Article courtesy of Breakthrough Basketball
Author: Kevin Germany
[This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Read part 2, Miami Heat Secondary Break Options]
The Miami Heat’s fast break can be virtually unstoppable at times. The speed and athleticism of key players such as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade is simply breathtaking. Interestingly enough, a football coach, Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly, is the mastermind behind this offense. Miami Head Coach Erik Spolestra got the idea for the Miami break while watching Kelly’s Oregon Ducks practice their spread-option offense during the NBA Lockout back in 2011.
The Miami break is a lot different than the Carolina or the Suns fast break offenses. Whereas both the Carolina and Suns fast breaks have assigned positions, the Miami break has no assigned positions. Anyone can run to any position on the floor. It is a very difficult fast break to defend against because the Miami break is very unpredictable. The defense will not know what to expect on any given possession. Miami can run this offense effectively because they have versatile players that play multiple positions.
I would only recommend this offense if you have perimeter players on your roster that can play multiple positions. You must have players that are able to handle the ball and shoot from outside. Make sure your team has the personnel to run this offense before implementing it. I would not recommend this offense if you have a dominant low post presence.
Notice that all the positions in the Miami break can be filled by anyone on the floor. There is no assigned point guard. Anyone can bring the ball up. There are five basic options in the Miami break.
Option #1: Pass the ball to the player running in the middle. Player looks to score by attacking the basket.
Option #2: Pass the ball to the player running to the strong side corner. Player looks to score by either taking an outside shot or attacking the basket.
Option #3: Pass the ball to the player running to weak side corner. Player looks to score by either taking an outside shot or attacking the basket.
Option #4: Player bringing the ball up looks to score by either taking an outside shot or by attacking the basket.
Option #5: Pass the ball to the trail running down the middle. The trail looks to score by either taking an outside shot or by attacking the basket.
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