Now that Ray Allen is gone, we probably won't see this set as often. However, when Allen was there, the Celtics ran this play more effectively than any other team in the league.
Trust me; if you've watched Boston, you've seen the misdirection before, but for those of you who may be unfamiliar with it, I'll explain.
The misdirection generally starts with the point guard passing to one of his wings. The point guard then cuts through the paint and circles back to the spot on the floor where he originally passed the ball. As this is happening, the wing dishes the ball of to one of the big men out on the perimeter.
The big man then hands the ball back off to the point guard as the point guard is finishing his "route" and then sets a screen for the wing. The point guard then passes the ball off to his wing for what is intended to be an open jump shot. The key to all of this though? The basketball stays on one side of the floor the entire time, hence the name "misdirection."
I understand that that is a lot to digest, so click here to see a great video which demonstrates it.
The C's mainly ran this for Allen, but they did run it for Paul Pierce on occasion as well. Jason Terry and Courtney Lee may be new candidates for that role this season.
Still, don't expect to see Boston go with this set as often as it used to. Being the all-time three-point leader, Ray was absolutely perfect for it. Now that he is no longer a Celtic, expect to see the Celtics open up the book a little bit more.