The Wheel Offense is fantastic for creating high levels of player movement. This is great for team’s that struggle to create opportunities on the floor through players creating their own shots. The Wheel Offense can be very effective as both an introductory and elite level offensive system.
Because of the significant player movement, the Wheel Offense Triple Screen into On-ball Play there is a fantastic amount of offensive options available. It is however, a terminal play and does not have any continuity to be run on multiple sides of the floor. This means the play might be best suited to use in combination with other Wheel Offense plays.
The formation for the Wheel Offense Triple Screen into On-ball Play is 4 out and 1 in. The difference in this particular set-up is that the trailing big (Four) moves to the weak side wing extended. This type of formation allows for the play to be started as quickly as possible as the trailing players are not involved initially.
One (1) makes a pass to Two (2).
Five (5) lifts to set a screen for One (1).
One (1) creates a lead before cutting to the basket.
The initial cut by One (1) can be actioned from beyond the halfway in the back court as soon as the pass is initiated to Two (2). This will enable a much harder defensive scenario.
Two (2) must square up to the basket to engage the defensive player as the ball will be at this position for a few moments.
Four (4) moves into from the weak side wing to set a down screen for One (1).
One (1) continues on the movement through and out of the keyway. Using the screen set by Four (4) cuts up the outside of the screen to extend to the weak side elbow extended.
Five (5) following setting a screen for One (1) moves across the split line to set a second screen for Three (3).
Three (3) cuts over the screen with pace attacking the front of the basket.
- For a brief moment prior to Three (3) moving into the keyway, Four (4) can be free stepping to the basket
- Three (3) on cut to basket
- One (1) from lift to perimeter
Three (3) once reaching the basket moves to the strong side long corner.
Five (5) moves to set the third screen in the sequence. Performing a down screen for Four (4).
Four (4) lifts to the foul line.
- Three (3) on fade to long corner
- Four (4) on lift to foul line
- Two (2) rips the ball and attacks the basket towards the baseline
During the last movements of this phase of the offense there is the potential for a high/Low option between Four (4) and Five (5) if a pass is made initially into Four (4).
Five (5) moves to the Pinch Post on the weak side of the keyway.
Four (4) moves to set and on-ball screen for Two (2).
Two (2) uses the on-ball screen to attack the basket.
As Two (2) passes the shoulder of Four (4) to turn towards the keyway:
- One (1) rotates up the three-point line
- Three (3) lifts up the sideline
- Two (2) off of the on-ball screen
- Five (5) on assist pass from Two (2); if Five’s (5) defender moves to stop drive into keyway
- Four (4) off of roll to the basket
- One (1) off of pressure release pass
- Three (3) off of pressure release pass
- If Three (3) receives pass then a quick post entry pass can be made into Four (4)