Motion offense in basketball is crucial to winning the game. It is through learning and repetition of the fundamentals that players will develop their individual skills and, therefore, contribute their maximum to the success of a team offense.
As much as we would like to, we know that we can’t run a fast break down the court every time, so we have to be prepared to set up an offense.
When thinking about motion offense in basketball and the abilities of your team, here are some specific points to remember:
* All players should be able to pass and receive the ball, change ends of the floor, rebound, play good defense, and blend in with their teammates.
* The point guard will be your best ball handler and one of your best passers. He leads the offense and the fast break.
* The shooting guard is obviously one of your best outside shooters and often your second-best ball handler.
* The small forward should possess the same skills as the guards but should be big enough to be a more effective rebounder.
* The power forward and center are your biggest, most physical players. They should be able to rebound aggressively and play inside with their backs to the basket.
* You should only designate two positions to players when considering motion offense in basketball. They are the perimeter and the post. The perimeter players are farther away from the basket and play facing it; the post players are closer to the hoop and can play with their backs to it.
* A basic one-guard front offensive set is more effective for getting the ball inside to the two post players. The lack of an outside shooting threat can limit this set’s effectiveness by allowing the defense to sag.
* The two-guard front works best if you have only one good post player or excellent outside shooters.
* In any offensive set, teach your players to maintain floor balance to force the defense to spread out to cover them.
An offensive player will be most successful if he attacks the defender by moving in a straight line to the basket.
The proper motion offense in basketball is essential for offensive success. Following are some fundamentals that should be emphasized at all levels:
1) A team that handles (dribbles and passes) and shoots the ball well will obviously have a greater chance of being successful.
2) Playing with the ball includes moves from a stationary position, and moves will dribbling, passing, shooting, and ballhandling.
3) Don’t forget to practice shooting, preferably while simulating game situations.
4) Proper positioning and a strong, balanced stance will insure an effective screen.
5) Players using screens should employ V-cuts, backdoor cuts, and perimeter cuts to get open.
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