Triple threat and ball movement

Since the NBA Western Conference Semifinals, I have written several articles about the needlessness of the triple threat position based on the San Antonio Spurs ball movement (here, herehere, and here).

After the original articles, arguments ensued on twitter between those curious about my ideas, and those beholden to the necessity of the triple threat, especially for young players. As I wrote:

My basic premise is that (1) we should teach the game as it is played, with movement; (2) we should teach the game before we attempt to teach plays or continuity offenses; and (3) if we agree with my first two premises, we should teach individual offense based on the catch-and-shoot or catch-and-go, not the jab step series, because players are most open when they first receive the pass.

Today, University of Maine assistant coach Zak Boisvert tweeted an old article about Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek. Hornacek said:

“We try to always say ‘If you hold the ball and you hesitate and your first look is how can I get by this guy?’ It’s probably not going to work. You know when the pass is in the air, whether you should catch it and go or if you have an opportunity to catch it and shoot. But you can’t catch it and then think that. You’re going to be a second late and then it’s not good. I think it’s a testament to us as coaches for making it a priority right from the start, and a testament to the players for knowing they’re all going to get their fair share of shots. If everybody shares it, and they’re unselfish, everybody winds up with the same amount of shots anyway.”

Unselfishness and anticipation. Maybe those are the two keys to offense. More on the keys to basketball offense in the Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, 6.17. Sign up at the top of the right-hand column.

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