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 2 – NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide

Part 3 – NBA 5-Out Offense: Wide Dribble

Wide Elbow

After the initial action of the Wide screen, most teams like to flow into an elbow touch and go into the “Flow” or reads out of it. Majority of NBA teams use the elbow for split cuts or Princeton Offense principles to allow players to make plays using their IQ.





Out of the Elbow touch the most common action is to run split cuts, where the player who enters the ball into the elbow screens away. The most common way this occurs is to screen away toward the opposite slot. I will likely go in depth in a separate post for all of the reads out of this, but essentially the main rule is to allow the player cutting off the screen to make his cut and read his defender and then react opposite.


Another option out of the Elbow is to get the ball to a playmaker or scorer and the screening actions or cuts open up the floor for either a quick attack or designed ISO. In 5-Out most of these actions and sets are designed with positionless basketball in mind, so having your best player be the main screener can really open up attacks and creativity.

Here are some common actions and counters that NBA teams have run out of the “Wide Elbow” action.

Wide Elbow X – Portland Trailblazers

Wide Elbow Quick – Portland Trailblazers

Wide Elbow Rip – Atlanta Hawks (2015 Special)

Wide Elbow Rub – Portland Trailblazers

Wide Elbow Rub 41 – Milwaukee Bucks

Next breakdown we will look at the specials and counters to the most common action in 5-Out NBA Offenses – “Wide” action.


Coach Pyper