Run With a Slow Team, Too

This entry is the 11th chapter of the blog Ideas on Building a Fast Fast Break Offense. The whole blog is here.

The traditional thinking is that if you have quick players, you run a fast break offense. And if you have slow players, you concentrate on your half-court offense.

This is not an optimal way to approach the issue. Rather, make the decision based on the number of capable players. If you have ten or more of them, run the fast fast break offense. If you don’t have, don’t run.

Why should this be the case?

  1. All offensive systems are more effective with quick players than with slow ones. If you have really slow players, you’ll be in trouble no matter what. Your fast fast break offense will not be great, but neither will your half court offense. However, if you have a lot of slow players, the fast fast break offense might be your best chance. It allows you to take advantage of your depth, and that may be your only strength compared to your opponents.
  2. Quickness is usually referred to as a physical characteristic – meaning foot speed. However, basketball requires tactical and technical quickness, too. So, even if your players have slow feet, they can be relatively quick in the basketball sense of the word. And if they are not, it’s your job can to help them become quicker.
  3. Quickness is relative. If your team play at a young age group or in a low-level league, the players will be slow in the absolute sense of the word – in other words, compared to elite teams. But you don’t need to worry about those teams. All you need worry about is your team and its opponents.

Ideas on Building a Fast Fast Break Offense

All solid offenses run breaks that are fast up to a point. In this entry I’m trying to see how we could accelerate the offense beyond the point set by conventional wisdom. This is where the title comes from: “fast fast break offense” refers to an offense that is visibly faster than a solid, reasonable offense on the average.

I am writing and posting entry this piece by piece, chapter by chapter. The 11th chapter Run With a Slow Team, Too was posted on Friday September 1. Please let me know if you spot loopholes in my thinking or if you want to share some of your ideas.

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Complexity, Creativity, and Everything

“Basketball is interaction between the two teams and the rules of basketball.”

That was my definition of basketball I wrote in a previous blog. In this blog, I tried to justify the aforementioned definition. Then I discussed what it implied regarding coaching, practicing, and playing basketball.

Questions about complexity, collectivism, creativity, variability, and mindfulness emerged. All the way through, I drew practical conclusions from the theoretical musings.

As James C. Maxwell remarked: “There is nothing more practical than a good theory.”

I wrote this piece by piece. The last addition was made on Monday May 1. The update starts with the subheading Practical Conclusions, Part 5: Always Consider the Context.

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Let Us Re-imagine Basketball

We should re-imagine basketball.

The current equipment and rules are designed to suit men’s top level. Elite players can go coast-to-coast in a flash, palm the ball, throw end-to-end passes, dunk the ball thunderously, hit threes as if they were lay-ups. You know, do all kinds of cool stuff.

The rest – kids, women, recreational male players – are left with a ball game that’s nice not really suited for them. This could be changed. We could modify the rules so that players of all levels would get to really enjoy the game.

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Why eFG% Is Invalid for Measuring the Efficiency of FG Shooting

Whenever you see basketball performance analysis where eFG% is used as the metric to measure the efficiency of FG shooting, you immediately know that the whole analysis is invalid. Since eFG% is widely used, much of the current basketball performance analysis is invalid.

Nothing helps: not the huge amount of the data, not the sophistication of the analysis methods, not the great looks of the graphics. In a way, they only make matters worse since they help hide the invalidity of the underlying assumptions.

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Improving Andre Drummond’s Free Throw

In a previous blog entry, I wrote about shooting and practicing shooting at a general level. Here I try to show how to implement those ideas into a real-life situation.

To make this concrete and familiar, let’s have a look at a much-publicized dilemma: an NBA player’s free throw shooting technique that is flawed and produces bad results. In other words, let’s look at Andre Drummond’s free throw shooting.

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Remarks on Shooting and Practicing Shooting

This entry is an attempt to combine some principles and some nuts and bolts regarding shooting and practicing shooting. Originally, I published this post in March 2015.

In November 2015 I put it back together piece by piece and also added some new remarks. The latest additions were made on Monday Nov 30. Drills related to this entry can be found in this blog entry.

Shooting Accuracy and Efficiency Are Not the Same Thing

For starters we must define the primary goal of shooting practice. That definition is a prerequisite for any intelligent discussion about the subject. That is because if we do not know exactly what shooting practice should accomplish, it is impossible to assess its efficiency.

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