Video Breakdown: What exactly is Secondary Transition?


Last week’s NBA Glossary entry covered a wrinkle on the pick-and-roll called a Ram Screen. That action was a screen-the-screener situation that you see from teams like the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder. This week, we’re talking about something completely different: transition offense.

Specifically, we’re dissecting a portion of the fastbreak called secondary transition.

So what is secondary transition?

If a normal fastbreak sequence of a rebound, a pass, and a quick jumper or layup count as a “transition” bucket according to, secondary transition is when that play starts but includes another action.

For NBA teams, this is usually a quick pick and roll, a drag screen, a quick post, or a screen for a cutter or shooter.

The difference is that secondary transition buckets come a little bit later in the shot clock, and it’s not just about exploiting defensive coordination. It’s also usually about running a basketball action to free a scorer.

To get a better sense of what this looks like on the floor, take a look at the video above to watch the full breakdown.