The Basketball Podcast: EP48 Vance Walberg on the Dribble Drive

RELEASE DATE : 03/07/2019

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, one of the most innovative minds in basketball brings his approach and philosophy to the basketball podcast as Vance Walberg shares some ideas on the dribble drive offense. Vance Walberg’s Dribble Drive system has evolved into an offensive attack adopted, and adapted, with thousand of coaches of all levels all over the world.

Walberg has coached at all levels of basketball including time in the NBA, NCAA and high school. He has also been a clinician who has travelled the world influencing coaches at all levels. In the NBA, he has served as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets.

Walberg’s first college experiences was at Fresno City College, where his teams went 133-11 with four Central Valley Conference titles and a California Community College championship in four seasons. Walberg got his first NCAA Division I head coaching opportunity in 2006 when he was hired at Pepperdine. Walberg’s other NCAA experience was as an assistant at UMass, where he stayed for two seasons before getting his first NBA job.

Learn more about teaching decisions within the Dribble Drive and other offenses:

Teaching the Shoot or Drive Basketball Decision

Vance Walberg

Vance Walberg Quotes:

“When I was starting my career, I went and watched a lot of different coaches . . I did that for 15-20 years . . and it was probably the best thing I’ve ever done.”

“Every time you shoot you want three points . . so if I’m taking it to the rack I want to go hard, I want to initiate contact, I want to try to get the and-1 or I’m going to drive, kick out and get the open three.”

“On our scouting report we always check does 5 . . look to take charges? If they do, we know our 5 man is going to get a lot of lobs.”

“That’s what I like about dribble drive – it’s teaching them how to play, it’s not teaching them how to run plays.”

“When you get somebody a triple gap, the advantage is yours . . when you open up a triple gap you make an average player a good player, a good player a great player and a great player unstoppable.”

“What I want my players to understand, is if you catch it standing I expect you to shoot . . I want go-and-catch action not catch-and-go action.”

“The only time I want you to dribble is when you think you can beat your guy. If you can’t, you pass, you cut.”

“The advantage of a 4-out offense is that you have a single post so that you’ve got one side you can really attack . . the advantage of a 3-out offense is that you have bigger gaps.”

“Offensive rebounding for us is real critical. We have a set way that we go to the offensive boards depending on where the ball’s shot – if it’s shot strong side or if it’s shot weakside.”

“When you shoot shots that are close in . . I think height has a lot more to do with the rebound . . but I think when you shoot threes . . it’s a longer shot, longer rebound, I think heart and hustle has a lot more to do with the rebound than height.”

“If you can really drive it, you’ve got to learn how to be able to hit that open three.”

“If you can really shoot it and you can’t drive it . . there’s two options you have: one, obviously is you want to learn how to drive . . but I think good shooters have to learn how to cut.”

“People want instant success with it . . each year, you’re going to see how much better your players are going to get.”

“You like threes, you love lay-ups . . I really want to make sure . . if you’ve got 20 threes up, I expect 40-45 into the rack. . . I think one of the biggest things you’ve got to make sure happens is that you win that free throw battle.”

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Vance Walberg Breakdown:

1:00 – Started of his Dribble Drive Offense
2:40 – Evolution of the Game
3:30 – Seeing Elements in Teams Playing Nowadays
4:30 – Depth of his Teaching
5:40 – Mistakes Coaches Made with the Dribble Drive
7:00 – Teaching Points of what is a Good Shot at the Rim
9:20 – Things that Allow to Ability to Attack the Weak Side
11:00 – Spacing to the Corners and Triple Gaps
14:00 – Advice to Coaches to their Drills and System
16:30 – Other Thoughts on Dribble Drive
17:30 – Empowering the Weak Side
19:15 – Outlets for Trouble
21:00 – Emphasizing Dibbler Countering
23:30 – Talking about Rockets and their Plays
24:30 – Progression of Teaching Dribble Drive at Different Levels
26:00 – Best Defense Against Dribble Drive
28:00 – Switching at Dribble Drive
31:00 – Running Dribble Drive in Zones
32:00 – “Two-Sets” Concept
35:00 – In-Depth Offensive Rebounding Rules
39:00 – Favorite Technique in Creating Triple Gap
41:00 – Favorite Entry Action
42:30 – Things to Emphasize if his Team Don’t Have a Lot of Shoot
44:00 – Dimensional Players
45:30 – His Favorite Drills and it’s Changes
48:00 – Do Some People Sacrifice Primary Transition in Dribble Drive?
49:40 – Dribble Drive with Transition is Primary Offense
52:00 – Running Dribble Drive as a Main Offense in NBA Level
53:00 – Scouting Opponent
55:00 – Players Make Their Own Reads to the Opponents
56:00 – Things the He Charting
57:00 – Suggestion and Advices to Learn Dribble Drive
58:00 – Conclusion

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