From outlet to basket in 8 seconds
They do it lots of different ways.
Some teams run a "numbered break" players running to designated spots to set up for their shot, as the electric point guard pushes the ball up with the dribble. The Suns, with triggerman Steve Nash, are an example of a team that runs a numbered break.
Another way to run a fast break: The point guard can throw the ball over the top of defenders retreating in transition defense as the offensive team storms the floor. The recipients of the point guard's lob passes can shoot quick and easy shots. No one does this better than the New Jersey Nets, thanks to point guard Jason Kidd.
Still another way to run a fast break really is less point-guard reliant: Some teams have a number of people who are capable of taking the ball off the boards and pushing the ball up the floor themselves. The point guard would then fill in the spot or running lane vacated by the man pushing the ball up the floor. A prime example of this is the Hawks' style of fast break, triggered by point forward Antoine Walker.
What makes the fast break work?
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