Here is a couple of baseline out of bounds plays that Barcelona has run this year under new coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius.
The first is a good staggered look for a shooter. Rather than run a straight double stagger for the shooter, they use the shooter (Alex Abrines in this case) as a screener, then bring him off a stagger once the ball has been entered. Using him as a screener first, then running the primary action once the ball has been entered is a nice way to attack the defense. Prior to the ball is inbounded, the defense will be locked in on defending any scoring action. However, once the ball has been entered, the defense has been shifted and has a tendency to relax after guarding what they believe was the primary action. Now is an opportunistic time for the offense to try to score as the defense is resting and recovering. This was evident in the play as Abrines’ defender fell asleep and was late trailing the stagger screen. Barcelona took advantage and executed to perfection for 3 points.
Barcelona runs a counteraction to this play. The action is identical with the exception of once the ball is entered. Instead of the inbounder (Nick Calathes) clearing to the weak side, he steps in and sets a cross screen for the 1st big in the stagger action. The counter works to perfection as the defender of the big is concerned with a stagger and the defender guarding the inbounder fails to hold and provide help for the big. This is an easy 2 points for Barcelona.
This is a great baseline outbounds play and counter to add to your playbook. Thank you for checking out the Barcelona Stagger BLOB.