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Ball Movement: The “Extra Pass”

One of my favorite things when watching basketball is seeing teams use the extra pass. The untrained eye can see that it’s unselfish and the “right” play. While I appreciate that as much as the next fan, a few other things stick out to me:

  1. Spacing: Teams that are well spaced and organized will have more opportunities to share the ball with an extra pass (or two).

  2. Stationary 3s: Many times the first receiver is finishing his or her cut when receiving the pass. The extra pass is almost always to a stationary receiver. One reason we shoot the ball well is most of our three point attempts are stationary.

  3. Two Passes Out: We love to have “two passes out” on paint touches. A paint touch kick out creates one closeout. The extra pass creates a second closeout forcing the help to leave the paint and closeout hard.


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