A 2-3 zone is probably one of the most common zones you will face as a basketball coach. That is why you must have some good zone basketball set plays and motion offenses that you can use. Otherwise, your basketball team will fall into the trap of passing the ball around the perimeter before eventually putting up a low percentage shot, and this is exactly what the defense wants from you.
These 2-3 zone basketball plays will cover plays for a 3 pointer, ball screen plays, lob plays, etc. Everything you need to beat a 2-3 zone can be found in these plays.
All of our basketball plays come with a clipped up video of the actual play and text on what you should be looking for as your team runs the play.
The defense’s goal on a 2-3 zone is to get the offense to become stagnant and shoot a lot of long, contested 3 point shots. That means that the offense should want to do exactly the opposite of that, so here are a few really good ways to attack a 2-3 zone defense in basketball.
The first key is going to be ball movement and player movement. Keep the ball moving from side to side and inside out on the zone, don’t let your players catch and hold the ball. Also, make sure that your players are cutting hard through the zone and being a threat to score as they do.
Penetration is the second key. One of the best ways to beat a zone defense in basketball is to drive a gap and then kick the ball out to an open teammate. Driving a gap needs to be done after a ball reversal, though, and the driver should not be looking to over dribble.
Ball screens are something that most teams don’t take full advantage of against a zone, but they can be very effective if done the right way. Anytime you can get two defensive players guarding the ball and then kick out, it usually ends up being good offense.
This zone basketball play is going to have a baseline runner and a player flashing in the zone, hopefully this will open up a quality shot.
This Michigan 2-3 zone ball screen basketball play is not one of the most advanced basketball plays out there, but it works well when executed correctly.
This 2-3 zone backside lob basketball play is a great way to take advantage of a zone defense that has a tendency to ball watch.
This 2-3 zone basketball play is going to end up with a quality shot for a shooter in the corner, if run the correct way.
This is a pretty basic basketball play, but it shows that a zone ball screen offense can be very effective against a 2-3 defense.
This zone ball screen basketball play is designed to put the top two defenders in situation where they have to give up a driving angle or a shot.
This 2-3 zone motion offense is going to keep the two post players on the blocks and free throw line, and then let the wings cut through the zone.
This 2-3 zone screens basketball play is going to treat the zone almost like it is a man to man defense and run a screening and cutting offense.
This post flash basketball play is designed to be used against a 2-3 zone and will help make sure that the ball goes inside out before a shot or finish.
This 2-3 zone motion basketball play is going to keep the ball moving and player movement by having a player continuously run the baseline.
This motion offense is going to be run against a 2-3 zone and is going to promote good player and ball movement.
This 3 pointer basketball play will be used against a 2-3. It will help get a quality shot rather than passing the ball around until a bad shot is taken.
This zone motion offense is great because it has specific cuts and movements built into the offense to help the players out on where they should be cutting or spacing too.
This ball screen basketball play is going to be used against a 2-3 zone from a baseline out of bounds dead ball situation.
This lob basketball play is going to be used against a 2-3 zone defense and is designed to score right off of the inbound pass.
This 2-3 zone lob basketball play is great because it has two different options. The first option is the lob man, but there is also a shooter as well.
This zone overload basketball play is going to look for a shooter in the overload, but if nothing is there it will hit a lob on the backside of the zone.
This baseline runner basketball play is going to be run against a 2-3 zone and is also going to involve a ball screen at the top of the zone.
This zone ball screen basketball play is going to be run almost like a man play with a single double screen action going on as well.
This ball screen basketball play is going to be run against a 2-3 zone and it is also going to incorporate a cross screen action as well.
This ball screen basketball play is going to involve two screens for the ball handler to choose from to attack the zone with.
This zone motion offense is going to be used against a 2-3 zone and is going to promote player and ball movement through the zone.
This zone ball screen basketball play is going to take advantage of the top two defenders in the zone by using a ball screen and trying to overload them.
This zone motion offense is going to help promote ball movement, player movement, and open up gaps to drive and kick.
This Wallace State ball screen baseline runner basketball play uses a ball screen against one of the top defenders, and then sends a runner on along the baseline.
This lob basketball play is great to use against a zone because it is going to take advantage of the defense on the backside for a high percentage finish.
This zone baseline screen play to use against a 2-3 zone to get one of your better shooters a 3 point shot.
This zone basketball motion offense is going to allow you to keep continual movement through the zone and the best way to beat a zone is ball/player movement