The Phoenix Suns were the most entertaining and efficient team in the NBA during the Mike D'Antoni era. They have single-handedly put scoring back in the NBA game and the Suns Fast Break reflects that philosophy.
It is much different than the Carolina Fast Break and serves a different purpose. The Sun Fast Break is the Phoenix offense. There is not much movement and there is not the traditional secondary or transition fast break options.
The fast break is defined by 2 things, spacing and philosophy. The Suns' philosophy is to get a shot within the first 7 seconds. That creates a pace that forces players to get up and down the court. This creates defensive breakdowns because the defense cannot recover in time. Spacing is critical as it creates gaps in which the ball can penetrate and either finish at the rim or kick out for a 3.
This is not a fast break for the faint of heart. You have to have players that are fearless as shooters, a point guard vision and a coach who can ride the waves.
1 is the point guard. He must get the ball up the floor as quickly as possible. He is always looking to penetrate for a layup or kick out for a shot.
2 and 3 are shooters. They sprint to the corners, outside the 3 point line.
4 is your best shooting frontcourt player. He runs on the opposite side of the ball along the foul lane line.
5 is the post trailer.
1 looks to penetrate and score or dish
1 pushes the ball and passes to 2 in the corner. 2 looks to shoot
1 pushes the ball to the middle and throws over the top to 3.
3 looks to score
1 pushes to the sideline and passes to 4
4 looks to score.
1 pushes the ball up the floor and headmans to 2 at the foul line extended wing.
2 returns the ball immediately, either by pass or handoff.
I am trying to implement this fastbreak with a freshman (HS) team and it is very cofusing to them. I am trying to break it down pass by pass but they are struggling with the fact that they have never seen a 4-1 set before. Any suggestions?
maybe a good coach would bring your team to success...sean i have a suggestion..u seam like a good coach but i believe you should get the kids from varsity and make them play freshman games so you can be better than 4-16
Guys, this is a very easy offense. Don't break this down pass by pass, that is not how you do it. The thing about this offense is the players have to make decisions. How you teach this offense is you make sure each and every player knows all of their options. What they can do with the ball or without the ball. It will never be the same passes two times in a row. So it's a action - reaction type offense.
The idea of this is to take advantage of insane shooting and athleticism. For those of you who are saying you're trying to run this, but not very good at it, try something else. I'm not trying to be mean, but you HAVE to have GREAT shooting/ball-handling/passing players for this to work. My team was made up of guys who had played together for years and could all shoot and run and were very smooth with the ball. Unless you have the players, this offense will hurt you more than the other team.
Dr Laurence J. MacDonald PhD says:
11/13/2009 at 8:06:13 PM
Shady Z is correct, I coach Professional basketball in the HKPBL and many of these players excell at the skill positions. I implemented this break and even with all their skills, they still struggled with it but eventually got it down. It takes time and patience. I'm reading some of the other comments, but most good offenses are like Novocain if you keep taking it, eventually its going to work.
Coach Laurence MacDonald Lady Keen HKPBL Division 1 Hong Kong Professional Basketball League
There are alot of things to consider when trying to install an NBA fast break in high school or even college. In the NBA all the players are very skilled for their particular spot. Point guards are exceptional ball handlers for example. Also there is illegal defense in the NBA, that is not so in high school. Which means there will be helpside defense waiting in the paint in most cases. That may make this break somewhat difficult to run.
Keep it simple. Fastbreak first and secondary break second. Make sense? The Suns can have a 7 second rule cause their pros. In high school I just want them to attack and try to create a 2on1 utilizing speed dribble to middle, pitch passes, kickouts, dishes and keepers....basic transition offense. Be organized and make your rules fit your personel. For example...we have 5 guys who can push the ball this year, so their rule is whoever rebounds triggers the break and we sprint the sidelines and look for pitch aheads and speed dribble to middle. to create a 2on1. The second thing we do off that is reverse the ball and look in the post. First guy down the floor fills the post if we dont pitch ahead to him. If we do then first guy opposite him cuts to the post. Thats it! We call it Get It & GO! Our basic rules of halfcourt offense are seamless and ready to be applied at any time! on makes we need to be better organized. We will designate the inbounder as our trail and our fastest speed dribbler as our outlet. The other three sprint the sidelines. Trust me when I say they will figure out who cuts to the post but you may have to point out that we dont want 3 on a side and the side with two must work it out. We use the trail to reverse the ball and the speed dribbler reacts to the defense accordingly. To us secondary simply means second objective. First objective is 2on1...next objective is reverse...last objetive is run the offense. Our offense starts when the ball is reversed or when the reverse is denied. Sounds like alot,but is it really? Note: If you are more traditional with non-speed dribblers you can simply designate them as a post sprinters and they sprint the middle third to the rim and bounder-outlet-trail. If they are not a post then tell them to bound-outlet-trail and sprint sideline and spotup. Keep it simple means keep it real, and keeping it real means keeping your players in positions to succeed.
THIS IS NOT what D'Antoni runs, not even close.... His fast break off of made baskets DOES NOT have the trailer post going to the block. His trailer post always sets a pick for the wing after the point gets his the ball....
What is described up here is basically the North Carolina break which is completely differnt than the D'Antoni break.
I ve run both fast breaks and have had MUCH MORE success with the D'Antoni break.
Kort K, do you have anything on the actual Suns 7 seconds or less offense and the break they used to run in the Steve Nash era? I'm trying to find it online and can't find it anywhere. I want to study the system and see if I believe in it working at the HS/College level. Please let me know if you do so I can get my email to you! Thanks