Here are a couple of basketball offensive plays that we have run that get the ball inbounds AND some easy buckets.

Inbound Play
For an inbound play under your offensive basket, make a 4 player stack on the side the ball is being in bounded.

  • Line up at the elbow extended about 5 to 8 feet off the lane.
  • When inbounder slaps the ball, the first player makes a 45 degree cut towards the basket (this can result in a layup if the defense is slow to set up).
  • The second player in the stack makes a 45 degree cut outside to the 3 point line and the base line.
  • The third player in the stack cuts to the top of the foul line.
  • Final player in stack drops back to half court as the “safety valve” if all others are covered.

Full Court Press
Against a full court press, we set up a stack at the top of the 3 point arc.

  • First player in stack breaks on a left 45 degree line toward corner.
  • Second player breaks 45 degrees right toward right corner.
  • Third breaks straight ahead to foul line.
  • Fourth player does a delayed break toward our basket.
  • If the inbound pass goes to either side, we want the inbound passer to immediately break straight ahead and have the ball come right back to them.

Have you tried this drill in practice? Did it work for you? Please let me know by leaving a comment in the box below. And be sure to check out this article before you leave the site: Basketball Offense – 15 Laws For Success