Since some have been questioning whether or not we can win with the guys that we have…I’ve decided to start a thread where we can all post our opinions about how we should run the offense.
Effective plays/sets/ideas that we ran yesterday:
High/Low. Chris Nance high and Withers Low. It works because Nance can hit the 15 footer if given space and Curt needs to get the ball in low. I also saw Dumptruck feed Curt an entry pass early last night that let to an easy putback. On other occasions depending on Matchup Curt could go high and possibly shoot the 15 footer or pass inside to Coleman. This also pulls the opposing 5 from being able to double down on Curt. The help usually comes from his weak side rather than a guard dropping down. If the help coming weak side its going to leave that guards open for a 3.
Any open 3 point shots: Contrary to popular beliefs our guys when wide open can hit the shot. Mitch hit 2 that were wide open. Leemire was probably 2/3 from 3’s when wide open. Bennet was 1/2 when wide open and Alexander hit 2 wide open looks. However these looks usually came from Indiana collapsing the post or helping of dribble penetration.
Plays that were ineffective:
Corner (Play that runs a shooter across the baseline using screens to get open). Our guys just don’t set good screens and don’t know how to use them well. We end up shooting contested 3 pointers when we run this play.
The double sceen for a shooter at the top of the key. Ineffective because our guys again don’t set good screens and don’t know how to use the screen causing the shot to be contested.
Zipper with a downscreen. This is the screen roll look where Curt flashes a screen and pops to the post and D’Angelo pops out trying to get an entry pass to Curt. It’s ineffective for two reasons. First the screen doesn’t force the guard out of position which in turn never holds the big man. Second by the time D’Angelo gets the ball, the opposing 5 is already in position for the help. To make this play more effective we need to make sure Nance pops to the Free Throw line to get the short 15 foot jumper, and the 2 should be in the corner to prevent his man from crashing in on Nance.
And of course the wild jacked up ad lib plays. Our guys are not good enough to penetrate one on one and make a play. Nor can they shoot a 20 footer with a hand in their face. That stuff has to go out of the playbook.
What we need to practice:
We need to practice setting and holding better screens. The screens we are setting are attrocious. Maybe thats why we struggle defensively to guard real screens, cause we set pansy ones all week in practice. So much of the playbook involves screening between guards and posts. When players don’t set good screens, they don’t get good looks for teammates or themselves.
Anytime someone jacks a shot. The whole team should run sprints. Do it enough and when someone jacks a wild one. Everyone will want to punch him.
All of our guys including our guards need to practice jump shots from inside the two point line. Leemire especially gets some good looks off his crossover but can never hit them. These guys are not good shooters because they only practice 3 pointers.