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The Starter Guide to the Corner Offense

Posted by Coach Chris on Mar 18, 2019

In this article, NBA Associate Head Coach for the New Orleans Pelicans Chris Finch is going to share with you four entry actions into the Corner Offense. By the time you get done reading, you should be equipped with coaching drills and strategies to running a successful Corner Offense.

Starting Positions

To get the Corner Offense started, it's all about getting your players in the right position. This offense set-up looks like a box formation made up of four players in the half court with one player in the middle.

You have two guards in the corners to spread the floor and give attack opportunities to your two top players which is your point guard and one of your post players. The player in the middle is your other post player.

Ideally, you want all of your positions to be interchangeable to make your offense tougher to guard. But for a tradition offense, your 1 is going to be the point guard, 2 and 3 will be in the corners, 4 will be in the other top spot as your post trailer, and 5 is at the elbow as your post rim runner.

Now that you know the positions lets breakdown four different ways to start the Corner Offense.

Corner Offense Starting Positions

Entry Action #1 - Low

Corner Offense Low Split

Player 1 starts with the basketball and passes it to Player 5 to start the offense.

After passing, Player 1 reads the defense and goes to set a screen for Player 2 in the corner.

Corner Offense Basketball

Player 2 comes off the screen reading the defense and curls to the basket. If 2 isn't open, they continue to cut through the lane and relocate on the opposite side of the court.

As 2 is cutting, Player 3 and Player 4 shift to fill spots on the court: 3 is now in 4's starting spot while 4 is 1's starting spot.

Corner Offense Pick and Roll

After screening, Player 1 is in the corner and catches a pass from Player 5.

5 follows their pass and comes to set a ball screen for 1 and they run a pick and roll.

After the pick and roll, read the defense and play basketball.

Entry Action #2 - High

Corner Offense High Split

Player 1 starts with the basketball and passes it to Player 5 to start the offense.

After passing, Player 1 reads the defense and goes to set a screen for Player 4 at the opposite top spot.

Player 4 comes off the screen reading the defense and curls to the basket. If 4 isn't open, they continue to cut through the lane and relocate on the opposite side of the court.

Corner Offense Entry Points

After screening, Player 1 is at the opposite top spot and catches a pass from Player 5.

5 follows their pass and comes to set a ball screen for 1 and they run a pick and roll.

After the pick and roll, read the defense and play basketball.

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Entry Action #3 - Swing

Corner Offense

Player 1 starts with the basketball and passes it to Player 4 to start the offense.

After passing, Player 1 reads the defense and goes to set a screen for Player 2 in the corner.

Player 5 follows Player 1 to set a double screen for Player 2.

Corner Offense Double Screen

Player 2 comes off the double screen reading the defense and curls to the basket.

After screening, Player 1 ducks down to read the defense unfold.

Corner Offense Swing

After screening, Player 5 continues towards the corner to set another screen for Player 1.

Player 1 comes off the screen reading the defense and curls to the basket.

After the screen, read the defense and play basketball.

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Entry Action #4 - Corner

Corner Offense Basketball

Player 1 starts with the basketball and passes it to Player 2 in the corner to start the offense.

After passing, Player 1 reads the defense and cuts to the basket.

Corner Offense Handoff

Once Player 1 has cut, Player 2 passes to Player 5 at the elbow.

After passing, Player 2 chases the ball for a handoff.

From here, read the defense and play basketball.

Drills for the Corner Offense

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Drill #3

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