Princeton offense

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Examples of use

Versions of the Princeton offense have been run by the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, and Los Angeles Lakers[1] in the NBA. A modified version based on Peter Carril's system was introduced by Rick Adelman to the Houston Rockets during the 2007-08 season.[2] Coach Alvin Gentry also implemented an altered version of it, that shows similarities to the triangle offense, during the Phoenix Suns' 2012-13 NBA season. Coach Eddie Jordan implemented this offense while coach of both the Washington Wizards (2003–2008) and the Philadelphia 76ers (2009–2010).

Some of the college teams best known for utilizing the offense (besides Princeton) are:

At the NCAA II Level:

At the NAIA Division I Level:

At the Division III Level: St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN Under John Tauer PHD

At the High School Level:

At the AAU/YBOA/USBA Level:

Use at Princeton

During his tenure at Princeton (1967–1996), Carril compiled a 514-261 (.658 winning percentage) record. His teams won 13 Ivy League championships during his 29-year tenure with the Tigers, and received 11 NCAA Tournament bids and two NIT berths. Princeton captured the NIT title in 1975. Perhaps Carril's greatest win was his final upset victory on a backdoor cut to give Princeton the win 43 - 41 over the 1995 defending NCAA champion UCLA. The win extended Coach Carril's retirement by one game and is ranked as one of the best NCAA upsets of all time.

After his retirement from Princeton, Carril served as an assistant coach for the NBA's Sacramento Kings until 2006. During his time with Sacramento, Carril helped Rick Adelman, who became the Kings' head coach in 1998, install the Princeton offense.

Pete Carril returned to the Sacramento Kings during the 2008-2009 season as a consultant.

Former Princeton Tigers men's basketball coach Sydney Johnson and his predecessors Bill Carmody, John Thompson III and Joe Scott have all employed the Princeton offense.[3]

  1. ^ Shelburne, Ramona (November 2, 2012). "Kobe stresses patience with offense". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ Feigen, Jonathan (October 7, 2007). "Rockets wowed by Adelman's offense". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Plutnicki, Ken (2009-02-10). "The Quad Q.& A.: Princeton Coach Sydney Johnson". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 


  • "Princeton Offense Keeps Hoyas on the Move", Washington Post, Mike Wise, March 23, 2006; Page E12.
  • "On the Offensive: Inside the Wizards "Princeton Offense"",, Dave Johnson, December 28, 2006
  • "Reading (the defense) is fundamental", Fran Fraschilla; ESPN.
  • DeForest, Lee: "Secrets of the Princeton Offense," Coach Princeton Basketball
  • "Hoyas arrive at Atlanta through back door" Randy Hill / Special to, 3/28/2007[permanent dead link]
  • "Race and the Georgetown Offense" by Sean Gregory for Time Magazine, March 29, 2007
  • "Carril Is Yoda to Notion of Perpetual Motion" New York Times, March 30, 2007
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