Implementing Half Court Sets with Motion Offense By Jordan Graneto

Coach Jordan Graneto presents his standards for half court sets, and an implementation of half court sets with motion offense:

coach Jordan GranetoTo be honest I am a guy who believes in motion offense and the opportunities, and freedoms it presents for players to showcase their abilities. However I do understand the benefits of half court sets and find them useful when needing to get a shot for a particular player or while using them in a late game, or late quarter situation. The certain standards that I like to have for half court sets are as follows:

1. The set needs to put each player in the best situation for them to succeed.

  • Do not ask your point guard to set an on ball unless he can succeed at that and has practiced it.

2. The set needs to have everyone moving (if only for a little bit).

  • Every defensive player on the other team needs to feel pressure guarding their player and having to help off the ball. If the player just has to stand in the same spot and not move it is a lot easier for them to have great help side, or a great closeout, etc. This also makes every player feel like they have a role (on offense) in the play and are not just standing around the three point line, or on the block.

3. The set needs to have different options.

  • The easiest thing to defend is a half court set with only one place that the ball can go, especially when you have been scouted.

4. The set needs to initially look like your motion offense.

  • This makes the set harder to guard and harder to scout as the coaches and players may not initially realize you are going away from your motion offense. We run a five out motion offense so I like the half court sets that start five out.

All three of the sets shown are up to the standard that I hold for half court sets…they were modified from half court sets ran by CSKA Moscow and Olympiacos in the Euroleague playoffs this year to incorporate our five out starting look.

Jordan Graneto is an Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Sprague High School. You can follow him on Twitter! @jordangraneto.