Check out the following sideline inbounds plays to see how you can implement some new alternatives out on the basketball court this year. The effective plays offer a variety of options and can be used at practically any level of basketball.
Sideline Inbounds Play vs. Man-to-Man
Submitted by Jon Pye, Central Missouri State, Warrrensburg, Missouri
The Set-up: 3 will inbound the ball on the sideline. Meanwhile, 5 starts out on the low near side block and 4 is positioned on the far side low block. 2 begins on the near elbow of the free-throw line and 1 starts out at the far elbow.
The Action: The play gets underway as 2 sets a pick for 1 across the free throw line. 1 comes off the pick and receives a pass from 3 a little bit beyond the top of the key. After 2 sets the pick, he then sets another pick, this time for 4 down on the far low block. 4 then curls off that screen and comes to the middle of the lane. After 3 dishes off to 1 in the beginning, 5 then sets a back screen for 3.
The Finish: After receiving the inbounds pass from 3, 1 looks for 5’s back pick of 3 and then feeds a backdoor pass to 3 for the layup.
Special Play for a Late Game 3-Pointer
Submitted by Seth Greenberg, Long Beach State University, Long Beach, California
The Set-up: This play works out of a box set with 1 as the inbounder. 2 starts out on the near low block and 3 starts out on the far low block. Meanwhile, 5 is on the near elbow of the free-throw line and 4 starts at the far elbow.
The Action: 2 should be your best shooter. After a down screen by 5, 2 cuts off the screen and comes to the top of the key to get the inbounds pass. At the same time, 3 cuts across the baseline to the near corner and creates a triangle with 2 and 5. Then, 4 makes a screen right in the middle of the free-throw line area. If 2 doesn’t get the pass in, 4 flare-screens for 2 at the top of the key and can cut to the basket if the defender helps on 2.
The Finish: The inbounder could have a few options here if he really reads the defense in this situation. He can look for 3 for a three-point field goal on the nearside or he can hit 2 with a skip pass on the opposite side behind the arc. Also, 4 may be open for a three-point try at the top of the key.
This week’s playbook breakdown features three plays stemming from an under-the-basket inbounds situation that requires a quick basket. These plays offer options against a man-to-man defense and a zone defense, and can also net easy layups or high-percentage jumpers.
Vs. Man-to-Man Defense
The Set-Up: This play allows for an effective set-up of a 3-point shot. The 1 player will inbound the ball while 2, 3, 4 and 5 set up in a box formation around the paint. 5 and 3 will set a double screen for 2 in the lane, while 2 sprints around the screens and across the foul line and flares out to the corner for a jumper.
The Finish: 1 pass-fakes to 4, who makes a fake cut to the hoop before sprinting out to the near corner, and 2 sets up the defense by cutting to the ball and then comes off the double screen for the corner jump shot. After 1 pass-fakes to 4, he hits 2 in the corner for the open look.
Vs. Zone Defense
The Set-Up: 1 inbounds the ball while the other players line up across the foul line. 3, 4 and 5 set screens for 2, who steps beyond the three-point arc for the jumper after receiving an over-the-top pass from 1. When the triple screen is made, 2 really must sell the fake in order to create the necessary separation.
The Finish: 1 passes the ball to the spot and 2 fakes cutting to the ball before ducking back out to the top of the key as 3,4 and 5 close the gap with screens. 2 receives the pass from 1 and takes the open jumper from up top.
The Set-Up: 1 has the ball on the baseline while 5 and 2 start out on the opposite low blocks. 4 is at the side of the foul line on the same side as the ball. 3 is at the top of the key. 2 then pops across the lane on a diagonal. 2 and 5 next set staggered screens for 4. 4 then uses both screens and breaks hard to the basket around the backside. After 4’s break, 2 then curls around 5 and looks for the ball while rolling backside to the hoop.
The Finish: 1 passes to either 4 on the initial backside roll or dishes off to 2, who curls around 5 after setting the screen. 4 and 2 are the top options here and 3 is the safety valve up at the top of the key.
The previous drills can be found on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 70 Baseline and Under the Basket In-Bounds Plays” featuring Michael Podoll of Winning Hoops. Click here to see the entire “Best of the Best” Winning Hoops Set.