The triangle offense is a part of a great many basketball plays, and for good reason - when it is run well, it frees up at least one of the players for a decent shot, and it flows well into a lot of plays. This shooting drill works on improving players' abilities to shoot when that triangle opens up shots; it helps them to better understand when the shot will open up, where to look to pass, and in general, helps them play basketball better.
The triangle offense is not, on its own, an offensive play. But if you look at the movements within this mini-play, you'll see a lot of good stuff happening - pass and screen away, pick and roll out to basket, cutting off a screen to the ball - and if you break apart a lot of man-to-man offenses, and even some zone offenses, you'll find this little set of movements in quite a few, pretty much exactly as you find it here.
This is a shooting drill centered around the triangle movement. It reinforces the movement first of all, but also focuses the players on identifying and taking the shots as they become available.
Players Involved: 3
Equipment Needed: 1 basket + 1 basketball
When running this drill, the first round should be run without shooting, with the focus solely on the movements required of the drill. Subsequent rounds should then focus on the shooting - taking the shots as they come available, with players trying to get passes in and take shots from every position, with every cut.
The same sequence of movement is now done on the opposite side of the key.
And the drill continues in this fashion for a few minutes, until the
coach is satisfied that the players understand the movements and can run
them well. Then, in the next round, players take shots from the various
positions, with either the coach calling out which shot to take or the players simply rotating shots at random.
Shots Players Should Look For
This triangle offense opens up several shots, with these being the main shots players should be looking for:
A few more coaching points
The triangle offense is a great practice drill for several things - shooting, screens, passing - but it is also a great introduction to players on the movement that happens within a basketball play, regardless of the play you are using. Work this drill into your practices, especially at the beginning of the preseason as an extension of your screening fundamentals and before you introduce your offensive plays.