Pinch Post Entry Plays by Wes Kosel
Here are four pinch post plays from three NBA teams and one college team. The pinch post action is very common in the NBA and is naturally trickling down to the college game. A pinch post action is created when a post player takes position at the elbow on the weak side of the floor (often the guards on that side of the floor will clear out). Having the ball at the pinch post will create space and allow your big men to create scoring opportunities as well.
Pinch Post Entry Plays – Pinch Post Hand-Off
In this play, the team is already set up in an overload with 5 being the only player on the right side of the floor (at the elbow). 1 passes to 5 then cuts to the corner. 3 and 2 fill up then 2 cuts around 5 looking for a hand-off. If 2 doesn’t have it the first time, he can cut back towards the middle looking for another hand-off. 3 sets a down-screen for 1.
Pinch Post Entry Plays – Pinch Post Wing Double
3 sets a back-screen for 2 then catches the ball at the elbow. Once 3 has the ball, 1 loops around to the corner and 2 cuts around a double screen from 5 and 4.
Pinch Post Entry Plays – Wolfpack Pinch Post
1 passes to 2 on the wing then cuts to the block off of a screen from 5. 2 passes to 3 at the top of the key then 3 passes to 4 flashing up to the elbow. 5 and 2 set a double screen for 1 who cuts to the wing looking for a shot. After passing to 4, 3 loops around 4 looking for a hand-off.
Pinch Post Entry Plays – Spurs Pinch Post
1 passes to 2 who passes to 4 at the elbow. 2 cuts around 4 looking for a hand-off. If the hand-off isn’t there, 2 cuts out to the wing and 3 crosses the floor to the opposite corner. 4 passes to 1 who looks inside to 5. If that isn’t open, 1 and 5 can screen for 3 in the corner.
Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Andy Partee at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. Kosel joined the staff at Colorado College after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas Lutheran University and one season at Haskell Indian Nations University. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), both certifications given through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. He has coached summer AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, USA Basketball, University of Houston, Colorado, New Mexico, Air Force, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Kosel is also a member of the NABC International Committee and serves as the committee’s social media manager.
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