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THE PICK-AND-ROLL OFFENSE
By far, the fastest growing offense in basketball on a
variety of levels of competition is the pick-and-roll offense.
This offense is a variation of the motion offense and it has the ability
to create headaches for defenses. Because of this, more and more
teams are using it to beat the defense and score with a greater level of
Advantages of the Pick-and-Roll Offense
One advantage of the pick-and-roll offense is that the offense is difficult to
defend. The defense can be beat in so many ways by how the defense decides
to play the offense. With these reads, which will be mentioned later in
the article, the pick-and-roll offense takes what the defense gives the offense
and exploits it.
Second, the pick-and-roll offense can incorporate many more players in the
offense. Different types of offenses are designed around only a certain
number of players. The pick-and-roll offense is set up so that more
players can get involved whether they are going to screen the basketball or
handle the basketball coming off of a ball screen.
Third, the pick-and-roll offense is a flexible offense in that a variety of
personnel can run the offense. Some offenses require a certain type of
personnel to be run effectively. Because the many ways that the
pick-and-roll offense can be run, basketball teams are able to use different
personnel and still use the same offensive concepts.
Finally, the pick-and-roll can be run as either a set or as an actual offense
when the play breaks down. In this article, the offense will be presented
as both a set and as an actual offense that can be run when the play breaks
down. More importantly, when run as a set, it can be a quick-hitting set
that results in open shots or scores at the rim in relatively short order.
Disadvantages of the Pick-and-Roll Offense
One disadvantage in the pick-and-roll offense is that
the players who handle the basketball will need to have the ability to
both drive to the basket and shoot the long-range jump shot. The
way in which teams have found success on defense against the
pick-and-roll offense is that the defense knows who the shooters and
drivers are in any offense. If you have players who can do both
off of a ball screen, the player will thrive in the offense. If
not, those players will be scouted and the defense will take away from
the offensive player what they want to do best.
One last disadvantage in running the pick-and-roll
offense is that you need to make sure that your ball screeners and
ball-handlers are not susceptible to switches. If you can set any
kind of screen and put the defense in a position to where they can
ill-afford to switch it, any screening offense works. However, if
you cannot get this done, switches are likely to occur which will result
in problems for the offense. In fact, every coach who runs any
kind of offense with screens will want the defense to not switch so it
it important the the defense not be given a good opportunity to switch.
Middle Pick-and-Roll Offense
The first type of pick-and-roll offense set is the
middle pick-and-roll. Here, a set is designed with a ball screen
set high for the point guard (Diagram 1). In the example shown in
Diagram 1 is with the low post on the help-side. The post can be
on either side depending upon the play.
Another way to get into a middle pick and roll with
the low post on the help side is to have a back screen set for #4 by
#5 who then sets the ball screen (Diagram 2). The point guard
can throw the lob to #4 or come off of the ball screen.
If they ball-handler is denied the opportunity to
use the ball screen, he can penetrate and attack the rim (Diagram
3). Off of this, the ball-handler can kick to any of the other
four players or take it to the basket for a lay-up.
If the ball screen does not result in a scoring play
for the ball-handler, there are a number of options available.
However, if we are put in a position to throw the ball into the
corner on the middle pick-and-roll with the low post on the help
side, we will go into a side pick-and-roll play automatically
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