2019-20 Season

Film Room: Breaking down the basics of Juwan Howard’s offense

Film Room is an X’s and O’s breakdown of Michigan basketball by Gibson Pyper. Pyper has diagrammed almost every offense in college and professional basketball at The Basketball Playbook and is an expert on the X’s and O’s of the game. He’s helping us break down the ins and outs of Juwan Howard’s NBA-inspired offense with videos, breakdowns and analysis throughout the season. 

Today’s Film Room recaps Michigan’s win over Appalachian State and breaks down the basics of Howard’s NBA-inspired offense. 

Coming from the NBA, Juwan Howard was bound to bring some “new” concepts to Michigan’s offense. I say new, but in reality, most of these new plays and concepts were used by Michigan teams in the past — just in different ways.

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4 Out Offense

This year Michigan is going to default to a 4 out offense, with one big in the short corner or low post instead of the middle where the big was positioned in Beilein’s offense. Most of what Michigan has been good at in the past — ball screens with great spacing — will translate into Howard’s NBA system.

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