Inside the set: How the Suns turned Beombo’s lack of offense into an advantage


This is an actor who played one of the Phoenix Sunszooming in on the fine details of why the procedure was called in Sun Pacers From Saturday, and why it was so successful.


For the valuable deposits that Bismack Biyombo brings to whatever lineup he’s appeared in, he has weaknesses operating on the offensive end of the ground.

It is neither a shooter nor a driver, especially in space and far from restricted area.

His value comes when setting screens, rolling and attacking the offensive glass—aka the three most effective ways a non-shooter can make himself effective in his half court.

Indiana deliberately “cut” from Byumbo, with the intent of remaining solid in its defensive shell, and in assists. So insolent were they that sometimes they doubled over him and would not move into the general area he occupied.

Check out this free kick:


or even this, without it, as they would put two on the ball in the third outer measures of the sun:


With Beombo, as I mentioned earlier, there is not even a ‘marker’ or defender who even rotates into the general area he occupies, one pass away from the ball.

This development led to what was a clever remark and counter tactic from Indiana.

Phoenix will out with a “Veer” motion, which is an on-ball screen immediately followed by the same one that runs to a screen off the ball, rather than popping or rolling to the basket.

What was most remarkable here during the Zoom, however, was the Suns’ use of second-side action, via a bright screen from end receiver of “veer” Biyombo, who was Washington Jr.

I delve deeper into this dynamic and its importance to the entire work here:

Biyombo’s selection sequence, along with an illuminated screen by Washington Jr., was outstanding. Add to that that Biyombo doesn’t stick long in his pick, then tapers to the perfect spot to make Duarte’s closure more difficult to navigate, and you’ll see the execution on display here.

Generating a side-by-side-type scenario, the two-on-one (with my rotary in the rear view) car saw great attention to detail.

The underlying dynamic here is the array of ways the Suns methodically crunch their way to offense in the middle third, generate paint touches, and manipulate the plentiful advantages to improve the talent at their disposal.

This approach, pairing actions together, is an offensive dynamic seen frequently on the college basketball stage. The court is smaller, so tasking the assisting advocates with taking over their assisting responsibilities, concurrent with the primary action occurring, is more urgent given the shrinking workspace.

Concluding thoughts

Phoenix is ​​generally one of the best at gathering information over the course of a game, to take advantage of conflicting tendencies and schemes.

Whether it’s Poker and Pool, the coaching staff, or a combination of both.

This was an example of this, within the game flow. Which makes it a constant puzzle to solve.

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