Basketball Motion Offense

Blocker Mover Basketball Offense
Motion Offense for Attacking Man Defenses
By Brad Winters

Ball movement, player movement, screening, cutting, spacing, wise shot selection, team play, ball sureness, rebounding, and scoring are the key ingredients that make for a great basketball offense. Our basketball motion offense - Blocker Mover offense - is a combination of everything that can be done on the court with the main ideas and concepts taken from Coach Dick Bennett, Coach Bobby Knight, and Coach Don Meyer. We signal this basketball man offense by raising our fist in the air.

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Motion Offense: Blockers
The Blocker Player Assignments

We designate three players on offense to work as Blockers. Our Blockers are the backbone of this basketball offense. Players who play the Blocker position must be tough, excellent screeners/blockers, and unselfish team players. Our Blockers are constantly looking to set screens/blocks for our team's two Movers. Blockers never screen for other Blockers. It is our Blockers job to free our Movers so they can get open to create offense.

In our basketball Blocker-Mover offense, we have two types of blockers. One position is called a Free Blocker and the other position is called the Lane-to-lane Blocker. Because we use three blockers in our system, we designate two of them (#2 and #3) as Free Blockers and one of them (#5) as the Lane-to-lane Blocker.

The Free Blockers

Free Blockers have the freedom to move all over the perimeter of the floor. They are constantly looking to set blocks on the perimeter for our two Movers (down screens, flare screens, double screens, and staggered screens).

We never allow our Free Blockers to set ball screens. If one of our Movers has the ball, then our two Free Blockers are moving to set a block for the other Mover. This action is very difficult to defend.

Another great action we ask our Free Blockers to execute is the dribble hand-off (dribble weave). Free Blockers are encouraged to initiate the dribble hand-off action with a Mover whenever possible on the perimeter. The dribble hand-off is very hard to defend and creates some excellent dribble penetration opportunities for our Movers to exploit. After handing the ball off to a Mover, the Free Blocker either rolls to the basket looking for the return pass, or spaces behind the 3-point line looking for his shot.

The Lane-to-lane Blocker

Our Lane-to-lane Blocker (#5) is our team's best low post player. We want our #5 to stay close to the lane area to take advantage of draw-and-kick situations, to post up, and to get weak-side offensive rebounds. Our Lane-to-lane Blocker screening responsibilities include the following:

Player #5 sets a back-screen for our #4 player (Mover) after he passes the ball on the perimeter. After setting the back-screen, he rolls back to the lane in the opposite direction in which #4 made his cut with his hands up looking for the ball. This back-screen action for the passer is very hard to defend and often produces either a lay-up or a short jump shot.

Player #5 sets a ball-screen on the perimeter for our #1 player (Mover) whenever he catches the ball on the perimeter. Player #5 steps out away from the lane and looks to execute the pick-and-roll with our point guard. As soon as the point guard moves shoulder-to-shoulder with #5, he rolls to the basket looking for the return pass. This pick-and-roll action is a thing of beauty when run to perfection.

Blocker's Rules for Setting Screens
Teaching Basketball Players to Set Screens Properly

It is the Blocker’s responsibility to free the Mover from their defender. Set your screen on the defender’s numbers (headhunt).

Talk – call the Mover’s name to let him know you are coming to set a screen for him.

Come to a jump stop with your feet shoulder-width apart.

Bend your knees and get big when setting the screen.

Place your hands in front of your midsection.

Set the screen approximately an arm’s length away from the defender.

Be firmly set and ready for contact.

Hold all screens for a “two count.”

After the screen occurs, read the defense and flash into the open area as the “second cutter.”

Motion Offense: Movers
The Mover Player Assignments

Movers are the cutters in the Blocker Mover basketball offense. The primary job of the Mover is to play tag with the defense. Movers must be hard to guard. After setting their defender up with a v-cut, Movers must cut toward the basketball or the basket in a manner that will take them away from their defender.

In short, a Mover’s job is to attack the basket. A Mover must love to penetrate into the gaps (north and south) and look to either draw-and-kick or kick-out to the open shooter. His dribble penetration sets up himself and others for open shots.

Mover's Rules for Receiving Screens
Teaching Basketball Players to Use Screens Properly

Set up your defender – make a v-cut prior to using the screen.

Wait for the screen – do not go early. Give the Blocker time to get set.

Drive your defender into the screen. Make shoulder contact with the Blocker as you cut.

Read the defense. The type of cut you make is determined by the defensive player’s position.

Be ready for the pass. Get your hands up as you come off the screen.

Motion Offense Teaching Points
More Basketball Coaching Tips

Play unselfish team basketball.

Read the defense.

Always pass to the open man.

Play smart. Take care of the basketball.

Don’t force shots.

Don’t force passes.

Catch, turn, and face – see the court.

Chin the ball and bend your knees.

Make the extra pass.

Pass away from the defense.

Get open as a receiver.

Make maximum use of the v-cut to get open, with or without a screen.

Show a hand target and call for the ball.

Create offense for your teammates.

Look to dribble penetrate to the elbows to create offense.

Stay off the baseline unless you can score.

Attack the basket. We want to use the dribble to create draw-and-kick and kick-out situations.

Use two hands to pass the basketball.

Don’t jump to pass the ball.

Pass and move; don’t stand still.

Maintain floor balance. We do not want more than three players on one side of the court.

When overplayed, a backdoor cut is automatic if the ball is being dribbled towards you.

After passing the ball into the low post, cut to the basket looking for a return pass.

Rebound the offense. Players #5, #4, and #3 must crash the boards. Players #1 and #2 must get back.

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