Welcome to NBA Spotlight! The purpose of this weekly series is to take popular plays from the NBA, and show how they can be used by coaches at all levels. I will provide coaches with some fresh ideas, and show how NBA plays can be used against multiple defenses.
This week, we will look at how NBA teams are using the “Floppy action” for baseline out of bounds plays. The action involved is very simple and provides multiple scoring opportunities for your team. The positions in this series are incredibly versatile. What we will look at is the basic floppy action, followed by the various counters that can accompany the set. These can be used against both man-to-man and zone defenses. Another benefit is that due to the simple alignment of the play, its easy to learn and teaches players “how to play,” with options to cut and screen to open areas of the floor.
— — -Floppy
The rules of this action are simple. Set hard screens and cut to open space. As long as the four players involved occupy as many open seams as possible, you will get a good result. The guards don’t have to use the screen for a jump shot every time and are free to cut straight down the middle of the key or curl to the rim as well. The forwards should first look to slip to the rim after setting a screen if possible before exploring other options.
Against a two-three zone the same rules apply. After solid picks have been set on the guards defending up top, the bottom defenders have no choice but to step out and prevent the shot from the perimeter. This allows the forwards to slip to the rim for a layup. Its essentially a game of 4 on 3 from the baseline
— — -Floppy Seal
This counter begins the same way as floppy, except the ball side elbow pops to the perimeter while the weak side elbow cuts to the basket. From here, we are looking to screen the in bounder for a score. If its man-to-man defense, you can either use the jump shot or post up your forward under the rim with good spacing.
If it is a zone defense, then simply screen the center of the zone and allow your guard to make a play from the elbow by kicking out for a shot or playing the high-low game with the post, who is located in the short corner.
— — -Floppy Flow
As the defense prepares for the guards to cut, the forwards pop to the wing, while the guards back up to the slots. Following the ball reversal, the team goes into a “Flow” or “blocker mover” action. This is an awesome set, which is versatile against any defense. Players must screen people, instead of places.
If a shot is not created against the zone, just have the flare screener slip to the middle of the zone. From here, he can play the high low game with the five man who just slipped to the rim.
— — -Floppy Elevator
When you need a quick three point shot, this is the play for you. Once the ball is in play and the forwards have popped out, have the in-bounder sprint through the elevator doors for a shot.
When seeing a zone defense, all you have to do is screen the top of the zone and have those players cut to open space to play inside out against the zone.
— — -Floppy Weak
Here is a screen the screener action to free up our inbounder with misdirection. A simple cross screen followed by a down screen will be effective against both defenses.
When faced with a zone, look to have the wing catch the ball below the wing to force the bottom defender to guard him. Then screen the center of the zone before screening the top of it. As always we look to slip to open space and play the high-low or inside out game.
— — -Floppy Hammer Throwback
This set is only used for man to man coverage but does a great job of using the defenses helpside positioning against them. First we invert the screens which means that the guards will cut to get open before turning around and pinning the forwards defenders. After faking the handoff with the passer, the baseline drive allows us to throw a pass to the corner off of a flare screen followed by a cut to the rim. This is called the Hammer action. The throwback portion gives the driver the ability to reverse pivot and make a read while two guards screen for each other looking for a shot.
That does it for NBA Spotlight: Floppy Baseline out of bounds series!
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