Thursday, April 16, 2009

FCB: On Their Way To Berlin (II - Offensive Rebound Against Ball Screen Defense)

It may appear to be a secondary weapon, and when coaching young players, not many people focus on offensive rebound, but it’s one of the keys to achieve a successful offense.

Barcelona has one player really important if we talk about offensive rebound. Ersan Ilyasova, who plays beyond the arc most of the time, goes for, and grabs, very important rebounds, giving his team points and second options to score.

As we can see in the video, and in the following diagrams, Barcelona runs a hand off situation followed by a pick and roll:

As defense’s reaction is to flash and rotate from help side, one defender ends up with two offensive players on weak side. Then, Ilyasova goes hard for the rebound and scores.

A good way to punish defensive rotations…

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