Rule #1: Spacing is Everything
Let’s repeat that one more time: “Spacing is Everything!”. The foundation for a great offense is knowing all of the zones on the court and utilizing ALL of them. When we get stuck in a rut and we can’t find a seam in the defense, it’s natural to slowly creep in towards the three-point line and into the key, but when you limit the space in which you operate, you help the defense close gaps. Excellent spacing means excellent vision, and excellent vision means the defense has to work that much harder to stop you. Give yourself space and you give yourself the upper hand in basketball.
Rule #2: When You Pass Never Stand Still
It’s easy to think that when you pass the ball your jobs is over, but when you stand still so does your defender. Cut through the lane, not just because it’s your job, but because you are trying to score; and if you’re not open then go fill a spot and get back to that good spacing. Don’t let defenders stand around, when you force the people and obstacles standing in your way to make adjustments, scoring becomes easier.
Rule #3: Catch and Peak at the Goal
When a teammate passes you the basketball it is important to keep things moving, but first look at the basket. Do you have a driving lane? Can you create a better passing lane? Do you have an open cutter? Is it time to shoot? Don’t become a robot and pass within a system or run to a spot, give yourself the chance to read the defense and create scoring opportunities. Life has a lot of distractions, make sure you take the time to remember and refocus on your goals.
Rule #4: Attack the Rim or Move the Ball
In basketball, there’s no better way to force a defense to help than someone who is constantly a threat to score around the rim. When you get going downhill you not only become harder to defend one on one, but more importantly you create more space for your teammates in which to operate. If you can add dimensions to your game, you make everyone better. It is equally as important to remember that when you don’t have an open lane to pass the ball and get out of the way. Don’t become an impediment to your team by holding onto the ball for too long.
Rule #5: If they Overplay Backdoor Cut
“Read and react” is something that every basketball player has heard a thousand times. Coaches will tell you this until they are blue in the face, because robots don’t win. If the defender sinks off of you, catch and bury it in their face. And if they think they can deny you from even getting the pass the backdoor, cut and finish with a rim-rocking two handed dunk. The defense doesn’t get to dictate what you do, make adjustments, call an audible, and most importantly finish!