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The Triangle Offense
Contents I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII. XIV. Introduction Basic Alignments Post Options Weak-side Options Corner Option Penetration from the Wing Guard Dribble Series Solo Cut Light Pressure Heavy Pressure Initiating The Offense Semi-Fast Breaks Special Situations Conclusion Key To Diagrams 2 3 5 18 39 41 44 49 54 57 63 65 66 67

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I. Introduction

The Triangle Offense, also known as the “Triple-Post Offense,” is a system that is largely based on good floor spacing and ball movement. It was invented and gradually developed by Tex Winter, a former college and NBA coach, and most recently, the assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. What distinguishes the Triangle from other offenses is the lack of many set-plays. Instead of executing specific plays on each possession, the players are required to read the opposing defense and react to it appropriately. How they react is determined by a series of options, which are all within the structure of the offense. The purpose is to catch the defense off balance and find open spaces on the court through extensive movement of players and the ball. In the Triangle, all five players are crucial to the overall success of the system, either through scoring, passing, screening, rebounding, or initiating of the offense. For the offense to work perfectly, each player has to execute the offense instinctively rather than “think” before passing or cutting. The Triangle is not “better” than other offenses, but it is just another way to get open shots. The biggest misconception about the Triangle is that it’s “difficult to learn.” Other offenses are just as complicated, but the Triangle is radically different because it uses different patterns of movement and is entirely based on defensive recognition.

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II. Basic Alignments
Diagram 1

These are the basic working positions in the offense. The guards are about fifteen to eighteen feet apart and approximately six feet beyond the mid-court line. They always stay on the same lateral plane. The wings are located about two feet above the freethrow line extended. It’s an imaginary line that extends the freethrow line to both sidelines. The center is located in the low post. A “line of deployment” is always to be maintained between the wings, in this case O3, and the center. It’s also an imaginary line, which forms a 45-degree angle with the baseline. This line ensures safe post passes and punishes the defense for wrong positioning on post defense (this will all be explained later).

and at the top of the key. With this alignment. which makes double teams more difficult. in the low post. . in the corner.4 Diagram 2 This is the desired alignment on each possession. on the weak-side post. This particular spacing extends the defense. But it also provides an overload on one side of the court and an easy way to swing the ball to the weak-side. All of these basic positions are interchangeable between the players. there’s a player on the strong side wing. To assign the low post-position exclusively for the “center” or the corner position for the “point guard” would be incorrect. The distance between players of fifteen to eighteen feet stays the same as in diagram 1.

In this case. and the post man form a triangle on the sideline. III. . the corner man.5 Diagram 3 The reason why the offense is called the “Triangle” is simply because the strong-side wing. O1 has the ball and passes it to O3 if he’s open. Post Options Diagram 4 This is the basic entry pass of the offense.

. O1 cuts to the corner if there’s no pressure on him by his defender. Diagram 6 Once the triangle is formed. which means that O2 and O4 only move after the pass. approximately three feet beyond the NBA three-point line. The reason O1 passes it to the wing instead of dribbling himself to the wing is because O3 has a “triple-threat” position every time he gets the ball on the wing. It is important to know that O1’s pass to O3 initiates all of this movement. In this case. O4 moves somewhere between his original position and the basket. O5 is the closest player to the basket.6 Diagram 5 After the pass. the first option in the offense is a post-entry pass to O5 because it will bring the deepest penetration to the basket. O2 moves to the top of the key.

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Diagram 7

One of the options after the first post pass is for O3 and O1 to cut immediately after the pass. O1 clears the side and goes to the weak-side. O3 sets a screen for O2. If O2 is open for the shot, O5 can pass it to him. If O2 gets the ball but isn’t open for a shot, he can swing the ball to the opposite side for another triangle to form. Diagram 8

If D2 tries to go over O3’s screen, then O2 reads the defense and cuts towards O5 for a handoff and possible penetration or a midrange jumper.

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Diagram 9

If D2 anticipates O2’s movement or if D2 simply loses sight of O2, O2 can cut fast to the basket and receive a pass from O5. Diagram 10

If D3 and D2 switch on O3’s screen, then O3 reads the defense and cuts fast to the basket. This cut is available because D2 will often be caught on the wrong side and there would be some open space under the basket.

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Diagram 11

Another option for O3 is to set a screen for O4 on the weak-side post. In this instance, D4 gets stuck on O3’s screen and O4 is open for a jumper. Diagram 12

If D4 tries to go over the screen, O4 reads the defense and cuts under the basket for a precise pass from O5.

Diagram 15 Similar as in diagram 14. O3 quickly turns around and receives a pass by O5. This is one of the trademark options of the triangle. O3 reads the defense and cuts fast to the basket for a pass by O5. Diagram 14 If D3 is late on any of these cuts. . D1 is late on the cut and O1 gets a pass from O5 on the baseline.10 Diagram 13 If D3 and D4 switch on the screen.

D1 tries to go over the screen. so O1 tries to penetrate on the pass. In this case. . Diagram 17 D1 goes under the screen set by O5. so O1 shoots a midrange jumper.11 Diagram 16 Another thing O1 can do is change direction on the baseline cut and get a pass from O5.

O1 realizes that so he doesn’t cut all the way to the weak-side. D1 goes under the screen. which means that he will be late if O1 tries to penetrate to the basket on O5’s pass. Diagram 19 In this case. . and tries to open himself on the screen. so O1 reads the defense and goes back to the sideline for a long two or a three. D1 goes over the screen.12 Diagram 18 Besides screening for O2 and O4. This particular movement is called the “triangle split. O2 and O4 clear the area.” O3 sets a screen for O1. O3’s third screening option is for O1 in the corner.

O3 reads the defense and catches O1 on the wrong side and changes direction for a hand-off by O5.13 Diagram 20 If D3 and D1 switch on O3’s screen. Diagram 21 If D1 anticipates the movement shown in diagram 20. . O3 can go back to the sideline and set up for a long two or a three.

Diagram 23 This is very similar to diagram 22. D3 is on the other side. and then cuts and receives a pass from O5. This cut is almost the same as the one in the previous diagram except that there’s no switch this time. O3 first screens for O1. O3 reads the defense and cuts to the basket expecting a handoff from O5.14 Diagram 22 If D3 loses sight of O3 or if he simply gets stuck behind O5. so the area around the baseline would be open. . In this case.

O1 can counter with a change of direction and a baseline cut. Diagram 25 If D5 covers O5 above the post. .15 Diagram 24 If D1 anticipates O1’s movement on the triangle split. O3 passes the ball to O1 and he passes it under the basket to O5.

16 Diagram 26 If O5 is deep in the post. O4 immediately flashes to the elbow expecting a pass from O3. Diagram 27 If O5 is fronted by D5. O4 looks for O5 who is now directly under the basket. . After he receives the pass. he either receives the ball from O3 or from O2 from the top of the key. This movement clears the area under the basket because D4 automatically follows O4 to the elbow.

who took D4 with him. the angles in the offense can quickly take advantage of that and provide easy scoring opportunities. O4 is now in the low post. the weak-side was already cleared by O4. Diagram 29 If the previous two options aren’t available. It essentially forces the post defender to defend behind O5.17 Diagram 28 If a pass to O4 is not possible. O5 continues to the weakside and moves to O4’s original position. . Again. And if he tries to do something else. The last four options are all based on the “line of deployment” in Tex Winter’s terminology. then the next option is a lob pass to O5.

This automatically keys the weak-side options between O2 and O4 (also called the two-man game). One of the ways to prevent the post pass is by sagging off into the post area. .18 Diagram 30 This is the result of diagram 29. All options discussed previously are available again. O3 passes to O2 and that creates a high number of options that I will now discuss. Weak-Side Options Diagram 31 Naturally. All screens until now have been initiated by O3. IV. if the offense has much success with the post pass. the defense will adjust to it.

If D2 tries to go over the screen.19 Diagram 32 As soon as O2 gets the ball. and then cuts off O4 to the basket. O2 reads the defense and gets a handoff from O4 and penetrates to the basket for a lay-up. O2 reads the defense and gets a hand-off by O4 for a mid-range jumper. he looks for O4 who freed himself on the pinch post. O2 passes the ball to O4. O3 and O1 execute the triangle split on the weak-side. D2 goes under O4’s screen. Diagram 33 In this case. Meanwhile. .

20 Diagram 34 If D2 and D4 switch on the hand-off. . O4 cuts fast to the basket expecting a pass to use his size advantage over D2. Diagram 35 If O2 gets double teamed after the hand-off. O4 cuts to the basket for a pass by O2.

Diagram 37 If D1 recovers late on the handoff. O2 has the option of passing to O5 in the post. if O4 is double teamed on the pinch post. . and if that’s not available.21 Diagram 36 On the other hand. O2 continues cutting to the basket expecting a pass. he swings the ball to the weakside to set up another triangle. O4 cuts to the post or changes positions with O5.

penetrate to the basket. O2 dribbles to the opposite side and executes a classic pick and roll with O4. pass to either O1 or O3. pass to O4 on the “roll. for penetration to the basket and a possible lay-up.22 Diagram 38 If D2 anticipates O2’s movement on the cut. . O2 can change direction suddenly and receive a pass on the free throw line for a jumper. or if there’s enough room under the basket.” or if the defense collapses. Diagram 39 If D2 recovers early on the hand-off. He can either shoot a mid range jumper.

O4 can pass it to him in the post. Diagram 41 If O2 isn’t open on the initial cut.23 Diagram 40 Of course. and penetrate to the basket. This is effective if O2 has a size advantage over D2. This is especially effective if D4 expects the hand-off. . O4 can fake the handoff to O2.

24 Diagram 42 If a hand-off to O2 is not possible. Diagram 43 In this instance. O4 dribbles to the opposite elbow and hands the ball off to O1 who is coming from the corner on O3’s screen. If D1 attempts to go over O4’s screen. D1 penetrates to the basket. or if O4 decides not to pass at all. and O1 quickly realizes that and shoots a midrange jumper. . then O2 moves to the corner. Meanwhile. He also can pass to O2 in the corner if O2’s defender collapses. D1 goes under the screen.

In this particular option. Instead.25 Diagram 44 If there’s a switch by D4 and D1 on O4’s hand-off. . he can simply pass from his pinch postposition. O1 can pass it to him if he’s open or he can take advantage of his speed advantage over the bigger D4. Diagram 45 O4 doesn’t have to dribble to the opposite elbow. then O4 cuts to the basket to take advantage of his size over D1. he passes it to O1 coming from the corner off O3’s screen.

the movement in the last two diagrams is the same as in the triangle split options from the post in diagrams 18 through 24. . O4 passes it to the cutting O3. If you haven’t already noticed. Diagram 47 D3 and D1 switch. The only difference is that it’s O4 passing from the high post instead of O5 from the low post.26 Diagram 46 O1 shoots a mid range jumper after D1 goes under O3’s screen.

. but this time O3 shoots a long two or a three from the sideline. Diagram 49 O4 passes it to the cutting O3 (go back to the post options to see why this and the following cuts are done).27 Diagram 48 This is another switch. Diagram 50 O4 passes it to the cutting O3.

This pass is dangerous due to somewhat bad spacing. . Diagram 52 If nobody is open on the split. O4 can look for O5 under the basket. but strong post players like Shaq can easily establish position right underneath the basket against weaker players.28 Diagram 51 O4 passes it under the basket to the cutting O1 after D1 put pressure on the triangle split.

In this case. The only difference is that O2 is dribbling to the opposite elbow and passing to O1 instead of O4. If O4’s man collapses. he stays near the basket for a possible rebound. this movement is almost exactly the same as in Diagram 42. D1 goes over the screen.29 Diagram 53 Let’s go way back to the #3 pass by O2. Diagram 54 If O4 is not open on the backdoor cut. he can cut backdoor and receive a pass by O2. so O1 penetrates to the basket for a lay up. O1 can pass it to O4 for a mid range jumper. Meanwhile. Again. O2 dribbles to the opposite side and hands the ball off to O1 who’s coming from the corner off of O3’s screen. If O4 is not open on the pinch post and he’s heavily guarded by D4. .

Diagram 56 D1 and D2 switch on the hand-off. . O1 can either pass it to the cutting O2 or he can dribble the ball to the wing and pass it to O4 in the post.30 Diagram 55 O2 passes the ball to O1 for a mid range jumper.

you can go back and review diagrams 45 through 51. For more detailed explanations of the following options. Diagram 58 O1 gets the ball from O2 for a mid range jumper. the movement is the same as in diagram 45 except that O2 is passing from the top of the key instead of O4 from the high post.31 Diagram 57 If O2 cannot dribble to the elbow due to D2’s pressure on the ball. then he simply stays at his position and looks for O1 coming off of O3’s screen on the triangle split. . And again.

32 Diagram 59 D3 and D1 switch so O2 passes it to the cutting O3 under the basket. but this time O3 gets the ball for a midrange jumper. Diagram 61 O3 cuts and receives a ball under the basket. Diagram 60 Another switch. .

33 Diagram 62 O2 passes it to the cutting O3. . Diagram 63 O2 passes it to O1 cutting on the baseline due to pressure by D1.

in that case. If O2’s open. Diagram 65 As soon as O4 gets the ball. he looks for the cutting O2. This is the basic backdoor cut of the triangle and is executed numerous times throughout a game. This cut is made possible due to D2’s heavy pressure. he gets a bounce pass from O4 and looks to score under the basket.34 Diagram 64 Let’s go way back to the #2 pass from O3 to O2. . O2 has to be ready to pass to O5. If O5’s man collapses under the basket. O4 automatically flashes to the strong side elbow for a pass by O3. What if D2 puts heavy pressure on O2? Well.

he continues to the opposite corner. D1 goes over the screen. O4 looks for O1 coming from the corner off of O3’s screen. At the same time. O1 shoots a mid range jumper. . Diagram 67 D1 goes under O4’s screen. O1 reads the defense and penetrates to the basket or passes it to O2 in the corner if D2 collapses on the penetration.35 Diagram 66 If O2 is not open on the cut.

O3 can surprise his defender and actually receive a hand off on the elbow from O4. O1 can set up another triangle with O2 and O4. In this case.36 Diagram 68 D4 and D1 switch on the screen. O4 cuts to the basket to take advantage of his size. Diagram 69 Instead of screening for O1 in the corner. If nobody’s open. D3 goes over the screen and O3 penetrates. .

O3 can also can advantage of his speed over O4. .37 Diagram 70 D3 goes under the screen. Diagram 71 D4 and D3 switch on O4’s screen. O4 goes to the post or cuts under the basket. so O3 shoots a mid range jump shot.

O2 would clear the side and go to the corner. O4 can simply set a screen on the perimeter for O3 and they can execute the pick and roll. he can cut backdoor and receive a lob pass from O3 from the wing. .38 Diagram 72 If O4 is guarded tightly on the weakside flash from diagram 64. Diagram 73 Instead of cutting backdoor.

Corner Option Diagram 74 Until now. Diagram 75 As soon as he passes the ball to the corner. O3 cuts fast on the baseline. he can get a lay up. This pass is useful when there’s pressure on O3 on the wing and a post pass to O5 is not possible. O3 has had the option to pass to everybody except O1 in the corner.39 V. If he’s open. . O5 and O4 go for the rebound.

O1 goes to the top of the key and O5 now is on the weak-side post. pass to O5 on the “roll. O1 can shoot a midrange jumper. penetrate to the basket. Meanwhile. .” or pass to O2 if D2 has collapsed. he continues to the weak-side.40 Diagram 76 If O3 is not open. he goes to the wing and sets a triangle with O3 and O4. Diagram 77 If O2 gets the ball from O1 but is not open to shoot. O5 and O1 execute a corner pick and roll.

. O3 slides to the post. O4 also clears the area under the basket. and O5 is on the weak-side post. If O2’s defender helps out on the penetration. O1 goes to the top of the key. O3 has the option of passing to O2 who has cleared the area and is somewhere around the weak-side wing. O4 moves to the corner. he sets up on the strong-side wing. which was the weak-side a couple of seconds ago. Diagram 79 If O2 gets the ball on the wing but can’t get a good shot. Penetration From The Wing Diagram 78 Having the option to pass to any of his four teammates. He can do that if the defense is sagging off to the paint.41 VI. O3 can also penetrate to the basket.

and then unexpectedly sets a screen for O3 who then quickly penetrates to the basket.42 Diagram 80 A similar option to the one in diagram 78 can be executed even before the triangle is established. then triangle can be established on the other side if there are no openings for O2 after the pass. Diagram 81 Just as in diagram 79. O1 passes to the wing. .

Diagram 83 This would be the new alignment with all options open. O1 would take over O3’s original position while O2. . O4 and O5 go back to their basic positions.43 Diagram 82 If D3 puts heavy pressure on O3 where it is impossible for O3 neither to pass the ball to his teammates nor to penetrate to the basket. then he can relieve the pressure by dribbling back to O1’s original position in the basic alignment.

(O3 always leaves enough space between him and the sideline for a player to cut through comfortably without being forced out of bounds) O1 gets the ball back on a hand-off and tries to penetrate to the basket. then O1 cuts to the outside of O3 and expects a return pass. . O5 goes to the high post to clear the area under the basket. Guard Dribble Series Diagram 84 If D1 is trailing from the inside before the initial entry pass. Diagram 85 If O1 can’t penetrate to the basket. Meanwhile.44 VII. he dribbles back to the corner.

When he arrives in the post. O4 moves into the strong-side post and 05 moves to the strong-side wing. right after the pass. he continues to the weak-side wing. The name “triplepost offense” derives from this exchange of the post men. Then. who passes it to O3 on the weak-side wing. O5 moves to the empty post on the weak side with a screen by O4. This cut is identical to the cut discusses previously in the corner option. O5 looks for the pass by O3 from the wing. O5 looks for O2 at the top. . Diagram 87 If O4 is not open in the post. If O3 is not open. Meanwhile. At the same time. O3 cuts baseline and expects a pass from O1 if he’s open.45 Diagram 86 As soon as O1 is in the corner. O1 looks for O5 on the wing.

46 Diagram 88 If O5 is not open in the post. O2 (and possibly O4) can set a screen for O1 coming from the corner. If he’s open. Diagram 89 Instead of screening for O4 in the post. O3 looks for O4 coming off the screen set by O2. . O3 passes it to him for a long two or a three.

then O2 dribbles to the opposite side for a hand-off to O1. he also can cut backdoor for a pass by O2. O5 would clear the post. (The execution is similar as discussed in the weak-side options.47 Diagram 90 If O3 is not open on the #5 pass in diagram 87. .) Diagram 91 If O3 is defended tightly.

This is effective if D3 is expecting the pass and preparing to switch. he simply continues to the corner and all previously discussed options are possible.48 Diagram 92 If O1 is not open on the initial outside cut as discussed in diagram 84. O2 and O4 would clear the area and move to the weak-side. Diagram 93 O3 can also fake a pass to O1. and penetrate to the basket right after the fake. .

49 Diagram 94 If O3 is not open on the pass as discussed in diagram 84. the execution is the same as in diagrams 84 through 90. VIII. then O1 continues dribbling towards O3 who sets a screen. After the screen. . Solo Cut Diagram 95 O1 also has an option of cutting to the weak-side on the “solo cut.” This cut is done mostly early in the game to test the defense to see if and how they are going to defend O5 in the post.

and O1 moves to the top of the key. O1 moves to the top while O4 moves to the post.50 Diagram 96 O3 then passes it to the post and cuts on the baseline. which will create an open shot because of the good spacing. which creates a triangle. he moves to the strong side wing. O4 moves to the weak-side post. Diagram 97 O3 also can cut to the corner. O2 moves to the strong side wing. . As soon as O2 sees that. Meanwhile. This entire movement basically invites the defense to double team the post man.

O3 swings the ball to O2 who passes it to O4 on the weak-side wing. Then. O5 moves to the other post and O3 moves to the weak-side post.51 Diagram 98 O5 can pass to the wing and then the triangle can start all over again with the normal alignment. . Diagram 99 If O5 is not open.

O3 would look for O2 on the wing to start the triangle all over again. Diagram 101 Another option for O3 if a post pass is not possible is for him to dribble to the corner. .52 Diagram 100 In this instance. The movement would be identical to diagram 97. O3 moves to the strong-side post and O5 stays on the weak-side post.

then O1 reads the defense and cuts FAST to the basket for a return pass by O3. and then sets a screen for O1. Diagram 103 If O1 is not open on the “basket cut.53 Diagram 102 If D1 is trailing to the outside.” then O3 passes to O2. This pass basically starts the numerous weak-side options. .

O5 and O3 move to the strong-side post and weak-side post respectively. Diagram 105 This is the newly formed triangle on the opposite side. O1 moves to the weak-side corner. . Light Pressure Diagram 104 If O3 is not open on the #1 pass in diagram 4.54 IX. who. passes the ball to O4 on the wing. In the interim. O1 passes to O2. then.

.55 Diagram 106 In this diagram. Diagram 107 This is the result of diagram 106. O3 moves to the strong-side post instead of O5 but it’s O5 that signals to O3 to execute this option.

Diagram 109 If O4 is heavily guarded on the #2 pass. At the same time.56 Diagram 108 If O4 is not open on the #2 pass. then O2 looks for O3 who’s flashing to the pinch post and they execute the same action as discussed in diagram 32. he can cut fast to the basket for a backdoor cut by O2. O4 sets a screen for O1 on the triangle split. .

O4 flashes fast towards the top of the key for a pass by O1. If that happens. he penetrates to the basket for a lay-up. If O2 is open. O4 looks for the cutting O2.57 X. Heavy Pressure Diagram 110 Let’s suppose that O3 and O2 are heavily guarded on the #1 pass. This cut is made possible due to the heavy pressure by D2. . Diagram 111 As soon as he gets the ball.

Meanwhile. O4 looks for O2 that just came off the double screen by O3 and O5. This action is the same as the two-man game hand-off discussed in diagram 32. O2 gets a double screen by O3 and O5 on the opposite side. Diagram 113 If O1 isn’t open. O3 has now moved to the corner. . O4 looks for O1 for a hand-off.58 Diagram 112 If O2 is not open.

. he cuts backdoor for a lob pass by O1. O4 and O1 exchange positions. Diagram 115 This is the result of diagram 114. Diagram 116 If O4 is heavily guarded on the flash in diagram 109.59 Diagram 114 If O2 gets the ball but doesn’t shoot. O4 moves to the weak-side post and O1 goes to the top of the key. All options are now open.

O5 moves to the high post for a pass from O1. defenses never put heavy pressure on the post because they want the centers to catch the ball far from the basket and disrupt the offensive flow. . In these situations. If that happens.60 Diagram 117 O4 can also execute a pick and roll with O1 near the three-point line. Diagram 118 Let’s say all perimeter players are heavily guarded.

Diagram 120 If a pass to O3 is not available. Again. O1 sets a screen for O3 who’s moving to the wing. O5’s first option is to pass to the cutting O3. O1 sets a screen for O2 at the top who then cuts off O5 for a hand-off. this movement is identical to the weak-side two-man movement that I explained earlier. O3 continues to the opposite wing. .61 Diagram 119 When he gets the ball on the high post. After the screen for O2.

The triangle is set up on the other side with all options open. If O3 is open. O5’s next option is O3 who came off the double screen from O4 and O1. Diagram 122 If O3 doesn’t shoot.62 Diagram 121 If O2 is not open for the hand-off. he shoots. Diagram 123 This is the result of diagram 122. . O5 and O2 exchange positions.

. Then. Either O3 or O4 pass the ball in bounds to O1 or O2. one of the guards would dribble the ball forward while always staying on the same lateral plane with the guard that doesn’t have the ball. Initiating The Offense Diagram 124 This is how normally the offense would be started.63 XI.

It can be initiated either by the ball handler or by the off-guard. O2 clears the area for O1 who dribbles to the opposite side due to the pressure by D1. As soon as they cross. In this case. They can exchange positions a couple of times before crossing the mid-court line. they execute the option in diagram 118.64 Diagram 125 Whenever a player tries to stop the advancement of the ball BEFORE the guards cross the mid-court line. . then they simply exchange positions.

then everybody fills the closest spot in the triangle at that time. O1 dribbles to the wing. When that happens. . they exchange positions and O2 ends up at the perimeter and O4 slides in the weak-side post. Semi-Fast Breaks Diagram 126 Often.65 XII. O2 changes sides and he ends up in the corner while O4 moves to the strong-side post. O5 fills the post positions. O3 goes to the corner. Those are called “semi-fast” breaks. In this instance. Diagram 127 In this diagram. and because naturally O2 will be ahead of O4. teams would try a fast break that ends up unsuccessful.

. which is occupied by either O2 or O3. This play is very effective because no other offense features a screen similar to this. he would basically “screen for the screener. O1 then goes back to the sideline expecting a pass from O2. XIII. is in the corner and a triangle split is executed. who uses that screen to screen himself for O1. O1 sets a screen for O4. then O1 passes to the wing.” In this instance. with limited range on his jump shot. If that happens.66 Diagram 128 It’s also possible that three players form a triangle without the ball. Special Situations Diagram 129 Whenever a player.

there are some set-plays that can be incorporated into the system. but what I have shown is the basic Triangle Offense that the Los Angeles Lakers have run. . Conclusion The diagrams follow a logical order and they constitute the entire Triangle Offense. Surprisingly. XIV. they would set a screen for that player instead of cutting to the outside for a hand-off.67 Diagram 130 If a “power-forward” or “smallforward” with limited ball handling abilities pass to a smaller player in the pinch post. he would move to the post and set a screen for the smaller player. Diagram 131 If a big player finds himself on the perimeter and the ball goes into the post.

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