Lots of movement with all five players playing a part, some nice misdirection, and most importantly, a clean look at the end of it.

First step is to dump it into the high-post to Davis. We’ve seen a lot of high-post initiation this season, and this is no different. Whether the big actually makes a move is irrelevant, Casey only wants the big handling the ball in that area to initiate movement of other players, including both guards.

Ball gets dumped to Ed. Two motions happening, Bayless slips to the right wing, and DeRozan fakes the cut with the help of a gentle ass screen from Magloire. This is the misdirection.

Hibbert’s attention is momentarily caught by DeRozan, which is exactly when Magloire sets the screen on Dahntay Jones.

Jones gets completely caught in the screen, and was expecting Barbosa to cut in the same manner that DeRozan did, hence he went under. This proved to be a mistake, as Barbosa came back out and Davis delivered the pass right on time.

This is a clean look in the NBA.

The play in its entirety:

This is a good play which has several options:

  • Davis can drive the ball if Hansbrough is playing him too tight
  • If a weak-side double comes over for Davis, he can pass to Bayless for a clean look or a drive
  • If DeRozan was afforded space on his cut, a quick pass could’ve resulted in a layup
  • Barbosa had two ways to go on the screen set for him

If you’re watching the game casually at a bar and this play happens, you might even think of it as one of Barbosa’s chucks, when it’s anything but. I like this play because it has all five guys playing a part in it, and as stated, has multiple options. When watching the Raptors, keep an eye out for post initiation of plays rather than the point guard running a set on his own. Casey is on record saying that this offense isn’t a democracy and nobody is entitled to a set number of shots. The best way of satisfying players who want shots is to give it to them as an incentive, and in this case good individual movement and team play will get you a shot!

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17 Responses to “Breaking It Down: A Simple Taste of Dwane Casey’s Offense”

  1. Sheptor

    Completely Unnecessary Article. You broke down a simple pick and pop off the ball which all teams do and wrote so much on it. In the words of Busta Rhymes “Gimme some mo”

    • cesco

      It may be a simple pick and pop for you but many of us learned that something so simple actually is the result of some complicated movement by all 5 players .

      • Sheptor

        You’re right, I forgot this was Canada…and I apologize for my terminology. I love this site and the work Arse and others put into it, Go Raptors!

        • u patronizing arzehole

          Uhhh … you forgot this was Canada? Hope you didn’t forget to gfy. And then go sit with whatever other patronizing pos you happen to run into. 

          Oh yeah. Pul-leaze. Can’t forget to be polite now, can I? You might just forget where you are. Arzehole. 

      • JT's Hoops Blog

        It also shows what great chemistry the Raptors have on the offensive end.  For a young team, they communicate very well offensively.  Although they make mistakes once in a while, they are quite good at reading each other–a necessity for a good NBA team.

    • hateslosing

      First of all it’s a screen when it’s off ball, so calling it a pick and pop is inaccurate. Second of all not everyone who watches basketball necessarily understands how plays like this develop and it is very nice to have someone explain what is going on here for the uninitiated. These simple plays our what our offense is based on and breaking them down so anyone can understand it is a very worthy article. I look forward to one on the defense.

  2. jlongs

    i like these “breaking it down” stuff. wish we had it more often. it’s also much better than over-analyzing whether this guy or that guy is a 1,2,3,4,5. at least with these type of posts you get to learn something about the game that you can use (if you play) or at least gives you something else to pay attention to the next time you watch the game instead of how many boards bargnani has, or how many times bayless took a bad shot, or how many times derozan drove and got blocked or fell with no call.

  3. RenaldoSugarbush

    Thanks for the post. I always enjoy learning more of the technical side of the game.

  4. Matt52


    Dallas game, third quarter, around five minutes left…

    Check the offensive set.

    They run it a couple of times… lots of options within the set.

  5. minks77

    nice, been reading NBA playbook and have their YouTube channel in my hit list. Many people don’t seem to realize just how involved many of these sets are.


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