Basic high-school basketball offensive set

March 12th, 2017

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Assists, point guards, and ball movement

January 5th, 2016

Earlier this season, I posed a question about Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo to several basketball coaches. I asked if Rondo’s gaudy assist totals were a positive for the Kings. The coaches answered unanimously that a point guard racking up a lot of assists could not be a negative, and several even questioned why I would ask such a question.  Read the rest of this entry »

Spot-up three-point shooting: Touchdowns, not home runs

July 10th, 2015

“Most of the league’s 3-pointers are more like touchdown passes than home runs; they involve a key interaction between two offensive players.” – Kirk Goldsberry

Every offseason, basketball players head to the gym to get up some repetitions in an effort to improve their shooting. We view shooting as an individual skill, and consequently players practice their shooting individually. The above comment from Kirk Goldsberry in his article about the NBA’s best spot-up shooters highlights an important, but forgotten element of shooting: The interaction between teammates.  Read the rest of this entry »

Set plays and playing the game

June 22nd, 2015

I refereed 20 games this weekend at a team camp, and the differences in approaches in the teams was striking. One team, as an example, played 12 players nearly equal minutes although much of the second team played in middle school last year and this was a varsity tournament. Another team had 15 players on its bench for one game, and stuck to a seven-person rotation. Some coaches stood and yelled and controlled the players for the entire game, and others sat and barely said a word. Some teams ran plays every single time down the court, and other teams played with little structure. Read the rest of this entry »

The problem with the triple threat

May 29th, 2015

Last year, at this time, everyone wrote about the beauty and ball movement of the San Antonio Spurs offense. A series of posts that I wrote eventually became the genesis for SABA: The Antifragile Offense. Now, with Atlanta’s loss to the Cavaliers, everyone is writing about the deficiencies of the same philosophy and offense. Read the rest of this entry »

SABA: The Antifragile Offense

April 2nd, 2015

SABA Front Cover

SABA: The Antifragile Offense now available on Amazon Kindle (paperback and e-book at should be available soon).

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Basketball offense and self-organization

March 5th, 2015

A team is a dynamic system. “A system is a set of things – people, cells, molecules, or whatever – interconnected in such a way that they produce their own patterns of behavior over time,” (Meadows, 2008; p. 2). Read the rest of this entry »

General basketball skills before specific basketball plays

February 26th, 2015

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The SABA Offensive System

January 31st, 2015

Chaos and Order: Our bias toward organization

January 19th, 2015

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