The pick and roll is a classic basketball move. In this offensive play, a player becomes a ‘screen’ for their teammate who is handling the ball.
The objective of the pick and roll is to give the offensive team an advantage. There are four ways this can happen:
NBA Trainer DJ Sackmann discusses the concept of refusing a ball screen when the on ball defender brings the inside foot over the screen early.
A ball screen brings two offensive players together. But afterward the screen, it’s important that the ball handler and screener read the D and find space.
-The ball handler does this by ‘attacking the screen’ The Screener does this by using his ‘Screener Options’
(see below for defensive breakdown).
Game situations – This segment focuses on defending a step up screen by funneling the offensive player to the sideline and not letting him split the step up.
FSR: Feel, See and Read
When setting up the ball screen, you will be able to feel/see if your defender is:
-Trailing on your hip or your back
Players can typically start to “feel” what the coverage is by the way the on-ball defender is guarding the screen.
Before coming off the screen we want our players to “peek” at the hedger to get a feel for the coverage as well.
Before coming off the screen, the player should have a feel for the “third” defender to understand how the help side is covering. Keep in mind that this is situational; it’s based on who’s playing and the flow of the game.
It’s important the ball handler has the ability to read that defender and attack, score, or deliver the ball to the screener or third player on time and on target.
1 – Split the trap
2 – Attack the high foot of the hedger
3 – Immediately hit the roller or the pop
4 – Immediately swing the basketball
5 – Drag the big and the on ball defender out.
This allows you to pull them away from the basket and then getting rid of it to allow your teammates to have mismatch opportunities on the back end.
(Above: Pocket Pass vs Ice Coverage)
(Above: Snake the Screen)