This basketball flex offense is a very active offense, moving players constantly into different positions. It requires all players to play every position, so it will suit a team that doesn't conform to the standard roles very well. For me, this has been a useful play when I have had no real big man at center, when I have lacked presence up near the basketball rim.
This basketball flex offense is a great way to even up the odds lost by lack of height, since it allows all team members to pull out to a variety of positions and use whatever skills they may have (instead of forcing a player to play low even though he doesn't really have the skill set to do so). It also pulls the opponent's big men out, as they try to follow their defensive assignments, making the key less crowded and rebounding a bit easier.
It's a pretty basic play, but that's the kind of play I like. If it suits you, and you want to find out more about this type of strategy, I would suggest you check out Glenn Wilkes' Complete Book on Basketball's Flex Offense - it's probably the best known and most comprehensive review of this offensive strategy out there.
The guard that receives the pass (#3) has three passing options, which translate into three scoring opportunities:
The guard with the ball (#3) now has two new passing options and scoring opportunities:
If none of these passes work out, we reverse the ball and all our movement happens again on the other side of the key
And if none of that works out, we reverse the ball again:
#2 steps out to the guard position and receives the pass from #4; #3 flashes out to the wing; #1 begins the cut across the key off #5's screen
Like any offensive play, defense can catch on to the movements and adjust, but there are adaptations to the flex offense that will help counter that.
And that's the basic play. Like I said, it isn't complicated, but it can be effective if your players are moving quickly and watching for open teammates. Which is why I like this play - it is simple and it places a premium on team play and a solid focus on basic fundamentals like pick n rolls and back door cuts - something I feel every good play should do, especially if you are coaching at the youth level.
Like I've mentioned above, if the basketball flex offense is something you want to look into in more depth, if you want to know more options and how to use it in a variety of situations, take a look at Glenn Wilkes' Complete Book on Basketball's Flex Offense.
And Good Luck!
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