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Philadelphia 76ers Training Camp Breakdown
A look at some of the notes and film from the 76ers training camp.
The 76ers held training camp that aired on the NBA app, and it was full of interesting teaching points, terms, and drills for us to learn from. We are going to dive into some of the specifics of the 76ers practice entailed and give us some insights into the 76ers philosophy.
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4 Around 1
Throughout the practice, Doc Rivers emphasized 2 main things in the 4-Out 1 in offense: Post Passing & Embiid’s Post Ups positioning.
They also looked to create driving lanes for players like Harden & Maxey while emphasizing spacing. Running 4 Out 1 In also allows Embiid to flash to the elbows and the 76ers to play split action off of it.
In early offense, the 76ers are going to run a lot of drag screens or a ballscreen from the big trailing the floor. Here you can hear Doc call out “Drag” and teach how and when the guards should look to attack.
When Doc calls out “Double Drag” it just means that two players are involved in the drag action.
From the looks of what the 76ers are running, it seems this play is inspired by the Miami Heat and how they run their double ballscreen action.
I can’t say for certain but it does seem like this play was taken from the Heat’s double ballscreen.
I had heard of teams in the NBA calling what I call “Wide” action calling it “Colors” and this confirms it from the 76ers & Doc Rivers.
A way the 76ers use their 4-Out alignment is this exchange set in which the first option is a quick flip slot to slot possibly looking for an attack.
Doc emphasizes spacing and keeping your spacing to allow the attacks from the slot and “Racks” attack from all positions.
This then flows into a reversal into a step up ballscreen in the slot.
ATO Exchange Counter
Doc then used this exchange action to test out an ATO for an Embiid duck in.
I am not going to go in-depth into this 21/Pistol action, but a good teaching point here from Joerger is to sprint to the corner first and then go into the 21 actions.
Shell Drill - Switch The Dive
The defensive side of the ball was pretty standard and might be something I cover in depth during this preseason breakdowns, but the interesting addition to shell drill was to switch the dive/backdoor.
A common action in college basketball to defend Euro ballscreen motion, the switching the backdoor is a good way to take away a teams basket option.
Joerger touches on how to attack switches briefly looking at the typical “Boomerang” action as well as swinging it slot to slot and allowing the other player to attack and have the big help off the switch.
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