7 Components to Motion Offense by Bob Starkey
The following are key components to executing good motion offense as seen by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. However, I think if you look at the list closely enough, no matter whether you run motion, continuity, pattern or quick hitters — these are all elements that will help your offense to be effective.
PASSING: Good passing helps avoid turnovers and puts your team in the best possible scoring positions. Most of our passing drills establish the mindset of passing away from the defense instead of passing to the offense. Moreover, the passer must not only get the ball to the recipient but also put the recipient in the best possible position to shoot the ball and score.
MOVEMENT: The key to successful movement is to move in concept with the rest of your teammates to insure the key concept of our offense, floor balance. Proper spacing is essential for a good offense. An offensive player standing still allows his defender to play off his man to give help to his teammates.
SCREENING: Each player must help his teammates get a better shot opportunity. The screen is the most effective way of establishing better shot opportunities. However, the passer must look for both the person being screened and the screener as potential scoring threats. In the execution of the screen two players will work together to produce a scoring opportunity.
SHOT DISCIPLINE: Despite its reputation, motion offense is not an equal shot opportunity offense. You, as a coach, must establish what type of shot each player is expected to take.
CONCENTRATION: In pattern offenses, the system does all of the thinking. In motion offense, you are only as good as you concentration. You must think before you move.
ROLE IDENTIFICATION: Each player must understand the role designated for him on the team. Shot discipline and role identification go together. Each player must be told to play within his capabilities.
COMMUNICATION: Communication is key to motion offense. In order to establish proper floor balance and establish the best shot opportunities, players must be in constant communication. For example, demand that the screener call out the name of the player he is screening. This keeps both players alert, encourages good screens, and helps keep the floor balanced.