Call it what you will “flow”, 3 side/2 side actions, Euro ball screen continuity offense it has become a standard across our national junior and senior teams and filtered down to many programs. In a previous blog called "Pick and Roll Basketball" I broke down ball screen actions on the “2 side” and now I want to provide ideas on the 3 side options.
The concepts of flow make up all or parts of standard motion offenses all over the world. For example here is Lithuania running it, almost identically to the Australians. Lithuania in this footage tend to be more repetitious than the Aussies but very sharp with their ball movement and screening actions:
VIDEO 1: Lithuania, like a range of Euro teams, executing the European ball screen continuity offense, or flow. The ball movement and player movement is purposeful, at a controlled place with most players being able to knock down open shots to stretch the defense. Constantly looking to get great shots by seeing and evaluating all scoring options on the floor.
VIDEO 2: Duke running flow. They run it almost robotically with very few reads, wrinkles or decision making. All back cuts into hand-offs, or ball screens for corner man, but execute and move the ball to perfection. They also start the same way every time with horns set and UCLA screen.
Note that in both videos on back cuts the back cutting middle man on the 3 side often rubs/bumps the defender in the dead corner as he runs through. A neat little detail to help move the defense and create space for team mates.
Why should you run flow?
When I was Director of Coaching at Central Districts Lions basketball club we wanted to become the “Sturt of the North” (Sturt being a club based on the other side of the city and the most dominant junior club in South Australia) and one of the keys to achieving this was making sure we had an understanding concepts for the x’s and o’s of South Australian State teams. Like Sturt had been doing, we wanted to engage and embrace high performance pathways and ensure our kids had the best chance possible of making, and succeed