Plays YOU Can Use: Elbow Series

By Doug Brotherton

ElbowSeries

When building your playbook for next season, some things to consider:

  • Do your sets have anything that make them easy to scout?
  • Do they all start from different formations?
  • Is it difficult to flow from the base offense into the sets?
  • Do they all use the same action? Do the sets lack versatility?

These are all challenges that coaches must consider, and do not realize until they face the best teams on their schedule. The “Elbow Series” below is an example of some sets that check all of the necessary boxes, which make them a solid addition to your playbook.

Do the sets all start from different formations?
The Elbow Series always starts from a box set. Guards at the elbows, with the bigs on the blocks. This makes it difficult to defend, as there is no immediate giveaways for the defense. Below is the basic Elbow Action;

Elbow

 

Is it difficult to flow from the base offense, into the sets?

The Elbow series is very easy to flow into, from any base offensive formation. Below is an example, using a 3-out, 4-out, and 5-out system.

Elbow

Do the sets all use the same actions?
The Elbow Series uses multiple actions. Some of these actions include back cuts, flare screens, screen-the-screener actions, Iverson cuts, screens for post-ups, and elevator screens.

Do the sets lack versatility?

The Elbow Series includes options to get a post touch, open 3-point shots, back door cuts, isolations, ball screens, and even a lob play.

The Elbow Series includes six set plays, with multiple options.


Elbow

Elbow


Elbow Bang

Elbow Bang


Elbow Chase

Elbow Chase


Elbow Double

Elbow Double


Elbow Muscle

Elbow Muscle


Elbow Triple

Elbow Triple


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Doug Brotherton
Doug Brotherton is entering his 15th year of coaching basketball, and his 7th year at the helm of The Village School girls varsity basketball program. He has coached boys high school basketball, girls high school basketball, and started the Men's Basketball program at Mid-Michigan Community College. Coach Brotherton is also very involved at all levels of basketball. He is a NBA Regional Advanced Scout for the Chicago Bulls. He is the founder of Dynamic Coaching Tools (www.dynamiccoachingtools.com). Coach Brotherton was elected as the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Large Private School Board Member. This past year, Coach Brotherton helped develop the drill book and coaches packets for Jay Bilas Basketball Camps, as well as participating in its Coaching Development Program and presenting on the benefits of FastDraw. In 2018, Positive Coaches Alliance selected Coach Brotherton as one of the 50 Double-Goal Coach National Award Winners, for his positive impact on his athletes on the court and in life.
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