Attack Dribble (North-South Dribble) is the first and most important layer of the Read and React Offense. This layer is broken down into two sub-layers. The first sublayer, Circle Movement, is comprised of all NON-BASELINE drives. The second covers the adjustment to Circle Movement for any BASELINE penetration.
There is no saving the best layer for last here. Players must learn and embrace the value of this layer in order for offense to be successful. Players must refine their thinking that penetration is purely a means of scoring. Instead penetration must be a seen as part of executing offense. Just as passing and screening are part of any offense, dribble penetration must be used as a means for creating scoring opportunities. Players without the ball must see penetration as an opportunity for them to score as opposed to watching the ball handler.
Many times “scorers” are the most aggressive penetrators. Scorers are still encouraged to score. However, they must be made aware of the opportunities they create for their teammates when they penetrate. While an individual’s ability to score is valuable to the success of any team, an individual’s ability to create scoring opportunities is much more valuable. A player’s ability to create these opportunities and make appropriate decisions will help the team identify and take advantage of defenses that are out of position, which will inevitably lead to easy scoring opportunities for everyone.
On the same note, players who do not see themselves as scorers or play makers may not actively look to attack off the dribble. These players must learn that it is not required for them to completely beat their defender in order for them to be able to use this layer effectively. They only need to make the off ball defenders make a small commitment to them in order to get their teammate open. This small bit of aggressiveness can lead to other positive outcomes if they can learn to incorporate it as part of their game. This also provides less aggressive players the confidence that they can be aggressive and know they will have available outlets if the defense collapses or they feel uncomfortable trying to score.