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With the FIBA EuroBasket tournament underway in Slovenia and with six spots available for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, we’ll look at some offensive and defensive strategies from this tournament. Follow along on ESPN3.
Former Boston College scorer Tyrese Rice has found himself a home in European basketball, carving out a successful career professionally and making his debut with the Montenegrin national team after securing a passport earlier this summer. Rice has led the team to a successful start in EuroBasket, winning their opening game before dropping their second game to Latvia by one point.
Rice showed against Latvia that he can shred a pick and roll defense, as he made every right decision based on how the defense was playing. He took jump shots when available, drove to the rim and fed the screener when the defense cheated toward him. Although it didn’t lead to a win against Latvia, teams are going to have trouble defending this action if Rice plays like he did today.
The first pick and roll sequence had Latvia sag off the action with the screener’s defender to try to take away penetration and not force the defender into a tough spot by having to hedge on the screen. However, he was too far back, which gave Rice plenty of space to release the uncontested jump shot.
The frame below shows the amount of space given to Rice out of the ball screen right before the release of the shot. This defense is often utilized but the screener’s defender needs to be a step or two closer to the three point line. This will still take away dribble penetration and allow the recovery to the roll man while being able to contest a jump shot. Latvia didn’t execute well here and they gave up an open shot.
With the FIBA Americas tournament underway in Venezuela and with four spots available for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, we’ll look at some offensive and defensive strategies from this tournament. Follow along on ESPN3.
It seemed as though it took Uruguay a few minutes to adjust to the game speed of the tournament, as their game against Jamaica represented their opening game but Jamaica’s second. It allowed Jamaica to jump out to an early lead but Uruguay eventually fought their way back to a two point win.
Part of the reason that Jamaica was able to get the lead early on was their ability to execute the pick and roll and get a bucket or draw a foul. While Jamaica looked strong out of this set in the beginning of the game, Uruguay looked sluggish and unable to react to the quick pace of the game. By the second quarter, they had changed their strategy and mitigated the effect of the pick and roll.
First, let’s look at how this play worked for Jamaica in the first quarter. Uruguay began by hedging on the ball handler, as seen below. Uruguay was clearly concerned with the dribble penetration of Jamaica’s guards, so they hedged on the ball screen to slow down penetration.
In Part 1, it was shown how Al Jefferson will immediately improve the Bobcats offense through his post skills, both his scoring ability as well as his passing prowess, which will open up opportunities for players such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Ben Gordon.
Jefferson will also impact the way that the Bobcats run and utilize the pick and roll with Kemba Walker. Walker was the key to the Bobcats being ranked 3rd in the league in plays categorized as pick and roll ball handler, as the Bobcats scored 0.84 points per possession (PPP), while using this type of play 15.2% of the time. Their roll man stats weren’t as good, as they ranked 28th on only 0.84 PPP.
While Walker played a main role in the Bobcats being so good in pick and roll situations, Bismack Biyombo played just as integral a part in these plays. While it is no shock that Biyombo offers little on the offensive end, which was illustrated through his post game in the previous post, he offers some other aspects to the team. He is a great screener and it shows in the pick and roll game.
The following clips show how Walker was able to use these screens by Biyombo to get to the rim easily or take advantage of a matchup against a bigger, slower player. Biyombo takes pride in his screens and is less interested in rolling to the rim than he is in freeing Walker. By getting a piece of Walker’s man, Biyombo gives Walker the space needed to get to the rim.
One of the staples of the Villanova offense is the pick and roll, which they run with several of their guards. West Virginia is a team set up well to defend the pick and roll, as their big men are athletic enough to switch the screen. Here is a clip from early in the game that shows Cam Thoroughman switching the pick and roll and picking up Corey Fisher as he drives to the basket. Thoroughman can move his feet and stay with Fisher and not allow him to get a shot off.
However, Deniz Kilicli is not quite on the same level as Thoroughman or John Flowers in terms of perimeter defense. He makes an early mistake on the pick and roll but makes a nice adjustment later in the game.
If you saw the big road win by Notre Dame at Pitt Monday night, you no doubt know a lot of the win was thanks to the three straight baskets by Ben Hansbrough off the pick and roll. Here they are broken down in order starting with the first basket.
Leading by only 4 at the half, Illinois came out in the second half and fired off a barrage of long distance shots that eventually sunk the Bulldogs. Three of those makes came from 7 footer Mike Tisdale, two of which came off of the same action that Gonzaga had trouble defending.
In today’s finale of the 76 Classic, Stanford took away any pick and roll action that DePaul tried to run. They did this by hedging hard with the screener’s man or switching entirely. They did not want to give the guards the edge and this mitigated the effectiveness of any pick and roll action.
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Morehead State opened their game against Florida confidently, executing a set perfectly for a dunk for their star, Kenneth Faried.
The play is a simple screen and roll with Faried setting the screen. However, Faried reads the defense and slips the screen when he sees how the defense is playing.
Here is the initial setup. We have Faried setting the ballscreen with the ballhandler ready to use the screen.
Faried notices the defender cheats up high to hedge the ball screen. Since the defender is above Faried’s level, there is an open line to the basket. Faried makes a great read and takes what the defense gives him.
It’s a simple play, yet it is about reading the defense. Instead of setting the screen that would have been cut off, Faried slips the screen and gets an easy dunk. Slipping the screen is a crucial part of reading the defense and Faried shows he has the ability to do so.
Pitt has not run the pick and roll that many times in the first half, but Rhode Island has been ready for it when they have run the set. The Rams have shown they are not concerned with the big men rolling to the basket and are putting all their focus on the ball handler.
In this first clip, watch Rhode Island switch the pick and roll. The switching defender is able to cut off the driving Pitt player and picks up help from his teammates.
This looks to be the gameplan for the Rams, as they are focusing on the driving player and relying on the help defense to provide support and recover. As the help defense collapses, the weak side is open, but the Rams are content in giving Pitt the open three point shot.
While this gives Pitt an open 3, they cannot convert. Rhode Island is happy with this possession, as they forced the ball out of the guards hand on the pick and roll.
On the second attempt by Pitt, Rhode Island doubles the screener and forces him to give the ball up, leading to another empty possession. Rhode Island is showing no respect for Zanna and it is paying off. (Sorry for the poor quality).
Finally, we see Rhode Island again relying on the switching and help defense to defend the pick and roll. Rhode Island leaves Zanna again and focuses on the ballhandler.
They then rely on the help defense to scramble to cover the open man and recover.
This works for the Rams again, as the big men of Pitt are no threat to score from anywhere on the court. Right after this clip, they ran the pick and roll again, with Zanna missing an open layup.
That is why Rhode Island is switching/doubling the pick and roll. The big men for Pitt (Zanna/McGee) are not strong offensive players and the Rams can focus on denying the paint from the ballhandler rather than focusing on the roll men. It has worked in the first half as Pitt has not scored directly from the pick and roll.
Can Pitt adjust in the second half? Check back and see.
Last year, Jacob Pullen used 26.3% of his teams possessions while he was on the floor. There is no doubt this year he is their #1 scoring option, so I wanted to show some of the ways KSU works to get Pullen open. Some of these are called sets, some are free flowing action and some are motion actions that are a result of some of the sets KSU runs.
Here is the first set I saw that KSU runs for Pullen. With a box set with Pullen on the right block, he first sets a cross screen to open up the player in the post. He then has the option of using a double screen set at the foul line. Although Clemente dumps the ball into the post on this play, Pullen is one of the two main options on this play.
Here is a variation on that play, which has Pullen setting a cross screen for the post man and then receiving a single screen to get open at the top of the key. Again, the play goes to the post again, but Pullen is looking for a jump shot.
Here is another set they run for Pullen, which starts with him in the corner. He then gets two staggered screens set for him as he runs diagonally across the lane. His defender gets caught up in the first screen, as he is not sure how Pullen is going to use this screen. The second screener seals off his own man, allowing Pullen to get the open look.
As you will see throughout the next few videos, KSU loves to run Pullen off multiple screens and get him moving off the ball. Pullen showed he is willing to work off the ball and use screens in order to get open looks.
Running off multiple screens
As I said above, KSU loves to run Pullen off of two screens. In the following two clips, watch how KSU sets the staggered screens in various places on the court. In the first clip. we see it on the opposite side of the lane. In the second clip, we see it on the baseline.
The screeners did a great job of getting a piece of Pullen’s man as he was using the screens. Call it a moving screen if you want, but they were effective in getting Pullen open. As I showed in his scouting post, jump shooting is one of strengths and I am sure KSU will continue to run him off screens this season.
Pick and Roll
Pullen also runs the pick and roll for KSU, although I think he could become much more effective with this action this year. Watch this first clip and notice how he does not turn tightly around the screen but rather loops past it, ruining any chance of him getting to the basket. However, he does do a good job of finding the roll man for the basket but you can see how he is not really looking to create for himself.
When Pullen does use the pick and roll for himself, he likes to split the defense. Watch here as he comes around the screen and splits the defense to get to the lane.
From the other PNR sets I saw Pullen run, he usually loops around the screen and does not really use the screen that well. The PNR can be a major weapon for college teams, as most college big men don’t quite have the grasp on how to defend the entire action yet.
Now KSU does not run much isolation for Pullen, so that may be why he is uncomfortable creating off the PNR. I really hope this was a point of emphasis for him this summer, as he could become a much better offensive player if he felt comfortable creating off the pick and roll.