Flip Saunders Minnesota Timberwolves Offense

Flip Saunders Minnesota Timberwolves Offense

Here are three plays from former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. Before taking over in Minnesota, Saunders was the head coach for the Washington Wizards (2009-2012), Detroit Pistons (2005-2008), and Minnesota Timberwolves (1995-2005). In 17 seasons as an NBA head coach, Saunders has won 649 games and made 11 Playoff Appearances. During his time in Detroit, the Pistons made it to the conference finals three straight years.

Flip Saunders Minnesota Timberwolves Offense – Horns Hand-Off Flex Action
1 passes to 5 at the high post then cuts around him for a hand-off. If the hand-off isn’t there, 1 screens for 3 in the corner. 3 curls the screen and moves across the lane. 3 sets a flex screen for 2 as 5 is giving 1 the ball on a dribble hand-off. After 3 screens for 2, 4 screens down for 3. If 3 isn’t open, 1 looks to pass to 2 cutting off of a screen from 5.

Flip Saunders Minnesota Timberwolves Offense – Pinch Post Wing Double
2 cuts off of a screen from 3 at the high post. 1 passes to 3 then cuts around him to the corner looking for a possible hand-off. If the hand-off isn’t there, 3 faces up and looks to shoot or pass to 2 cutting off of a double screen from 4 and 5. If 2 isn’t open, 3 looks for 5 diving to the basket.

Flip Saunders Minnesota Timberwolves Offense – Wing Ball-Screen Post Cross
1 dribbles up the right side of the floor as 2 cuts off of a screen from 3. If 2 isn’t open, 4 steps out to set a ball-screen for 1. 1 drives middle as 4 pops to the wing. 1 passes to 4 as 2 screens across for 5. 4 looks to shoot or pass to 5 inside.

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