The fast break is one of the best play options to create a dynamic offense. The fast break allows players to quickly move down the court, ideally creating mismatches and scoring opportunities.
The fast break arises from a number of scenarios. A team can employ a fast break after they steal the ball, secure a rebound, or block a shot. There are many, many advantages to running a fast break.
The fast break allows the team to control the tempo of the game and create more scoring opportunities, keeping the other team on their heels and playing defensively. The fast break option simplifies things for the offensive team. Rather than have to worry about the evolving and varied defenses they might face, they are able to quickly beat the full or half court pressure in an instant.
The fast break offense is particularly effective against zone defenses. As long as the players are able to get the ball up the court quickly, the defensive team will not be able to set up the zone in time.
The effective use of the fast break will force the defensive team to worry too much about the pace and try to employ ways to slow the game down. This could interrupt their normal rhythm as a team and take them out of sync with each other.
Fast breaks open up shooting opportunities for not only the best shooters on the team, but for all players. With the increase in shooting skill that players have today, this opens up more and more scoring opportunities using the fast break. Even a mediocre shooter on the team will have an opportunity to score if they capitalize and hustle during the fast break.
Marcus Liberty was a small forward in college for the University of Illinois. In 1989, the "Flyin' Illini" made it to the NCAA Final Four. He was selected as the 42nd overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft. He would go on to play four seasons in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons.
In this drill, Marcus Liberty has the players perform a series of fast breaks where first each player must finish with a lay up. Once a series of lay ups was completed, Marcus Liberty instructs them to perform mid-range jump shots. Lastly, he guides the players to perform the fast break series, finishing with three-point shots. This series of lay up, to mid-range, to long-range shots give each player a number of opportunities to work shots they may not normally see in a live game scenario, but using the fast break could open these opportunities up.
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