Simple press breaker that works against man or zone defense.
Man to Man Press Breaker
Initial formation: 3 inbounds. 1 near FT line. 2 and 4 on sideline. 5 deep near the basket.
1 tries to get open. 2 and 4 count to two and if 1 is not open, they break up to the baseline.
If 2 and 4 are denied, they break back looking for the pass over the top.
Our point guard (1) gets very good at getting open and we get 1 the ball 90% of the time.
If 1 gets the ball, everyone clears out and 1 brings the ball up.
If 1 is faced guarded and the sideline player catches the ball, 1 can cut to the basket and receive the ball for a fast break attack.
Press Break Versus ZoneOption 1 - Enter to 1
Initial formation is the same. 1 cuts to get open and 3 passes to 1.
If 1 gets the ball, 3 steps in as a ball reversal option.
1 can now advance the ball with dribble, pass ahead or reverse the ball to 3.
Players should maintain spacing, always have a player behind the ball for reversal option, use pass fakes, and stay out of danger (trapping) areas.
Note A) If we face a 2-2-1 press, we often bring the 5 flashing to the middle after the ball is entered to form a 2-1-2 alignment. The 2-1-2 alignment works better for us against a good 2-2-1 press.
Note B) If you face a team that brings 3 players up in a zone (ex: aggressive diamond press), then we often throw a baseball pass over the defense to the 2 or 4 at mid court. The passer may need to fake because there is often a defender in the middle of the court looking to steal. At that point we usually have a numbers advantage.
Note C) If you face a team that double teams your point guard, then we run a 3 up press breaker to counter that. Or if we face a team with a tall aggressive player on the ball trying to get deflections we sometimes run our 3 up press break.
Keys to Breaking Press
Some of the biggest keys to breaking the press are:
Keep spacing. As the ball is dribbled and players move, keep spacing.
When breaking zone press, make sure you have ball reversal, middle, and sideline options.
Meet your pass.
Avoid trapping areas (corners, sideline, mid court).