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Basketball Transition Drills - Break Advantage

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5 players start and run their primary break. They are attacking 4 players.

The 4 players can play man to man at a disadvantage or show a 2-2 or 1-3 zone if you are preparing for that defense. The rule is for the shooter and the passer to drop out of the drill.

The drill starts 5-4, then 4-3, then 3-2 and finally 2 on 1.

It is a continuous drill and it forces players to communicate to who is still in the drill and who has the ball on defense. It also creates more real live break situations, rather than having players waiting on defense in a tandem.

In the 5-4 and 4-3 situations, the offense is instructed to get a good shot, to find the open man and to get a high percentage shot. Defensively, a defender cannot guard two men in a row. Forcing constant rotations on defense.

In the 3-2 and 2-1 situations, the offense must attack and the defense must work

at taking gambles and hopefully forcing the offense to make more than 2 passes, slowing them down or creating a turnover.


Have 2 teams and run the drill continuously. Once you are done with

begin with a new 9, forcing your players to play with fatigue.

Note: If there is a turnover, players must talk out who is still in and who is

dropping out, so that the drill is allowed to continue. This may seem like a problem

but it does force communication from your players.

Number of Players:



Make it a competitive drill. Have the 2 teams compete for a sprint.

Give each team 1 point for a basket and 2 points for a turnover.


In the 5 on 4 and the 4 on 3 situations, you may want to mandate who is going to score, forcing your players to remain patient, tough with the ball and to get them to get the ball to a player in a scoring situation.


Recognizing open man, defending disadvantage, 3 on 2-2 on 1


This basketball drill is licensed under a Creative Commons License. This drill is from Pål Degerstrøm at www.degerstrom.com/basketball.

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