WNBA Early Offense by Layton Westmoreland
Basketball in its purest form is when five players are playing together to achieve one goal. Whether that is the goal of winning a game, or down to a single offensive or defensive play… it is beautiful to watch when it happens.
Being a huge fan of the game, I tend to watch an enormous amount of film to appreciate the fundamentals of basketball and great offensive play and awareness, whether it is at the college, WNBA or NBA level. Being a huge fan of the WNBA, I have taken notice of their Early Offenses across the league that is used as defenses are still trying to get set in transition, taking advantage of multiple layers of actions involving almost all five players on the floor at times.
A lot of teams tend to slow down and let the defense get set, or the complete opposite and fly to the rim and force a shot. While you may have a great set offense or feel you have the advantage in transition, both can lead to losing an early advantage or causing a turnover from being out of control on your way to the rim. Having a early offense in your toolbox as a coach can really help your team on the transition to take advantage of the defense as they are still picking up their mark or have a mismatch due to transition coverages (if a post gets down the floor to protect the rim and ends up matched with a guard).
This Early Offense is out of the Drag Screen Series and is specifically used by many WNBA and NBA teams and can be adapted or modified from the professional level down to high school programs on the men and women’s side looking to add some efficiency and structure to their transition scoring opportunities.
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