As a smart coach pointed out to me last night, one reason teams play zone is because the offense can’t shoot. Well, I don’t know of many offenses that can cure that problem. So get in the gym and get up reps. In the meantime, let’s look at some options for zone offense as a part of the R&R.
There are a number of ways to defeat zone defenses. One way is to force defenders to play out of their zone. Another strategy is to overload a zone. The traditional overload, puts four players on the ball side of the court and forces 3 players to cover them. What if we overload the zone in a different way?
What if we make 2 weak side defenders guard 4 offensive players? What if we make two defenders guard one person which leaves no one to cover a second offensive player in the same zone? What if we simply put two people in one zone and make one person guard both of them?
Below are three single action options. The first is an attack dribble. The second is a Pass and “hook and look.” The last one is third is a Dribble At.
I guess you can use them as quick hitters. I would say this is a way to get a zone defense chasing right away. I will include some variations of these zone offense diagrams in a following post.
I look forward to your comments, questions, and suggestions.
Who is going to guard 2? X1 and X2 both helped on the drive from 1. A simple reverse pivot and a kickout to the safety can cause issues for the defense. You might not get a wide open 3. You might not want a wide open 3. Regardless, it creates a situation where X1 and X2 might be in confusion about who guards 2. Not to mention that there is a numbers advantage on the right side of the floor. On the kickout, does X5 come up to help on 1? That leaves 5 open. Can 1 post up one of the top defenders for an easy return pass?
Pass and Hook & Look…Oh but wait, I can just take a couple steps and bury my defender with a screen.
I doubt X2 will come all the way over to help. X1 is stuck with a decision to make. In the meantime, 5 can seal X4 in the lane or out of the lane on the weak side. If 5 commits to help X1, X3 is stuck guarding 2 one on one. If X5 is too worried about 5, then 1 is open.
Dribble-At & Pin Screen
A simple dribble-at can set up a double pin screen on the weak side. Somebody has to close out to 4. Who’s gonna do it, X2 or X4? That’s gonna leave somebody open. Maybe 5 on the post up? Maybe 2 for an open jumper. Maybe 3 at the elbow.