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