In the video clip below from Don Kelbick's Motion Offense, this drill improves passing and increases ball reversals.
And ball reversals are one of the most important ingredients of a great offense.
"There is a direct correlation between the number of ball reversals and defensive breakdowns."
- Kevin Eastman, assistant coach for the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics
According to Brad Stevens (current Boston Celtics head coach), he recorded these stats on ball reversals while at Butler.
- Zero reversals = .63 ppp
- One reversal = .83 ppp
- Two reversals = 1.1 ppp
Think about that for a second... if you have a 60 possession game. This is the difference between scoring 38 points with zero ball reversals and 66 points with two ball reversals.
Of course, this is an extreme, but think what 5 or 10 points per game could do for your season.
Additionally, your defense gets better. More made shots means fewer fast breaks. And more possessions where your defense gets more time to get set.
Here is how the drill works:
You play 4v4.
However, you can only shoot a jump shot after 3 ball reversals.
You still allow lay ups. This encourages the offense to still be aggressive and look for easy baskets.
This might be the most impressive thing about the drill...
I'm sure you'd agree that the ball movement was good in the drill above.
Well, this is the first time Don has worked with these players. And all of the players are from different schools and haven't played together.
So Don made this progress in one weekend with a bunch of players unfamiliar with each other. And they're tired from being in a video shoot for 8 hours a day.
Now what do you think you could do employing Don Kelbick's Motion Offense strategies and drills over an entire season or over a few years?
What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...