Dribble-At, Attack Dribble)

3 offensive players (Skip Pass, Attack Dribble, Dribble-At)

3 offensive players (Dribble-At, Skip Pass, Attack Dribble)

3 offensive players (Attack Dribble, Pass & Cut, Attack Dribble)

3 offensive players (Attack Dribble, Dribble-At, Attack Dribble)

Coming Soon…

Do you have a set of actions that you’d like to see in a diagram? Let me know and I’ll be happy to draw them out.

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You’re probably wondering why all the 3’s on the court in the last two diagrams.

Well, I was trying to represent what 3 would do depending on the timing of the drive.  I’m not sure that’s completely clear.  It’s very unlikely that 3 would get all the way to the top of the key.  In fact, this would probably be a pretty unproductive offensive possession if the player waited that long to do something.

This is one reason why I prefer 4 perimeter players.  There should always be another perimeter player 1 pass away from 2 with 4 perimeter players on the floor.  Of course, we’re only working with 3 right now.

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