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.