Terry Stotts Portland Trail Blazers Horns Playbook by Wes Kosel
Terry Stotts has been the head coach of the Trail Blazers since 2012. He won an NBA Championship as an assistant for the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. He had a ten year playing career overseas and in the CBA. In 1990, he got his coaching start in the CBA as an assistant for the Albany Patroons. He then made to the jump to the NBA as an assistant in 1992 and got his first head coaching job with the Atlanta Hawks in 2002. Attached in this playbook are 6 plays used by Stotts out of the Horns formation.
Terry Stotts Horns Playbook: Trail Blazer Horns Wheel
In the first option, 4 sets a down screen for 2 who cuts up toward 1. 1 passes to 2 who passes back to 1 then cuts off of a back-screen from 5. After screening for 2, 4 steps across to screen for 3. 1 looks for 2 on the flare or to 3 in the corner. In the second option, 1 can’t get the ball to 2 on the cut so continues dribbling toward the wing. Instead of setting a back-screen, 5 dives to the basket. 1 looks for 4 posting up.
Terry Stotts Horns Playbook: Trail Blazer Horns Fake Wheel
In this play, 2 fakes the flare cut and steps back toward the ball after running past 5. If open, 2 takes the shot. If not, 2 looks to drive.
Terry Stotts Horns Playbook: Trail Blazer Horns Stagger
1 dribbles toward the wing and passes to 2 cutting up off of a down screen from 4. 1 and 5 then set a staggered screen for 3.
Terry Stotts Horns Playbook: Trail Blazer Horns Fake Stagger
If the defender gets caught below 5 on the stagger, 1 can fake the screen and pop back towards the ball. If this happens, 3 cuts across the baseline.
Terry Stotts Horns Playbook: Trail Blazer Horns Ball-Screen
In this play, 2 receives the ball off of a down screen and then drives off of a ball-screen from 5. 2 and 5 have pick and roll action, and if neither can get a shot then 1 gets the ball from 2 on a dribble hand-off.
Terry Stotts Horns Playbook: Trail Blazer Horns Shuffle
1 drives toward 2 and gives the ball to 2 on a dribble hand-off. 2 then passes to 5 and makes a shuffle cut off of 4 to the basket.