Gregg Popovich 3 Guard Loop Series

Popovich 3 Guard

Written by Wes Kosel

Wes Kosel will enter his first season as an Assistant Coach at Augustana University under Tom Billeter in 2016-2017. Kosel came to Sioux Falls after two season at Colorado College as the lead assistant. Kosel, a native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, served as an assistant coach at Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Texas Lutheran University from 2012-2014. Kosel graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He also has a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Houston. While attending Kansas, Kosel served as an assistant coach at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. A life-long student of the game, Kosel honed his coaching skills by working summer camps for various programs in Texas, Colorado, Missouri, and New Mexico. Kosel also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Personal Trainer, both of which are certifications earned through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Kosel and his wife, Molly, live in Colorado Springs.

August 30, 2016

Gregg Popovich 3 Guard Loop Series by Wes Kosel

Here are four plays from San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. The four plays all start with three players on the perimeter and two players in the post. The first action of each play is a loop, “zipper” action from a guard on the wing. Popovich is one of the best coaches of all time and runs great offense with the Spurs. His teams are known for sharing the ball, making the extra pass, spacing, and offensive awareness. Popovich is 1,089-485 in his career as an NBA Head Coach. The Spurs have won 50 or more games every year since 1999-2000. Coach Popovich also coached in college at Pomona-Pitzer and took a team from 2 wins in his first season to 16 wins in his last. He is a five-time NBA Champion and three-time NBA Coach of the Year.

San Antonio Spurs 3 Guard Loop Series

3 Guard Loop Down

2 loops around 5 as 1 dribbles to the right wing. Once 2 has the ball, 5 and 4 set down screen for 1 and 3, respectively.

Popovich 3 Guard

3 Guard Loop PNR

3 loops around 4 to the top of the key. 1 passes to 3, and 5 moves out to set a ball screen for 3. 3 drives right as 5 rolls and 4 replaces 5. 2 slides to the corner.

Popovich 3 Guard

3 Guard Loop Post Entry

3 loops around 5 to the top of the key and gets the ball from 1. 1 then clears to the right corner and 3 dribbles left looking to pass directly into 5 in the post. On the post pass, 3 cuts into the lane as 2 and 1 fill on the perimeter.

Popovich 3 Guard

3 Guard Loop X

3 loops around 5 as 1 dribbles over and passes to 3 at the top of the key. Once 3 has the ball, 2 and 1 exchange wings cutting off of screens from 4 and 5 at the blocks.

Popovich 3 Guard

Click on the pdf link below to download the Gregg Popovich 3 Guard Loop Series:

San Antonio Spurs 3 Guard Loop Series Playbook

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