Spacing is so important for your offense to function at a high level. When a wing player doesn’t have the ball in their hands they should be spaced about 12-15 feet apart behind the three point line.
The one objective that you should teach your team is to consistently get the ball in the paint and force two defenders to guard one. This forces your opponent to have to leave players off of the ball and scramble to cover the rest of the court. That emphasizes the importance of going somewhere with the ball. Never should your players hold the ball or dribble without going anywhere. This enables the defense to stop the ball and put them in great position. By penetrating or screening constantly it forces defenders in scramble mode opening up spots on the floor.
I’m going to share a couple of drills with you today. Like most drills that I put players through, I put an emphasis on making it as game like as possible. I think the more you explain how defenders rotate in certain situations your players will understand how to make plays. Passing is so important to make offenses work. I think more drill-work needs to put importance on how to draw defenders and open up teammates for high percentage shots.
DRILL 1 WING DRIVE DROP TO WEAK-SIDE BIG.
In the first drill we want the wing player to drive middle in the paint forcing the weak-side big to rotate over leaving the post player open for a drop down finish in the paint. Work on hard drives to the middle and forcing players to leave others to stop the ball.
DRILL 2 WING DRIVE DROP TO WEAK-SIDE BIG
In this drill we are now bringing the rotation to the next level. We are still having the wing player drive hard middle. The weak-side big rotates over. The shooting guard that is defending the weak-side corner now drops down to guard the big to help the helper. This opens up the shooting guard to open up for a spot up jumper.
Spot up players can be so important. Your players need to understand how defenders are affected by drives in the paint. This will open up to them how to draw defenders and make passers to open teammates. I hope this helps and good luck