Posts Tagged ‘offensive basketball plays’
This offseason series will look at plays from each team that they relied on throughout the year and the variations they ran off each set. To see the rest of the series, click on the ‘Offensive Staples’ category at the end of this post.
The Washington Wizards had the lowest offensive rating in the NBA last season, scoring 100.2 points per 100 possessions. In the series of clips presented below, the Wizards get several good looks out of this flare screen action but have trouble converting the open shot. Don’t let that be a deterrent to the bigger point, which is the action that led to the shot.
The set begins with a pass from the wing to the top of the key. The passer (John Wall) then cuts baseline, where he receives a double screen. This gives the illusion that the play is designed for the player using the double screen but this cut just sets up the flare screen.
In the biggest game of BracketBusters weekend, I came away impressed with Utah State’s execution in the halfcourt. This play came early in the game and was a well designed play to take advantage of the defense focusing in on Utah State’s best player, Tai Wesley.
Wesley comes off a down screen to receive the pass from teammate James Walker. As he catches the ball, we see a backscreen on the opposite wing, set for Pooh Williams by Nate Bendall. A backscreen is probably the best way to get an alley oop facing a half court man to man defense, since it is the most likely way to get an offensive player moving toward the basket unguarded. The key is a well executed back screen to free up the intended player.