Man to Man Basketball Play: Swing Variation
The Swing Variation is a very effective set basketball play to use against a man to man defense. This play gives you lots of options and almost always gets you an easy shot right under the basket. The play actually comes from the Swing offense. When we use Swing as our primary offense, we scored on the first play of almost every game. And many times we scored the second and third times too. The flex cut in this play is extremely effective, especially when the defense doesn't know what's coming.
Player #5 should be your best post player and player #3 should be your best three point shooter.
Player 3 & 5 will start staggered near the block with Player 3 lined up behind Player 5.
As soon as Player 1 crosses half-court, player 5 sets a screen for Player 3. Player 3 cuts to the wing.
Player 1 passes the ball to Player 3.
- Player 5 establishes post position.
If Player 5 is not open, he sets a screen for Player 1. The Screen should be set just above the free throw line. Player 1 should set up his man by faking a cut toward Player 3 on the wing.
Player 3 will look to pass to Player 1 cutting to the hoop.
- Player 5 will look for a pass on the elbow from Player 3.
If neither option is there, Player 5 will pop out and receive a pass from Player 3.
- As the pass is being thrown to Player 5, Player 4 will set a screen for Player 2.
Player 5 passes the ball to Player 2.
As that pass is thrown to Player 2, Player 1 will set a back screen for Player 3 and Player 3 will cut to the block on the left side.
Player 2 will either swing the pass to Player 4 right away and Player 4 will pass to Player 3 coming off the back screen.
- Player 2 could throw the pass to Player 3 coming off the back screen if he cannot get the ball to Player 4.
- This is where you almost always get lay-ups. If none of the previous options were open, Player 3 almost always gets a lay-up as you swing the ball to the other side of the court.
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