The Triangle gets its name from the strong side formation and spacing of the players. On the initial cut, the players are separated into a 3 man set on the ball side and a 2-man game on the weakside. On the entry pass to the wing, the guard makes either an inside cut or an outside cut and sets in the corner. The low post then cuts to the ball side creating a triangle with the wing, corner and low post.
On the weakside, the wing rotates up for reversal and the other post player positions himself for an offensive opportunity whether it be a shot drive or screen opportunity. It the ball is reversed, a cutter is sent to the ball side corner and the post follows to the low post recreating the triangle formation on the ball side.
The Triangle Offense is a read and react offense. After passing, the cutters react to the defense and take what is given. To create the triangle, a variety of options can be used. Among them can be:
- Pass and guard outside cut
- Pass and guard inside cut
- Dribble Clear
- Off guard cut through
- Post pop to baseline
- Dribble handoff
If the ball is reversed, there is a variety of 2 man game options. Among them might be:
- Handoff and drive
- Handoff jumpshot
- Handoff and roll
- Pass and go Drive
- Screen and roll
- Slip screen
- Screen and pop
For a more thorough explanation, check out the article How to Run the Triangle Offense.
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