First, this “triple post offense” is not the same and is not to be confused with the “triple post offense” or “triangle offense”, originated by Sam Barry and refined by Tex Winter and Phil Jackson.
This “T-Game” offense we are discussing here was developed by legendary Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith. Coach Smith was head men’s coach at the University of North Carolina from 1961 through 1997.
He compiled 879 career wins and won two NCAA National Championships, as well as having eleven Final Four appearances, and was voted four times the National Coach of the Year.
Coach Smith used multiple offenses and defenses, and the T-game was only one of his many weapons.
The T-game or “triple-post” offense favors a team with strong post players. It is a power game with inside post play and scoring in the paint, as well as trips to the free-throw line. Opposing post players frequently find themselves in foul trouble. Offensive rebounding is a strong asset.
The T-game can be used vs either man-to-man or zone defenses. It is flexible using either a “single-post” or a “triple-post” option. The offense is based on spacing and movement, with little screening, and has continuity from side to side. Like other “patterned” offenses, it is somewhat predictable, but as with all offenses, execution is the key.
The T-game is fairly easy to learn. O3, O4 and O5 are interchangeable and all learn the same roles, whereas O1 and O2 are also interchangeable.