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Basketball Offense - Box-Set Offense - Isolation/Backdoor Plays

By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook, @ http://www.coachesclipboard.net
This article is the fourth in a series of four articles on basketball's Box-set offense and coach Lason Perkins' excellent DVD on the Box offense. Coach Perkins at this writing resides in Cary, NC and coaches basketball at Chapel Hill High School. Lason Perkins is recognized globally as one of basketball's brightest coaching minds. He has coached at every level of basketball from elementary school to the professional ranks, and is the creator of many instructional basketball videos. He is a great student of the game with an expert understanding of Xs and Os, and maintains contact with coaches from around the world.

Coach Perkins has researched the Box offense in great detail and presents 34 detailed plays and options, all with on-court demonstrations. Plays are categorized as (1) baseline plays for your shooters (7 plays), (2) post plays (15 plays), (3) pick and roll plays (6 plays), and (4) isolation/backdoor plays (6 plays).

Get the DVD and all 34 plays!

Encyclopedia of the Box Offense DVD

"Encyclopedia of the Box Offense" with Lason Perkins


The back-door plays are designed for attacking pressure, over-playing denial defenses with a back-door cut and lay-up. The ISO plays give your great 1-on-1 player opportunities for attacking his/her defender 1-on-1.

Isolation/Backdoor Plays



The following plays are in the Premium Members section)
  • Curl ISO
  • Misdirection


Carolina BD (back-door)

Dean Smith used this simple play at North Carolina. Starting with the box set (diagram 1), O1 dribbles left, as O2 and O4 cut out the left corner and wing. O5 cuts to the top and gets the pass from O1. O3 starts a cut out to the right wing, but then quickly back-cuts to the hoop for the pass from O5. This works well against teams that aggressively deny O3 (your leading scorer).

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Spartan BD (back-door)

Tom Izzo has used this play at Michigan State. Starting in the box-set, O5 cuts out to the right wing for the pass from O1. O4 moves over to the right elbow. Using O4 as a "scissors" screener (diagram 2), O3 cuts to the top as O1 cuts inside to the right block. O1 could receive a pass here for a lay-up. Otherwise O5 passes to O3 at the top.

O3 dribbles left. O2 starts a cut out to the left wing, but suddenly back-cuts to the hoop for the pass from O3 and the lay-up. On the opposite side, mainly for the purpose of occupying the helpside defenders, we have O4 and O5 set a staggered screen for O1, and O1 cuts to the top.

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DHO (dribble hand-off)

O1 dribbles to the right wing (diagram 1), as O5 down-screens for O3 and O3 cuts to the top for the pass from O1. O4 down-screens for O2 and O2 cuts to the left wing, as O5 cuts out to the left corner. O3 dribbles toward O2 for the weave-screen, dribble hand-off (diagram 3). O2 attacks with the dribble-drive, and has passing options to O4 and O1.

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Side ISO

From the box-set (diagram 1), O5 and O2 down-screen for O3 and O4. O3 cuts out to the right wing. After screening, O2 moves to the right corner, and O5 goes to the right block. O4 cuts to the left wing for the pass from O1. We now have a nice clear-out situation for O4 (diagram 2). O4 is a strong 1-on-1 player and attacks his/her defender 1-on-1.

If O4 does not immediately attack the defender, O1 sets a ball-screen for O4, who then attacks with the dribble to the elbow (diagram 3). O1 moves to left wing-corner area. O4 looks to score, or pass to O2, O3 or O5.

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Get more Box-Set Plays in the Premium Members section and the Deluxe CD and downloads. It also includes "Curl ISO" and "Misdirection".

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From Lason Perkins "Encyclopedia of the Box Offense")



Get the DVD and all 34 plays!

Encyclopedia of the Box Offense DVD

"Encyclopedia of the Box Offense" with Lason Perkins






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