The 5-Out Delay Offense can be a useful ‘change-of-pace’ offense you can use at different times of the game. As a ‘delay’ offense, it can be used when your team is ahead at the end of the half or game … when you are trying to use the time on the clock but will still take a good, high percentage shot.
This is also a nice continuity you can run when you want to change the tempo of the game. Often, your opponent will get several quick baskets in a row and the pace of the game may be getting quicker than you want. A time or two running the 5-out Delay Offense can slow the tempo and momentum of your opponent.
This can also be a fantastic offense to run even if you’re not attempting to delay or stall. The intent of this offense is to get a layup and many times running through the continuity will lead to a defensive breakdown — which leads to an easy layup. There are also plenty of instances in games when your “normal” offense isn’t working and your team could really use a basket. This might be just the offense to run!
The 5-Out Delay Offense begins with the point guard O1 passing to a wing, O3, and then cutting to the basket. If O1 is open, O3 may pass to O1 for a layup. O2 will replace O1 after the cut and O5 will replace O2. If O2 is denied the pass at the top, he should go backdoor (then O5 would now replace, and so on).
When O2 receives the pass at the top, he will reverse the ball to O5 on the wing and then cut to the basket. If O2 is open, O5 may pass him the ball for the layup. O3 now replaces O2 and O4 replace O3. If O3 is denied, he will cut backdoor. The pattern continues.
Backdoor Option: At any time during the continuity, the wing (in this diagram O5) will pass to the top player (O3 here). O1 will flash hard to the elbow looking for a pass from O3. O5 will now step to the ball and then go backdoor looking for the pass from O1. Since the pass is always made from the wing to the top in the 5-Out Delay continuity, this option may need to be called for by a player or from the bench. It may also be utilized if O3 has difficulty reversing the ball (O1 may recognize this and then flash, whereby O5 will now cut backdoor). The players on the court may also communicate this option.
This is just a simple option that can cause a wrinkle the defense isn’t expecting and will create an easy scoring opportunity.