Tactics

Players are your building blocks and for good basketball tactician it is vital to know your players well, give them proper roles, find out possible tactical commands and make them play together as a good team. Before you start creating tactics it is a good idea to set a proper position for every player with respect to his skillset and height.

Simple Tactics

When setting Simple tactics you will have to choose your Starting Lineup by dragging the five players you want to be in your starting lineup to their position on the court.

Substitutions - The order by which you put your other players on the bench will determine the way they enter the game when substituting players from the starting lineup. Players from the bench will enter the game from the top down depending on their position. The first Point Guard on the list will substitute your starting Point Guard, the first Shooting Guard on the list will enter as a substitute for your starting Shooting Guard and so on for every position.

Substitution Order
Position 1st Option 2nd Option 3rd Option 4th Option 5th Option
PG PG SG SF PF C
SG SG PG SF PF C
SF SF SG PG PF C
PF PF C SF SG PG
C C PF SF SG PG

With the Quick Orders option (for Mobile devices only) you will be able to choose quickly from the list a tactic you want your team to play.

Isolation
Isolation Take advantage of a team's best player and choose one player in the lineup. The most of plays will go trough that selected player and he will try to beat the opponent in 1 vs 1.
Pick & Roll
Pick & Roll Choose one Guard for ball-handler and one front-court player for screener and your team will play pick&rolls or pick&pops depending on the screener abilities.
Motion Offense
Motion Offense Flexible offense that utilizes player movement, correct floor spacing, passing and cutting, and setting screens. Choose one player in the lineup and that player will be the main option.
Triangle Offense
Triangle Offense It is a continuity basketball offense that combines perfect spacing with a series of actions based on player decisions. You must choose two Guards and one Front-court player and that three players will create main triangle offense force.
Post Offense
Post Offense If you want to attack basket with your big-mans, this is tactic for you. Choose one Front-court player for main attacking option. Your two Front-court players will create high and low post plays.
3 Point Offense
3 Point Offense You can select any player in lineup except center. Your players will create lot of screens to create needed space for your shooter to shoot from mid-range and three point line.

Advanced Tactics

Is a way off setting tactics in depth and it will give you much more options than Simple Tactics.

With the advanced option you will be able to set your lineups for every quarter, set the behavior for every one of your players both in offense and defense as well as set their offensive frequency (how often they will receive the ball) and also what to do when they receive the ball (pass or shoot). You will also be able to set the Defensive Focus for every player on your opponent’s team and it doing so set the defensive priority for your players so they focus more on the best players of your opponent.

Inside/Outside

Players can be set to attack from either inside or outside and this will determine from what positions they will be making most of the shots.

Inside – this means that a player will mostly focus on driving to the basket and making more shots closer to the basket. This does not mean that the player will not shoot from a distance, no. It means that the main attacking focus will be to drive to the basket and attempt to shoot from close range, while the player will also be making ranged shots, depending on his position. This is a good command to be given to the players whose shooting ability is at a low level.

Outside – this means that a player will mostly focus on making shots from a distance! This certainly does not mean your player will only shoot for 3 points and that he will not attempt to make drives to the basket! It actually means that his attacking style will be to focus on making ranged shots and it will increase the number of 3 point shots.

It is also important to note when setting your players Inside\Outside that players who play different positions will behave differently. Players who play PG, SG, SF positions are naturally going to make more outside shots than PF and C just like PF and C will make more inside shots because their natural position is to play closer to the basket.

Offensive Skills

For a player to be effective in offense he has to have good offensive set of skills

Most important offensive skill or the Primary offensive skill is: DRIBBLING for positions PG, SG and SF, when a player is set to attack from INSIDE POST MOVES for positions PF and C, when a player is set to attack from INSIDE SHOOTING for all positions when a player is set to attack from OUTSIDE

Secondary offensive skill is: DRIBBLING for positions PG, SG and SF, when a player is set to attack from OUTSIDE POST MOVES for positions PF and C, when a player is set to attack from OUTSIDE SHOOTING for all positions when a player is set to attack from INSIDE

In order for a player to play better in attack it is necessary for him to have as many Athletic Skills as possible (SPEED and STRENGTH) SPEED is used more when a player is attacking OUTSIDE in which case he uses his STRENGTH less STRENGTH is used more when a player is attacking INSIDE in which case he uses his SPEED less.

It is very important that a player also has a secondary skill so he could be useful in offense even in situations when he is not attacking from his set (inside\outside)position.

Secondary attacking skills don’t need to be maximized, they should rather follow the primary skill in a certain relation.

Inside Offense

Position Primary Offensive Skill Secondary Offensive Skill Primary Athletic Skill Secondary Athletic Skill
PG

SG

SF

Dribbling DRI Shooting SHO Strength STR Speed SPE
PF

C

Post Moves PM Shooting SHO Strength STR Speed SPE

Outside Offense

Position Primary Offensive Skill Secondary Offensive Skill Primary Athletic Skill Secondary Athletic Skill
PG

SG

SF

Shooting SHO Dribbling DRI Speed SPE Strength STR
PF

C

Shooting SHO Post Moves PM Speed SPE Strength STR

Defensive Skills

For a player to be effective in defense he has to have good defensive set of skills.

Most important defensive skill or the Primary defensive skill is DEFENSE. In order for a player to use his full defensive potential he has to have Athletic Skills. SPEED is used more when a player is defending OUTSIDE and he uses his STRENGTH less in this case. STRENGTH is used more when a player is defending INSIDE, in which case he uses his SPEED less.

Inside Defense

Position Primary Defensive Skill Primary Athletic Skill Secondary Athletic Skill
All Defense DEF Strength STR Speed SPE

Outside Defense

Position Primary Defensive Skill Primary Athletic Skill Secondary Athletic Skill
All Defense DEF Speed SPE Strength STR

Offensive Focus

Determines how often your players will receive the ball in offense.

Often - The players will try to pass the ball to this player every chance they get

Frequently - Player with this setting will be the target of most passes

Normal - This is more of a neutral setting and the player will receive some passes

Sometimes - Teammates will not try to pass the ball to this player very much

Rarely - The player with this setting will mostly be excluded from the attack

Pass/Shoot

If a player is set to pass this means when he receives the ball he will be looking to pass the ball to his teammates first, which does not mean that he will pass the ball every time; and if a player has the ball in his possession, then some of those possessions will often end up with a shot. Setting a player that has a very high passing ability to pass the ball can be a very potent combination because he will help his teammates score baskets more easily.

If a player is set to shoot this means when he receives the ball he will be focused on looking to find shooting opportunities and scoring. This does not mean he will shoot every time he gets the ball, but he will be looking for shooting opportunities more actively or trying to create them.

Offensive and Defensive Style

Aggressive setting will make your players try harder but also tire faster. It will improve their offensive or defensive abilities respectively, depending on where you use them (Offense or Defense). It is something that will make your player give just a little more, but at the cost of fatigue.

Normal setting is a setting where your player will neither try harder nor save himself.

Soft setting will make your players play much more conservatively and not try as much, they will rather try to conserve their energy and as a consequence they will play with decreased ability, but will tire less.

Tactics for Specific Match

Defensive Focus allows you to focus your defense more on your opponent’s stronger players by shifting defense from his less important players and in this way make your players who are not directly defending the opponent’s strong players help the players who are directly guarding them. But be careful! You do not just gain something, you lose something as well. The players who will be helping, will pay less attention to the players they themselves are guarding, thus leaving them more room in offence. Defensive Focus can be a very powerful tool (if used the right way) to help you defend against strong players, but if it isn’t used correctly, it will cost you.

This Is the Way Defensive Focus Works:

When setting the tactics against a certain opponent, once you’ve reached the point to set Defensive Focus, you will see the list of your opponent’s players and their Defensive Focus which is set by default to 100. By lowering the value of Defensive Focus next to a certain player you are giving the order to the player who will play defense against him how focused he will be on guarding him and how much he will help his teammates with their players. So, for example if you set the Defensive Focus next to a certain player at 70 you will transfer 30 Defensive Focus from that player to the rest of the team. It is also important to know that certain small amount of that focus is lost when it is transferred and also the focus that is transferred is equally distributed to the entire team. So, to give you an idea of what it looks like, here is an example:

Lineup Defensive Focus Recalculated Defensive Focus Preview
Player 1 80 DF 95 DF 80 DF
Player 2 100 DF 120 DF 100 DF
Player 3 80 DF 95 DF 80 DF
Player 4 100 DF 120 DF 100 DF
Player 5 60 DF 70 DF 60 DF

Tactics Saving Slots

The tactic set as Default tactic will be played all matches you don’t set a specific tactic for. If you forget to set a tactic for a certain match then this tactic will be set for that match automatically.

Friendly Default Tactics - this is a PRO user option and it means instead of using the same Default tactic for League and Friendly matches you can save a specific tactic that will only be played for friendly matches and it this way be sure your player don’t accumulate additional fatigue in a friendly match if you forget to set the tactic for that match.