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When looking for an offense that can either get your team into a set play or any other offense, one of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to run the box offense.  The box offense has been used by many teams through the years and is capable of taking advantage of a team that runs effective three-around-two offense whether it is a set offense or a free-lance offense.

Advantages of the Box Offense

The first advantage of the box offense is that it is relatively easy to teach.  Just about every set offense is simple to teach, but this one takes it to a new level.  The box offense has pre-sets and sets that can be learned quickly and many variations that players can figure out fast.

Second, the box offense allows for post ups and post entry throughout the entirety of the offense.  The pre-sets and the sets are designed to get the ball into the post.  This helps the offense score more points because those teams that are able to get post penetration are more likely to score and less likely to come away with empty possessions.

Finally, the box offense runs many of the offensive maneuvers a team will see during the course of the season.  By having exposure to the variety of maneuvers that a team will face on defense, teams that run the box offense will be prepared for the season ahead.  This is because when teams scrimmage with the box offense, they see the offensive maneuvers on a daily basis so nothing that opposing teams in games run will be anything new or different..

Disadvantages of the Box Offense

One major disadvantage of the box offense is that it can become predictable.  The way in which this offense can become predictable is that since it is normally a set-play offense, other teams can easily scout the offense.  Those teams that can figure out the offense have the best chance of stopping it.

Another disadvantage of the box offense is that it requires a particular type of personnel.  The personnel required is a three-around-two type personnel.  This means that three players must be perimeter-type players while the other two players will primarily play in the post.

Box Offense Pre-Sets

In the box offense, we will run four pre-sets that will all have the same look at the start.  The point guard will have the ball in the middle of the floor while #'s 2 and 3 start on the low blocks and #'s 4 and 5 start at the elbows (Diagram 1).

Diagram 1

The first pre-set shown is called "Pop".  Here, #'s 2 and 3 will pop to the wings on their respective sides and look to get the basketball.  This pre-set favors the wings as far as their getting the basketball is concerned.

Diagram 2

The second pre-set is called "Down" and, like "Pop", is designed to get the ball into the hands of our wing players.  #'s 4 and 5 will set down screens for #'s 3 and 2 respectively as they cut to the wings on their respective sides (Diagram 3).  After the cutters come off of their screens, #'s 4 and 5 will come high to the elbows on their respective sides and look to get the basketball.

Diagram 3

The third pre-set that we run is called "Cross".  Like the two previous pre-sets, the pre-set is designed to get the wings open to receive the basketball.  When the pre-set is called, #'s 2 and 3 will cross low and come off of down screens set by #'s 4 and 5 respectively (Diagram 4).  Once the wings have come off of the screens, #'s 4 and 5 will come high to the elbows on their respective sides.

Diagram 4

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