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Many teams will have ball-side post players step up the lane on baseline penetration and have a perimeter player follow behind the penetration along the 3pt. line as shown in the first diagram.
Read & React creator, Rick Torbett, says that players attack the basket off the dribble more than anything else and for this reason it is the first "layer" in his Read & React Offence. Are you teaching the other four players where to go when penetration occurs? You should be.
On baseline penetration players at the 45 degree angle on the weak-side should often dive to the basket, particularly if they are not good shooters. Watch this clip of the Toronto Raptors;
One of challenges in basketball is to teach players to penetrate into the lane. The ability to penetrate requires an assertive and aggressive attitude, which is often lacking, particularly in young players.
Whenever there is dribble penetration, players off the ball must move to create passing lanes, in case the driver is not able to get a shot off. On a baseline drive, the lowest player on the weak-side wing should "drift" to the baseline.
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