Purpose: To work on the transition game where the offensive is at a man advantage. The emphasis of this drill is dependent upon your fast break strategies and whether you choose to focus on the offense or defense.
Drill: Form three lines on the baseline as shown. Two players, X1 and X2 line up on either side of the halfcourt line. The first three players in line begin by tossing the ball off the backboard, making the outlet pass and breaking down the court. On the toss, the two defenders will sprint to the center circle and then backpedal to the opposite basket.
The offensive players break down the court and attempt to score. They are allowed only one shot. Whoever attempts the shot will immediately sprint back on defense. The two defenders will rebound the basketball and run a 2-man break. See next diagram.
The two previous defenders are now breaking down the court attempting to score against the previous shooter in a 2-on-1 situation.
The two non-shooters will hustle to either side of the halfcourt line, ready to play defense against the next three offensive players. The next three offensive players should have a basketball ready to go so that once the 2-on-1 situation is over a player tosses it off the backboard to begin the break. The defenders cut to the center then backpedal to play defense and the drill continues. Perform drill for your allotted time.
Coaching Points: The 2 defenders must communicate so that one player stops the ball high and one player drops low to defend the first pass.
If the shot is made, play it like a real game and take the ball out of bounds. If the shot is missed – depending on who rebounds the ball – take off on the break or outlet to the dribbler.