5-out creating gaps
This outline complements Blog Posts - 5-Out Motion, 5-Out Dribble Penetration, and see Offence - 5-out youth motion.
1) Delayed Fill Cuts
A goal on offence should be to create and exploit gaps for dribble penetration. Gaps are created by spacing and cutting. Conventional 5-out spacing (1-2-2) is all single gaps, so cuts are needed to create bigger gaps, especially basket cuts (give and go) and back cuts.
To maintain a gap, players away from the ball hold their spacing for a two-count and react to a drive or fill empty spots if there is no drive. Fill cuts (and some exit cuts) are delayed.
As a progression, cutters always keep going to the opposite corner, instead of sometimes coming back out the same side.
1) Delayed Fill Cuts
On a pass to 2, 1 basket cuts and clears to the weakside corner, or optionally just cuts directly to the corner to create space.
4 does not immediately fill behind, as 2 needs time to look for the cutter and then possibly drive behind the cutter.
1's cut creates a double gap for 2.
Lason Perkins - when replacing the cutter, wait until the ballhandler is done looking at the cutter.
By holding (delaying a fill cut), 4 creates a double gap for 2 to attack middle.
How 4 reacts to a drive depends on the offence, e.g. backcut, push or rotate behind.
4 fills the top after a two-count (or if 2 passes to 5, see below).
2 cuts and clears on a pass to the corner, 4 holds out top, creating another double gap, this time for 5.
4 fills the wing after a two-count.
2 passes to 4 out top, cuts to the basket, pauses to read 4 (and can post up).
5 holds in the corner, creating a double gap for 4.
On a pass to 3, 4 basket cuts, 5 fills the wing, 2 exit cuts, 3 has a double gap to attack middle.
5 will fill the top after a two-count if there is no dribble or pass.
If there is no drive or pass to 3 after a two-count, 5 fills the wing and 2 exits to the corner (a late exit cut).
3 backcuts to the rim if overplayed (or just to create space for 4), pauses to read 4.
1 holds in the corner, creating a double gap for 4.
3 exits opposite if 4 drives from the top.
Otherwise 1 fills the wing after a two-count and 3 exits to the corner.
See c) above.
See Layups - Open-post motion.
2 passes to 4 and basket cuts, reads 4, and keeps going to the opposite corner on a pass to 3.
This avoids having 2 and 4 cut to the same corner, and can create a bigger gap for 3, with 2 (and X2) behind the ball instead of in front.
3 could balance the floor by dribbling to the point (Hal Wissel).
See Tactics - Dribble-drive quick-swing (Swing-quick).