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Five-man motion offense: pass & cut series with screening.

Several years ago a friend of mine introduced me to a motion offense that was easy to teach and simple to learn. It was a five-man motion offense with an open post that was great at neutralizing defensive pressure and providing an automatic delay game.

During the 1999-2000 season at Sevier County HS, 10 of my basketball players were also on the football team. Since we won the 5-A State football championship that year, we got a late start in basketball. We struggled early in the season and then caught fire, advancing to the state sectionals at the U. of Tennessee.

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We used our five-man motion offense against the man defensive teams and were able to beat the top-seeded teams in our district tournament by 26 and 15 points.

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The five-man motion offense gives us good continuity in man-to-man offense that is tough to defend. We usually go into it from our various motion entries. This enables us to keep our continuity going, even if the entry fails to give us the shot we were looking for.

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We use a numbered break in our offensive scheme, and all of our out-of-bounds plays, press offense, side out plays, and secondary break take us right into the five-man motion.

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The five-man motion also serves as a delay game. It maintains our continuity and we look for nothing but lay-ups or free throws. Most teams will usually be forced to go to their zone defense to guard our five-man motion with all of its basket-cuts and back-door cuts.

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ADVANTAGES OF THE FIVE-MAN MOTION OFFENSE:

1. Makes the opposing big men leave the paint area in order to guard you on the perimeter.

2. Defense cannot hide a weak defender.

3. Exploits the opponents' lazy defender.

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4. Makes your players work hard when they see their efforts producing excellent scoring opportunities.

5. Neutralizes defensive pressure.

6. Allows you to post any player and take advantage of mismatches.

7. An excellent offense for teams with limited ability or who lack a big man.

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8. Easy to teach and learn.

9. Can be used as your delay game without making changes or disrupting your continuity.

10. Provides a motion offense with a pattern extremely hard to defense.

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RULES FOR FIVE-MAN MOTION OFFENSE:

1. Motion must be continuous.

2. All cuts must be made at full speed. Hard cuts and precision passing are an absolute necessity.

3. Players must basket-cut any time they are denied and let the next player fill the spot.

4. Players must always fill the spot closest to the ball. The open spot that needs filling is always opposite the direction that the ball was passed.

5. Anytime you pass the ball, you must either basket-cut or screen-away.

6. All wing cuts to the point must be made through the elbow.

7. Players must V-cut when setting screens to get the proper screening angle.

8. Players must be patient when running the five-man motion. Your first look is always for a lay-up off a curl-cut or basket-cut.

9. Do not let players come down the court and make one or two passes and then try to take it to the basket or shoot the jumper. Make your players get used to moving the defense first and looking for the lay-up. You will either get the lay-up or the defense will sag and you will get an excellent scoring opportunity.

10. When making a basket-cut, make sure you look for the ball and give the passer a hand target as you cut through the lane. When you get to the basket and haven't received a pass, open up to the ball as you widen out to the corner. Never have your back to the ball, or be surprised when your teammate passes you the ball. Be disappointed if the ball isn't passed to you.

FIVE-MAN MOTION OFFENSE (PASS & CUT):

Diag. 1: 1 passes to 2, jab steps, and makes a straight-line basket-cut. He then opens up to the ball by widening out to the corner. 3 fills the point by cutting thru the elbow, while 4 fills up to the wing.

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Diag. 2: 2 passes to the corner and basket-cuts thru to the weak side corner. 3 L-cuts to the ball side wing. 4 fills the point (3) by cutting thru the elbow. 1 fills up to the wing.

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Diag. 3: 5 passes to 3 and replaces himself, while 3 passes to 4, basket-cuts, then opens up to the ball and widens out to the open corner. 5 fills up to the wing.

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Diag. 4: 4 passes to 1, jab steps, and then makes a straight-line basket-cut. He then opens up to the ball and widens out to the open corner. 5 fills the point by cutting thru the elbow. 3 fills up to the wing.

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Diag. 5: 1 passes to 5, basket-cuts, and then opens up to the ball and widens out to the open corner. 2 fills up to the wing.

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Diag. 6: 5 passes to 2, jab steps, and then makes a straight-line basket-cut. He then opens up to the ball and widens out to the open corner. 3 fills the point by cutting thru the elbow. 4 fills up to the wing.

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Diag. 7: 2 passes to 1 and basket-cuts thru to the far corner. 3 L-cuts to the ball-side wing, while 4 L-cuts to the elbow and then up the wing. 5 fills the near wing.

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Diag. 8: 1 passes to 3 and replaces himself. 3 passes to 4, basket-cuts, and then opens up to the ball and widens out to the open corner, while 1 fills up to the wing.

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Diag. 9: 1 passes to 3 and basket-cuts. 2 cuts to the elbow to fill the point and then reads his defender. 5 fills up to the wing as soon as 2 leaves.

Diag. 10: If 2's defender is denying him, he will jab step on his outside foot and basket-cut. 5 will then cut to the elbow and read his defender. If the defender is below him, 5 will fill the point and 1 will fill the wing. If 5 is also being denied, he too will basket-cut and 1 will be next in line to fill the point and 2 will fill up to the wing. Notes 3's options: pass to corner, 2, or 5.

FIVE-MAN MOTION OFFENSE (SCREENING):

Diag. 11: 2 and 3 set down-screens to begin the motion, while 4 and 5 V-cut to the wings. 1 passes to 4.

Diag. 12: 1 now makes a point to wing screen by L-cutting to get the proper screening angle. 5 curl-cuts off the screen and fills the open corner, 2 fills up to the wing, and 1 replaces himself at the point.

Diag. 13: 4 passes to 1 and V-cuts to the corner to back-screen the corner guard. 3 curl-cuts off the screen and re-fills the open corner.

Diag. 14: 1 passes to 2 and curls to the corner, while 4 cuts thru the elbow to fill the point. 3 fills up to the wing.

Diag. 15: 2 passes to 5 and V-cuts to the elbow to screen for 4, who cuts around him to fill the open corner. 3 cuts thru the elbow to fill the point. 1 fills up to the wing and 2 replaces himself.

Diag. 16: 5 passes to 2 and replaces himself. 2 passes up to the point, basket-cuts, and fills the open corner. 5 fills up to the wing. 1 performs a weak-side wing-to-corner screen. 4 curl-cuts around 1's screen and returns to the open corner, as 1 replaces himself at the wing.

Summary. The five-man motion offense offers a great continuity that your players will enjoy executing. The opponents will have fits trying to defend the basket-cuts and backdoor cuts. It doesn't make a difference how talented your team is. This motion offense will make your team a winner.

You must believe in it and sell it to your players.

By John E. Kucela, Former Head Basketball Coach

Sevier County (TN) High School
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Date:Mar 1, 2005
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