Purpose: To practice and develop decision-making abilities. To practice finishing in a fast break or transition situation. The focus is normally on offense with this drill, but it also helps defenders learn to work from a numerical disadvantage.
Drill 1: 3-on-2
Drill: 2 defenders start in the lane as shown. 3 offensive players start at the half court line, basketball in the middle. Additional players will wait in lines behind half court.
The drill begins when O1 starts dribbling to attack the defense. O2 and O3 stay wide as they break down the side and then to the basket.
O1 is the initial decision-maker and must decide how to attack, when to pass, where to pass, who to pass to, etc. The objective is to get as easy a shot as possible.
Continue until the basket is made or the defense secures the rebound or causes a turnover. Rotate as needed.
Drill 2: 3-on-2 with Chaser
The purpose of adding this option to the drill is the same as the previous, however, it adds a bit of realism to the fast break situation (in games, you may have the transition advantage but additional defenders will be hustling back to help).
The setup for this drill is the same as above but we now have an additional defender starting at the opposite free throw line. As soon as O1 starts dribbling, X3 will sprint to get back on defense and help out.
The three offensive players are attempting to score quickly before help arrives. We obviously want a good shot, however. If they don’t get a good shot attempt, they will play 3-on-3 until they score or until the defense secures the basketball.