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March 15 – Creating an Advantage

Creating 5-on-4
by Rick Torbett

23765521_sMost coaches agree that if you can create more 5-on-4 situations than your opponent, then you stand a better chance of winning.

At the same time, wouldn’t it be nice to simplify your offensive goal for your team. Have you ever had players ask you, “Coach, why are we Passing and Cutting and Dribbling At and Feeding the Post and Cutting?” (Layers 1-3)

Here’s your answer: “We are trying to create 5-on-4 situations.”

Isn’t that the essence of 1-on-1? If I can get around my defender, then I’ve created a 5-on-4 situation. The Read & React Offense is designed to get the maximum from a 5-on-4 situation. For those who know what I’m talking about, consider Layers 4 and 5: Circle Movement and Basic Post Slides. But I don’t want to talk about what to do when the 5-on-4 is created, I want to look at CREATING the 5-on-4.

Layers 1-3 create a lot of Player Movement and Ball Movement with attention to Spacing (to put it mildly). One of the purposes of Layers 1-3, is to shake the defense out of their “helping” defensive positions in order to create TRUE 1-on-1 situations like our Draft Drives. (Not 1-on-2 or 1-on-3. I don’t consider these to be TRUE 1-on-1 cases).

Now, during this action that’s meant to set up a 1-on-1 in order to create a 5-on-4, it’s possible that one of the defenders is going to step over the Read Line, or you’re going to catch a defender on a Give-and-Go Front or Rear Cut or you’ll create a back-door basket cut with a Dribble-At. When the offensive player gets the ball on one of these basket cuts, it’s a 5-on-4 situation!

You have the same offensive situation that you were trying to create with a standard 1-on-1
move. But most players don’t look at receiving the ball on a basket cut the way they view getting around their defender with a 1-on-1 move. They don’t view it as a 5-on-4 situation; however, it’s probably a cleaner 5-on-4 situation than the traditional 1-on-1-with-the-ball move.

Perhaps if you explain 5-on-4 situations to your players, and the two basic ways to create them (Driving 1-on-1 and Basket Cutting) they’ll know what they’re hunting for and they won’t view one of them as more desirable than the other.

Don’t hunt ONLY for intelligent drives and don’t hunt ONLY for Cutting situations. Look for both of them at the same time. They both create 5-on-4 situations.

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