"My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge, and aggressive to learn." -Michael Jordan
Project Triple Threat - Drew Dawson
What follows are my thoughts on general keys for effective team offense.
1. Spacing. Arguably, this is the most important facet of any offense. Without proper spacing the ability to execute an individual play or multiple team actions becomes limited.
2. Creating opportunities in the open floor (Transition Offense). Good transition puts pressure on the defense, creates early and easy scoring opportunities, and helps with initiating half court action.
3. Ball Reversal. The ability to shift the defense with good quick ball reversal while stressing the centerline (helpline) and forcing sloppy defensive close-outs is key to successful team play. If you need more proof, watch the San Antonio Spurs!
4. Dribble Penetration. Without penetration, an offense becomes just a catch. Dribble penetration puts a lot of pressure on the interior of the defense, forces multiple rotations, and creates scoring opportunities at the rim, as dump-offs, or gap and kick situations.
5. Post Play. The most obvious point here. Good post play anchors the offense (regardless of the system), creates short-range scoring opportunities, and alleviates pressure along the perimeter.
6. Open Opportunities for Shooters. The key here is “open” opportunities, not just opportunities to shoot the basketball. Simply, if an offense looks cute, but leads to contested shots, it’s not good offense. Pretty straightforward. However, when an offense executes many of the other aspects mentioned, quality shots for capable shooters are usually manufactured (given you have reasonable talent).