Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets Post Play

Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets Post Play by Wes Kosel

Here is a post play with several options from former NBA Coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Coach Tomjanovich led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back NBA Championship titles in 1993-1994 and 1994-1995. Solid post play helped the Rockets accomplish this run, and as a post himself in his playing days Tomjanovich understood how to get his post players the ball. If your post is a threat to score, he undoubtedly will see double teams. Frames 3 – 6 diagram several options for passing out of double teams.

Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets Post Play – Wing Post Entry

The play starts with the 3 running off of 5 (Hakeem Olajuwon) to the wing. 1 passes to 3 who passes to 5 in the post. If the defender is playing behind the post, your post should be able to make a move and score.

Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets Post Play – Hi/Lo Post Entry

If x5 defends the post by fronting him and the pass from 3 is denied, 3 passes back to 1. On the pass, 5 should seal his defender and hold him outside of the lane. 1 then passes to 5 for an easy lay-up or dunk.

Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets Post Play – X3Double Team

If x3 doubles the post, 3 moves to the corner looking for a pass from 5 for a shot. If x3 quickly recovers on the shot, 3 looks back to 5 for a second post entry.

Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets Post Play – X1 Double Team

4 cuts to the basket. This makes x4 stay in and guard the cut. If x1 doubles the post, 5 passes to 1. Once 1 has the ball, 2 will rotate over leaving 2 open on the wing for a shot.

Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets Post Play – X4 Double Team

If the double team comes from x4, x2 must help down to cover the cut from 4. When this happens, 2 moves toward the top of the key for a shot.

Rudy Tomjanovich Houston Rockets Post Play – X2 Double Team

Last, if x2 doubles the post, 1 moves down the wing and 2 moves to the top of the key. This forces x1 to make a decision on who to guard. 5 passes to the open man for a shot.

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