1) The 4 around 1 Power Set Motion Offense can be a useful offensive set if you have player you would like to isolate. This is an inside attack that enables a team to take advantage of favorable matchups, to get high percentage shots, and to get into the bonus situation quickly.
The formation takes the shape of a box with the ‘power’ player (5) inside and the other four players spread on the perimeter.
The ‘power’ player sets up well above the block and simply follows the ball as it is moved on the perimeter. The four perimeter players exchange, screen, pick, cut, flash, and otherwise keep their defensive players occupied. The perimeter action is necessary so that the perimeter defenders are less able to provide help in the post.
The (5) player can be any player on the court, not necessarily just a post player. If you have a guard that can post up or has an obvious advantage against his defender, it will also work well. You can even change the ‘power’ player each time down the court if you want to!
2) Whenever the opponent utilizes a helpside defense, it is essential to remove the backside help. If, for example, the ball goes to the corner or wing, the weakside offensive players must interchange to prevent their defenders from helping out inside.
Because of the interchange, notice how X2 and X4 are removed momentarily and the post (5) is isolated. If the post player (5) is being full- or 3/4-fronted, as shown, he may be available for a lob pass from the wing. (If the defense is out of helpside position, the lob will be wide open).
3) This is another example of an offensive maneuver that can be done to clear the defensive help and create a scoring opportunity for a perimeter player; as well as giving the post another possible scoring chance.
If the defenders happen to switch on the weakside, the player cutting toward the corner (2) can flash back to the high post looking for a pass from (3).
(3) will have the option of passing to (2) on the flash or to (5) on the lob or baseline-side bounce pass (if #5 has his man sealed high-side, he can receive a bounce pass and make a drop-stop move).
If (2) gets the basketball in the high post, he could shoot, if open, or look to dump the ball to (5) who will try to seal his defender to the outside.
4) Another rule for the ‘power’ player to follow is that when he gets the basketball and either cannot or chooses to not make a move, he is expected to look opposite. If he can make the pass opposite (to either player #2 or #4 in this diagram), he should make the pass and then follow his pass, looking for a quick return pass, as shown.
This option works well because many times, the defender will relax once the kick-out pass is thrown. An even slight defensive hesitation will allow the ‘power’ player to get open with a great potential scoring opportunity.