David Blatt Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague Offense
Attached in this playbook is a horns set play and baseline out-of-bounds play from Coach David Blatt. These plays were used in the Euroleague Championship game against Real Madrid in 2014. Blatt led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the 2014 Euroleague Championship after beating CSKA Moscow in the Final Four and Real Madrid in the final game. Blatt, who was born in Boston, played college basketball at Princeton from 1977 – 1981. He then went on to play overseas in Israel. Blatt began his coaching career with Hapoel Galil Elyon in 1993 and served as both a head coach and assistant coach for the team. Blatt went on to coach for several different clubs before taking over as head coach for Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2010. He is a 3 time Israeli League Coach of the Year, 5 time Israeli Cup Champion, and 4 time Israeli League Champion.
David Blatt Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague Offense : Horns 1
In this horns set play, 1 dribbles to the left side of the floor to set up his defender for a screen. 5 steps to the top of the key and 4 moves out to the ball-side wing. 1 then dribbles off of a ball-screen from 5 and looks to pass to 3 posting up in the lane. If 3 isn’t open, 1 looks for 5 flaring off of a screen from 4. If 5 isn’t open, 1 passes to 2 then cuts through to the corner. 5 screens across for 3 and 4 sets a ball-screen for 2. 2 and 4 play a pick & roll with 2 looking to make a play.
David Blatt Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague Offense: BLOB Screen the Screener – Post Option
This play was used to get Maccabi’s post man, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a look inside. Schortsanitis, a 6’8”, 330lb center, scored 9 points off of 4/8 shooting in the championship game. To start the play, 5 (Schortsanitis), sets a rear screen for 4. 2 screens across for 3 who cuts to the corner. 5 then screens down for 2 who cuts to the top of the key for a shot. If 2 doesn’t have a shot, he looks inside for 5. 5 has the entire lane to make a move and score.