Mike D'Antoni vs. Phil Jackson, an offensive affair

Many LA fans have been quick to dismiss Mike D’Antoni  in favor of Phil Jackson’s perfected triangle offense that brought five championships to the city.

We want you to understand why the triangle was so effective, why so many fans pine to have it reinstated, and we want you to have an educated opinion on the matter the next time you watch your Lakers.

In the video below, you will find a perfect demonstration of the triangle offense being run against against the Celtics in the 2010 Finals.

Understanding the triangle can take some time, as it can be incredibly detailed and reacts to the defense it is given. So to simplify things, we’ll take a look at a basic 1-2-2 set.

1. Establishing the triangle

2. Establishing the two-man game on the weakside of the floor.

3. The pick-and-roll, option

➳Once the two-man game has been establish it will operate as a pick-and-roll.

➳The triangle will collapse into a double-screen for Kobe Bryant

➳Pau Gasol has the option to hand the ball off to Jordan Farmar, or keep it himself and pass to Bryant for a shot off the screen.

➳Should the play fail, Bryant would reset the triangle or operate a high pick-and-roll with Gasol

D’Antoni’s System:

D’antoni’s entire offense is predicated on spacing and the pick-and-roll.

➳System requires a point guard with court vision (i.e. Steve Nash) and versatile big man (i.e. Amar’e Stoudemire)

➳System requires three shooters capable of knocking down perimeter shots to spread the floor. Those players do not come within the three point line.

Here’s a look at a basic 1-2-2 set in D’antoni’s offense:

1. Down screen and roll

2. Options, options, options

There you have it. A basic breakdown. The biggest difference? D’Antoni needs great point guard to make other players thrive in his system. Whereas the triangle works as a unit, putting every player in a position to succeed.

Which coach do YOU prefer? And what system do you think would best suit the Lakers personnel right now. Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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