Coach Jordan Graneto presents 10 Half Court Offenses utilized by coach Doc Rivers and Boston Celtics:
Doc Rivers is my favorite NBA coach. I am from Salem, Oregon and am a diehard Portland Trail Blazer fan (yikes), but I would watch Boston play over the Blazers any day the week, and it’s not because they are more talented.
Doc Rivers has found a way into today’s NBA to implement teamwork and togetherness in offense and defense. Another reason I love watching Boston is because everyone on the team has a clearly defined role and they execute that role to perfection. You are never going to see Ryan Hollins making a low post move; his role is to set screens and get rebounds. You’re are not going to see Ray Allen going off of a lot of on ball screens; his role is to run off of off ball screens and space the floor.
This togetherness and teamwork is never clearer than watching their half court offense. Everyone has a role, and they are trying to execute it. Another aspect of Boston’s offense I love is that they refuse to isolate a lot. Sure there are the occasional Paul Pierce isolation at the top of the key and Kevin Garnett post up on the block, but other than that everything is coming off a screen and everyone is moving around. Whether it’s Rajon Rondo taking a handoff and getting a pick and roll, Ray Allen running off of five screens, or Kevin Garnett looking for a pick and pop, they are always running great sets at opportune times.
Here are ten sets from Doc Rivers’ Boston teams over the past couple years that I have come to love.
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