Motion Strong Entries And Options

By Randy Sherman

Two “Motion Strong” entries and options from five-out featuring the Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets (35-33, 7th in East) have taken Motion Strong, a long-time staple of the San Antonio Spurs, and opened up the spacing with a five-out alignment from transition.

Like the four-out version popularized by the Spurs, the Nets’ version features a staggered screen and different options stemming from it in early offense. Below, we’ll take a look at two ways the Nets enter Motion Strong.

“Reverse” Option

The signature feature of Motion Strong is the staggered down screen. Like many NBA teams, the Nets often have no low-post presence in early offense. Instead the “Big” is trailing at the top of the circle.


In the Reverse Option, the Nets swing the ball to the second side via the trailing Big. The two passers in the ball reversal then get into the staggered screen.

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The cutter using the screens may straight cut for a catch-and-shoot or curl if tightly trailed.

Featured Video: Brooklyn Nets – Motion Strong – Five-Out – Reverse Option

If the cutter uses the stagger, gets the catch but has no immediate advantage on the catch, the offense flows into various options such as Horns, Elbow or Spread Ball Screen.

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This sort of design and sequencing gives the Nets early, middle and late clock flow.

“Dribble” Option

At times the Nets get into Motion Strong without the ball reversal using the “Dribble” Option. The trailing players just get into the down screen while the lead guard dribble advances the ball.

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Again, the cutter (Player 3) may straight cut the staggered screen for a catch-and-shoot or curl when trailed. Many of the same middle and late clock options stem from the “Dribble” Option if no immediate advantage is available on the catch.

Bonus Diagrams: Motion Strong – Dribble into a Throw & Go

Featured Video: Brooklyn Nets – Motion Strong – Five-Out – Dribble Option

As the young Nets continue their push for the Eastern Conference playoff position, look for this modernized and spread-out version of Motion Strong to be an offensive centerpiece.

The ball and player movement in early offense combined with the flow and connection with other options when the stagger does not create an immediate advantage demonstrates sound offensive design and sequencing.

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Randy Sherman is the owner and founder of Radius Athletics - a basketball coaching consulting firm - where he consults with basketball coaches at all levels on coaching philosophy, practice planning, Xs & Os and teaching a conceptual style of basketball. While a head basketball coach at the the interscholastic level, Sherman's teams won 197 games in nine seasons.
March 4, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA, U.S. – LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 04: Brooklyn Nets Guard Spencer Dinwiddie (8) and Los Angeles Clippers Guard Sindarius Thornwell (0) grab each others jerseys as they go down the court during the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the L.A. Clippers on March 04, 2018, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © David Dennis/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

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