Tag Archives: Off Ball Screens

New at Bullets Forever: What to Expect from Bradley Beal’s Rookie Season

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Beyond simply putting Beal on the right side of the floor and standing around, Randy Wittman may try to use off-ball screens to get Beal to his sweet spot at the top of the key. According to Draft Express, Beal is effective at using screens, and Wittman had a few plays to free up shooters at the top of the key this past season.

One way to get Beal clean looks is by running a decoy pick-and-roll. In the video below, Wall draws the defense’s attention by running a pick-and-roll on one side of the floor, while Beal (potentially) gets a screen on the other side of the floor. The defense is threatened by Wall, so they can’t focus their attention on helping on Beal. This play worked for Jordan Crawford, so it should work for Beal, as well.

Video Breakdown of Trevor Ariza’s and Emeka Okafor’s Defense

Head over to Bullets Forever to check out a video breakdown on the two defensive-minded veterans that the Wizards just acquired.

Another part of off-ball defense is defending spot-up shooters. Ariza was solid in his recovery to spot-up shooters, ranking 87th in the NBA in points allowed per spot-up possession (Sidenote: Synergy’s defensive spot-up numbers can be a little misleading because it is difficult to assign responsibility for a particular spot-up shooter.) The defensive player will always be at a disadvantage in a spot-up situation. They can close out slowly and allow an open jumper, or they can sprint at the shooter and give up a driving lane.

Again, Ariza’s physical gifts really help him shut down spot-up shooters. Check out the clips below, as Ariza plays help defense in the lane and recovers to block his man’s shot. It’s not often you see a player cover that much ground, even in the NBA.

New at Bullets Forever: How to Use Jordan Crawford

Head over to Bullets Forever to help me figure out how to fit Jordan Crawford into a normal offense.

Instead of simply giving the ball to Crawford and letting him do his thing, the Wizards would be wise to use Nene or Kevin Seraphin to draw the defense’s attention first. Once the defense is focusing on the post, Crawford has a much better chance at getting free on a down screen. In the video below, you see how easy it is for him to get to his favorite spot on the floor by coming off of a down screen while the defense is watching a post player.

New Post at Hickory-High.com Breaking Down the Thunder Pick and Roll

How do Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden get so open despite the lack of inside presence on offense?  Why can’t defenses stop them?  Head over to Hickory High and find out!  (h/t to Chris at Smart Football)

Because Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka, and Nick Collison don’t threaten a defense, Oklahoma City has to get creative when their initial option is contained.  The first thing Oklahoma City does is use the screener to set a second off-ball screen instead of the rolling to the hoop.  Normally, a simple screen for Kevin Durant could be handled with relative ease.  But because the defense is overplaying the ball handler, there is nobody to help Durant’s man when he gets screened.  The video below shows the space this second screen creates for Durant.