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DEFENDING THE DRIBBLE DRIVE MOTION OFFENSE

The fastest-growing offense in all levels of basketball has been the dribble drive motion offense thanks to the successes enjoyed by teams coached by Vance Walberg and John Calipari.  This offense has been effective at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels because of its attack mentality and its ability to play off of modern overplay defenses and popular zone defenses.

This article is designed in such a way to help with man-to-man defenses who have to defend the dribble drive motion offense.  It will also show how the offense operates and what it wants to take advantage of when facing a given defense.

How the Offense Operates

The primary approach to the dribble drive motion offense is its ability to beat teams off of the dribble.  They also love to take advantage of defenses that are committed to denying passes on the perimeter.  Remember, they want to attack the basket, not swing the ball around on the perimeter.

When playing an over-play defense, the perimeter players will look to attack the basket and get lay-ups if possible.  Diagram 1 shows a dribble drive against an overplay defense with no help showing.  This play gives the point guard an open lay-up if he can beat his man and protect himself from getting the shot blocked.


Diagram 1

Diagrams 2 and 3 introduce the concepts of help stepping in and the problems that it poses.  Diagram 2 shows #5's defender leaving his man to stop the dribble penetration.  When this happens, the lob pass is open for #5 and can result in a devastating dunk.

Diagram 3 shows help from a perimeter defender on the drive.  #3's man leaves to stop penetration.  Because he started almost in the corner against #3, X3 goes too far a distance and cannot recover in time to stop the three-point try by #3.  Also, #3 has the option to drive if X3 closes out poorly.


Diagram 2


Diagram 3

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