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San Antonio Spurs Pick & Roll Hi-Low

Early in Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs ran this pick & roll action which ended with a hi-low feed from Splitter to Duncan. Spacing the floor with 2 (Parker) and 3 (Green) prevented the defense from shading to the ball side in order to alter an easy catch & shoot from the perimeter.


Wichita State Shockers Quick 1 Post-Up

Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall spoke on Friday at the Men’s Final 4 NABC Convention. While he spent some time discussing his philosophy and reasons for success, he talked mostly about his Quick series and how they instructed play calls. Every dead ball or timeout, he could give his players a “1st Play” and “2nd Play” to run in the upcoming segments.

The play below is Quick 1, you may recognize it as they ran it versus Kentucky a few times in the NCAA Tournament.

To see EVERY play Wichita State ran in the 2013 Final Four you can do so in my eBook Championship Execution!


Rhody Exchange Up

The last Rhody play for this weak creates more movement amongst the bigs and results in a middle pick & roll. As 4 uses the screen from 5, 1 should look at 4 for a second as he could be open. However, that is a tough passing angle so more than likely 1 will keep it. (If you want to feed 4, 1 should quickly advance to 3 for a wing post feed).

By having 5 set a screen for a player to the rim the goal is to get X5 to help momentarily and cause him to be late on the pick & roll. As a result, you will have three options of a attack:

1.  1 attacking the rim
2. 1 throwing back to 5 at the free-throw line for a jumper
3. X2 helps on penetration and kick to 2 for a shot

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Rhody Triple

This Rhody play is one of my favorites as it incorporates a ton of movement to put the defense in compromising positions. In Frame 2, as 3 starts attacking the rim, the triple stagger will occupy most (if not all) of the weak side defense as they become concerned with guarding the stagger screen. If 3 cannot get to the rim, look to throwback to 2, or 4/5 slipping to the rim after setting their screens.

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Screening Angles for Success

As coaches, we are always looking for new plays to put our players in scoring situations and ultimately win more games. These plays usually come from 1 of 3 sources, DVD, clinic (notes), or live television. Every coach is able to teach their players plays, but not every coach teaches the play to be  most effective. I wanted to take a few minutes today and speak on a topic that many coaches do not put enough emphasis on, the angles at which screens are set.

There are four main types of screens in basketball: Ballscreens, Downscreens (wide pin-downs), Cross-screens, and Backscreens. Before I dive into each type of screen there is one common theme that must be followed, the player receiving the screen must be patient and wait for the screener. Failing to be patient will result in a poor screen and/or an offensive foul on the screener.


Setting a ballscreen is only effective if the screener actually makes contact with the on-ball defender and forces the defense to help. Too many times players set ballscreens in their offense and continually fail to make contact on their screens, yet coaches continue to run the play. Setting the most effective ballscreens is a two part system, as I mentioned earlier the ball handler must be patient and wait for the screen and the player setting the screen must set it at an angle on the defense that stops them in their tracks.

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