Attacking No Middle Defenseby Scott Peterman
I have covered how to implement "No Middle" Defense in the past so it's only fitting that I show you how to attack "No Middle Defense through video clips and Fast Draw Diagrams which you can download.
The strength of the "No Middle" Defense is its ability to dictate terms, forcing the offense into penetrations that the defense is prepared for in advance.
Knowing how the defense will help and how they will rotate actually provides a clearer understanding of exposing the weaknesses in this defense.
This knowledge allows the offense to occupy space, tweak driving areas, and play the cuts to make early, long closeouts and force the defense to scramble.
The offense needs to encourage more penetration from the slots (drives from the slot down the land line or over the middle.
The defense wants to forces everyone to the baseline so it's aided by the lack of space. If you move the penetration up higher and grab a piece of the paint. Everything gets a lot easier.
Here is an idea on how to attack from the slots with two drives over the top!
If the slot drive works in attacking two people with the ball, then the ball-hander has more options to pivot in space and find the open person.
Another way to attack is to put the ball on one side of the floor, all the defense to load up their baseline help and quickly skip the ball to force a closeout.
It takes a lot of work to make a "No Middle" defense work and punish their coverage.
Teams have to be disciplined in what they do and how they make their cuts & drives.
You want to force "multiple" close-outs for the defense to break!
Here are some more ways that you can attack the "No Middle" defense:
Seal the help,
Attack middle anyways
and Set Plays....
Men's Basketball Coach Scott Peterman has coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. Coach Peterman just felt that fellow coaches, especially young coaches, need to constantly work on their “game,” just like the basketball players that we coach. We as coaches need to improve ourselves.