(HoopDirt.com Starting Five by FastModel Sports – Spain by Wes Kosel was originally published by HoopDirt.com)
This week’s starting five includes five set plays from the Spain National Team. These plays were used in the 2015 EuroBasket Tournament. Spain won the tournament giving them a ticket to Rio for the Summer Olympic Games. Spain beat Lithuania in the EuroBasket final 80-63.
Some of the top players on the Spain roster include: Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies), Pau Gasol (Chicago Bulls/San Antonio Spurs), Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls), Felipe Reyes (Real Madrid), Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves), and Sergio Rodriguez (Real Madrid).
Spain – Drag Slip
This play is a quick hitter and is used as a read against the defense. If the defense jumps out to hedge, the ball screener can slip to the rim for an easy layup.
Spain – Shuffle Stagger Spain
This play uses a shuffle/stagger action combined with a “Spain” action (back screen on the ball screen roll”. Spain does a great job of using multiple actions to make it difficult for the defense to keep up.
Spain – Point Thru Floppy
The point guard runs into the lane and can choose which side to run off of. In the video, 1 uses the single screen from 4 and 3 then cuts off of 5.
Spain – Double Drag Side PNR
In this double drag play, the point guard’s job is to get into the lane and force defenders to help. The point guard can hit the big on the roll or pass out to shooters on the perimeter.
Spain – Horns Orlando
In this play, an Orlando action “dribble handoff into ball screen” opens up the ballhandler and a cross screen is set for the post player inside.