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THE BOX OFFENSE
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).
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.
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.
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.
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