Jun 26, 2019
Episode 61: Cody Toppert, Player Development And Building An Offense
Guest: Cody Topper, newly named University of Memphis Tigers Assistant Coach
In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, newly named University of Memphis Tigers assistant coach Cody Toppert joins the podcast to discuss player development and the implementation of analytics into building an offense.
Last year, Cody served as the Director of Player Development for the Phoenix Suns. In that role, he created and managed the development plans for Phoenix Suns players. Cody also served as staff liaison to the analytics department, assisting with the creation and implementation of the Suns pre and post-game analytics packets under Head Coach Igor Kokoskov.
Cody has G-League experience as a head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns, and as an assistant coach by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He was promoted to an assistant coaching position with the Phoenix Suns after one season with Northern Arizona.
1:00 - First to Consider to Build Player's Development Plan
3:00 - Things to do to increase a player's ability to finish at the rim
5:00 - "They Don't Get There"
6:45 - Dance Game
8:40 - Own Your Game
10:00 - Improving One Foot Finish
12:00 - "Script It. Read it. Play it."
14:30 - Coach Cody's Philosophy in Terms of Ratio
15:48 - Simulations
19:00 - Things to Foster Creativity
22:12 - Feedback
25:40 - Analytics on Off The Pass and Off Decisions
27:30 - Quantified Shooter Impact
28:30 - When in Doubt, Take A Bounce
30:30 - Concept of Game Speed
32:30 - Rhythm Related to Skill Execution
34:30 - Things Coach Cody’s Done to Notice the Progress
36:00 - Developing Players
38:00 - Asking Players Questions for their Development
42:34 - Analytics in terms of Building an Offense
44:30 - Number of Passes Leading to Better Percentage of Shots
48:31 - Rebound the Ball Defensively and Get in the Ball Offensively
50:00 - Rim Run
52:30 - Point Guard Push
54:30 - Post at the Rim, Trail at the Slot
57:00 - Talking about Spacing
59:00 - Hand-offs vs ball Screens
1:02:00 - Explaining Rerouting
1:03:00 - One Step Advantage
1:04:30 - The Different Dribble Hand Off-Ball Screen Dribble Pitch
Cody Toppert’s Bio