Common offense and defense techniques in basketball include set, early, motion, spread, zone and one-on-one. Set, early, motion and spread are offense techniques, one-on-one is a defense technique and zone can be applied to both offense and defense.
Each basketball technique addresses a specific pace of play and skill of the team. Set offense is ideal in fast-paced games and requires a cohesive team that can communicate easily on the court. Early offense also moves quickly with an aggressive push against defense players as soon as the ball turns over. Motion offense is often used to bleed time from the clock, but only works with skillful ball handlers. A spread offense often works well against a one-on-one defense, because it makes defenders have to cover a larger area. Zone offense and defense techniques works well with teams that are equally matched in skill and speed.