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Atlanta Hawks offensive playbook: ‘Power Forward Post’

August 4th, 2017 at 12:08 PM
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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks will have a very different look next year, as has been well chronicled in this space and elsewhere. At the same time, I would be surprised if the actions we see next year will look completely different apart from maybe just looking to play faster. Today, we will be looking at the “Power Forward Post” action.

The last few seasons this play was almost exclusively run through Paul Millsap. Ersan Illyasove is not a great fit for this play, but we did see Charles Lee run it through Taurean Prince during the Vegas Summer League. Perhaps we will see Prince, John Collins or even Mike Muscala get some opportunities to operate in this action next season.

On the court, these plays are called “4″ or “4C”. Let’s take a look.

This is the most basic form of the “4″ play. The clip here picks up the action a little late but it is a good example of the basic aspects of this play. On this play, Malcolm Delaney enters the ball to Millsap in the low post on the right then crosses to other side of the offensive formation. The other players on the court are not moving much, just trying to achieve the right spacing. Muscala sits in the dunker position and the wings provides spacing above the three-point break.

The goal on this play is simply to give Millsap the room to operate basically in isolation. The result is an easy hook shot for two points.

Here is the same play on the same side of the court with one variation. With the Wizards having a rim protector on the …

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Tags: Andrew Nicholson, Atlanta Hawks, Dwight Howard, John Collins, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver, Malcolm Delaney, Taurean Prince, Thabo Sefolosha, Vegas Summer League, Wizards

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