Boston Celtics ATOs: Creative Guard Design

The Boston Celtics are currently the #1 team in the NBA in After Time Out scenarios scoring 1.01 PPP currently. After Time Out data is wildly inconsistent without hand-tracking but I always love the insight on what teams are the best in these…
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Screen For Steph Curry & You Will Score

The Golden State Warriors’ beautiful offensive system is predicated on ball movement, player movement with high IQ passing, and screening to open up easier scoring opportunities off of screens and cutting. All of this is made possible by having…
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Does aggressive ballscreen defense work in the NBA?

When Chauncey Billups took over the PortlandTrailblazers this season he made a change in their defensive philosophy to go away from the drop coverage with Nurkic and play a more aggressive style of ballscreen defense. NBA offenses in 2021 are…
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The Chicago Bulls are running 5-Out without shooting 3's

When Billy Donovan joined the Chicago Bulls last season he ran some 5-Out offensive action but overall the roster was not built to run 5-Out until the trade for Vucevic occurred. Adding Lonzo Ball, Caruso, Demar Derozan in the offseason gave…

New York Knicks use Spain action to beat the Celtics

The New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics in a grueling, awesome, double-overtime thriller in their season opener. Late in the game, after the Celtics went up by 1 the Knicks called a timeout and ran a sideline out-of-bounds special that put…

Milwaukee Bucks "Ghost" vs Switching

There are a couple of different philosophies when it comes to attacking switching defenses, and the primary way for NBA teams is to get the mismatch you want and then attack 1 on 1. Overall the 3 main ideas when it comes to facing switching…
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NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide Specials Part 1

Wide 2 Chase Whenever I refer to an action followed by a ballscreen I call that “Chase.” This can be a read or a designed call, but when the player comes off the Wide screen he and the player who set the screen will both “Chase” into…
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NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide Elbow

The next evolution of our 5-Out NBA Offense study is the next actions that occur after the basic initial action is exhausted or the counters that teams flow into, with the ball being entered to the elbow. Part 1 - NBA 5 Out Offense: Spacing Part…
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NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide Dribble

The next evolution of our 5-Out NBA Offense study is the next actions that occur after the basic initial action is exhausted or the counters that teams flow into. Part 1 - NBA 5 Out Offense: Spacing Part 2 - NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide While…
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NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide

The NBA has switched over to running 5-Out as their main offensive system with the space & pace aspects of modern basketball shaping the way possessions unfold. While this is not the exact system that every single team runs, the evolution…