Plays of the Week – Spain National Team

By Wes Kosel

( Starting Five by FastModel Sports – Spain by Wes Kosel was originally published by

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.


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Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tom Billeter at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kosel joined the staff at Augustana after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado College and before that spent time at Texas Lutheran University and Haskell Indian Nations University. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. He has coached summer AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, USA Basketball, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, Air Force, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He also founded his own coaching website,, where he shares plays, drills, and coaching notes.
Sept. 12, 2015 – Lille, France, France – Nikola Mirotic (Credit Image: © Panoramic via ZUMA Press)

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