When It Comes to SLOBS, Pack a 45

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       I like Out of Bounds Plays (OB’s) that score inside. Immediately!!  No messing around!  Get it to the Big and let him score under the basket with an easy shot.  When it comes to Sideline Out of Bounds Plays (SLOBs) around mid court, I still have the same philosophy.  Give me the quick, easy score whenever we can get it.

       I also like Out of Bounds Plays that can be used at the end of a game, a half, or a quarter.  One of the best ways to do that is the long pass to an isolated Big under the basket, often called the Home Run Play.  With all of this in mind, I came up with a SLOB that would work in short time situations as well as mid game situations.  I call it “45” because the (4) man looks to throw it to the (5) man deep, under the basket.

       In my fast break attack and offense, the (4) is always responsible for taking the ball out of bounds in the backcourt, including both sidelines, even into the front court.  The (4) is usually taller, one of our better players, and he is groomed to be one of our better passers too, especially a long passer.  “45” can be run anywhere from mid court to the offensive baseline at anytime during a game, but should only be run from the backcourt when time is very short. (1 or 2 seconds)

       The setup for the play is to place (5) at the strong side low block, and the other three players set up near to where the ball is out of bounds.  (Diagram #1)  The (2) and (3) form a double screen for the point guard (1) to rub his defender off.  Obviously, I like the first option, a quick score opportunity from (4) to (5).  We like to throw this early to get the defense to back off of our perimeter players.  With the fear of this quick hitter planted in the opponent’s mind, we have less trouble dealing with pressure on our future OB plays.  Our early rule is, “If the defense plays behind or baseline side of the (5), throw it the first time and let the (5) go get it.”  When the defense fronts the (5), throw over the top if he is a “real Go-Getter.”  If the defense sags or doubles (5), then we just go to the other action involving the (4) man cutting low post.  Remember, (4) is usually our better post player anyway, so he is a great option to advance to.

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       If there is no pass opportunity to (5) or (1), then the (3) moves out toward the middle of the court and (2) heads to the near corner creating other pass options.  If the pass goes to (1) or (3), that pass receiver takes the ball to the far side wing with a hard dribble.  (Diagram #2)  The low post man (5) attempts to screen the defender of (4) wherever he might be stationed.  The (4) cuts from out of bounds, under the basket and under (5), to the opposite low block, looking for a feed from the (1).

       If (1) is not able to pass to (4) under the basket, the (5) sprints to the high post, top of key area, looking for a pass from (1).  He (5) can then look to pass “high/low” to the (4), who attempts to seal his defender on his backside.  (Diagram #3)  The (2) and (3) shape up on the weak side and prepare for the Reverse Play and feed for the (4).  (Diagram #4)  This Play gives one look deep for the (5), and then three looks inside for the (4) man.  If the Reversing Action does not yield a shot inside, an inside/outside opportunity might become available for (1) (2) or (3).  Otherwise, we move into our Double Post Offense without missing a beat.

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       When (5) does catch the long toss from out of bounds, he only looks for a great opportunity to score going to the basket.  An exception is when we run this with only a second or two left on the clock.  Otherwise, if (5) doesn’t have an easy shot, he looks for (4) cutting hard to the basket from out of bounds.  He (5) can also look for the three perimeter players relocating for outside shots or maybe cutting to the basket.  The more a defense pressures you, the easier it is to score when (5) catches a long pass.

       You need to be willing to gamble early in the game for this play to be effective.  Any pass thrown toward the (5) must be pursued like it is a rebound up for grabs.  Go Get It.  This is a great option for making your young or inexperienced (5)’s tougher and more aggressive.  Develop your Bigs with plays like this to make them more confident and more productive.  Don’t keep your “45” in the holster. Take it out and use it early in the game.  At least try it in Summer League and see what happens.  You may be surprised what your Bigs can do with it against their unsuspecting defenders.

Key Teaching Points:

  1. The (4) must learn to throw a 2-handed, overhead pass from mid court to the (5) under the basket.  Practice this until perfected.
  2. The (5) should act as though nothing is coming his way, until the pass is on its way.  Don’t tip off the defender.
  3. No matter where a pass to (5) goes, he must GO GET IT.
  4. The (2) and (3) must make sure the ball comes in safely.  They are the third pass options and must help out the (4) if needed.
  5. After his pass in, the (4) should take note of where his defender is stationed so he can set up his cut to the opposite block.
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