A Breakdown of Offensive Positioning and Driving Angles in the Half Court Set

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Last modified on Saturday, 25 May 2013 10:06

     All good basketball moves that you see at the pro basketball level, in the half court set, begin at the same specific spots.  So, use this article as your pro basketball reference to how the professionals make the game look so easy.  So, what spots on the floor are we talking about?  Let's first talk about the basketball floor, and how to break down the parts of the floor. This will help you understand angles for executing offensive moves.

     Think of the basketball floor as a half piece of pizza. The three point line is the crust. This half piece of pizza has five slices. The main slice of pizza is down the middle and in relation to the three point line, it extends a foot or so on both sides to the outside of the lane lines begins to narrow down to the basket intersecting at the elbows of the free throw line and narrowing in the shape of a slice of pizza until it meets right under the basket on the baseline.The next two slices are both to the left and right of the center piece of pizza and go from the outside of the main slice to a spot located exactly in the middle of the elbow to the baseline.Next, there are the last two slices which cover the remaining distance from the baseline to the previous slices.Now, from an aerial view, one can see the five slices of pizza.Dead center at each of the five pieces, at the top about a foot behind the three-point line, imagine a dot or and X marking the spot where you should receive the ball and begin your offensive moves from out of the triple threat .

Now, still keeping an aerial view on the half court, look at the spots you are catching the ball in relation to which particular slice of pizza that spot is located.Every move that you try to execute from now on, whether in pickup, one on one, a practice, or a game, the offensive move must be made within that spots particular slice.Many kids pick up bad habits because they don't understand how to score.pro basketball reference I see players playing pickup on the streets or one on one in gyms where they are taking 45 seconds a possession just to do 60 dribbles going back and forth from one side of the court to the other before finally shooting the ball or driving it.Well, no wonder you finally score, the defensive guy probably fell asleep.

When you play pickup, or one on one, it should only be done with the mindset of helping you to improve your game and skills set within a 5 on 5 full court game. If it does not help you in a game why do it? It is counterproductive, and believe me, it will never work in a real basketball game to dribble from one side of the floor to the other. In a game, there will be help defense, with fast closing gaps, and even offense players getting in the way, while moving and cutting.The whole goal of a great offensive player is to score as efficiently as possible. This means it is executed in as few dribbles and steps as possible. So, what’s wrong with extra dribbles and driving into different slices on the floor? A player does not have the spacing or the time to have an ‘And 1’ dribble showcase. College and pro defense is no joke. A player should not expect to dribble through an entire team just because he or she can do it against their weekend basketball league.

Effective scoring is accomplished by driving in the north to south direction instead of the east to west direction.East to West is the same as left to right or right to left on the floor, it is how coaches explain directions traveling horizontally or laterally on the floor. Instead you want to head on an invisible path going as north to south towards the basket as possible. You want to keep your path of travel to the hoop as straight and as tight off the defender as possible. Now that you see where the spots are in relation to the slices, you hopefully have a better understanding of how to not only play, but also, how to practice and train. Whether it is one on one or a player alone in the gym working on pro-hop floaters, he should keep the same techniques and concepts as explained in this article every time.


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Mark Schiavoni