Charlotte Hornets 2022-23 Season Preview
LaMelo Ball is going to be super fun, Charlotte likely will not.
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Note: if you are reading this in the e-mail-only form some of the gifs and videos do not always show up correctly. I chose no stats for new coaches since they will be bringing their own philosophy and focus on the film.
The Hornets run 21/Pistol action often in early offense, bringing the ball up on the side of the floor and having a guard set a ballscreen on the wing.
Flowing into a flare screen followed by an empty ballscreen, this gives the Hornets 3-4 options and reads in early offense.
21 vs Switching
When teams are going to switch, the Hornets ran 21 action designed to get the switch and have the player roll to the rim.
The first time I saw this set was from the Celtics and Brad Stevens.
ATO vs Switching
An After Time Out special vs switching (heads up: if you want switching specials just watch teams offense vs the Celtics defense this season) the Hornets run some clever action starting out of Delay. Starting off with a hand off on the wing and a quick swing to the middle, this triggers the opposite wing to cut.
As the wing cuts over the top both players go into a stagger screen for LaMelo in the corner.
The second screener is designed to slip to the rim vs switching which the Hornets take advantage of.
A very common set out of UCLA action, this play has an empty ballscreen with a weakside stagger.
Starting off with the same UCLA action, after the guard comes off the big fakes the ballscreen and looks for a throwback screen for the top of the key.
SOB Gut Chase
The Hornets have 2 variations using this “Gut Chase” action or a screen in the middle of the floor, with their sideline out-of-bounds entry is an Elevator look to free up the guard to receive a pass.
Once the ball is entered the big screens down in the middle of the floor for the player they want to get open and then chase into a ballscreen.
They also run this action as a half-court set, with sometimes looking to set a flare screen on the point guard before the ballscreen.
2015-16 Steve Clifford Video Playbook
I did an edit on Clifford’s playbook back in 2015-16, I am not sure how much he will continue to run but offensive creativity seems to be lacking.
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