Overview of the Play
This play starts in a box set and has numerous scoring opportunities including a shooter cutting off a double-screen for the shot, a post player diving to the rim, and a pick-and-roll with great spacing if none of the first two options are open.
- Your best shooter should start on the weak-side elbow.
- Your best pick-and-roll player should inbound the basketball.
- The post player that you want to screen on the pick should start on the ball-side low block.
Setup: The play begins in a box formation.
1. The play begins with 5 sliding to the high post and setting a double screen with 4.
2. 2 curls tight off 4 and 5’s double screen looking for the catch and shoot on the wing.
3. If 5 notices their defender helping, they duck to the rim for the layup.
4. 3 takes a few steps towards the rim and the pops out calling for the basketball to draw their defender out with them.
5. If no immediate scoring options are open, 1 inbounds the basketball to 2.
6. 4 and 5 immediately set a staggered down screen for 1 who cuts to the top of the key. 4 should ensure not to be too close to 5 on this staggered screen.
7. 2 takes a couple of dribbles and then passes to 1 at the top of the key.
8. 4 immediately sets a screen on 5’s defender and 5 sprints to the top of the key to set the screen for 1.
9. 4 slides down to the weak-side short corner and both wing players create the best angles possible for the drive and kick.
10. 1 uses 5’s screen and attacks the rim looking to score or dish off to an open shooter after reading the help defense.
- The point of screening for the screener is to create a lot of space for 1 to attack without the screener’s defender hedging or trapping.
- Preferably, 1 should catch on the ball-side slot to give them more room off the pick-and-roll.
- Strong screens are very important during this play. Don’t allow your players to be lazy. Set and hold until the defender fights through.