When I started writing on ball screens in my last post, I made mention of that it is an under-utilized tactics by motion coaches. The “read and react” nature of motion does not allow players to coordinate their spacing and timing of the ball screen. In the last article I outlined some set plays that could be used to add to a team’s motion offense but they are structured and don’t encourage “flow”. This is why I like using a ball screen oriented secondary break.
By using a ball screen in the secondary I can not only align my chess pieces in their most advantageous positions but also take advantage of a defense that is still recovering in its defensive conversion. In transition help defense is often is not established correctly and we may even see some mismatch matchups. By using that ball screen early in a possession we can create penetration, confusion, and potentially defensive rotations that if they don’t directly lead to an easy basket they nonetheless stress the defense that can be further attacked later in the shot clock.
Ball Screen Secondary I
This is a common action I have seen in transition. Here we have our lead guard passing the ball ahead to 2 on the right side of the court. He cuts to the weak side slot as 4 cuts to the rim and 3 buries himself into the corner.
This leads our team into a classic ball set up. We have 2 and 5 working the ball screen and on the opposite side we have a weakside triangle between 1,3, and 4.
We can have 5 roll to the basket or as we diagrammed below we can have him fade to the corner. This puts a tremendous strain on an opponents help defense as we are stretching them the entire width of the court with 3 and 5 in opposite corners.
Also note that we have a great option with 4 posting his defender with a duck in.
Ball Screen Secondary II
Below I have a more non-traditional setup that I really like. We once again kick the ball ahead to 2 on the wing. 1 now executes an inside cut to the strong side corner, 5 cuts to the weak side wing (we are assuming that 5 can shoot) and we now screen the ball the ball with the trailing big man.
As we have 2 coming off the ball screen, we have 4 rolling to the rim. If 2 can clean beat his man to the rim, he has a lot of space to attack the rim.
The big reason I like this set though are the other passing options for 2. He has the potential to hit the roll man himself or he can throw back to 1 to the wing. We now have a misdirection action and a great opportunity to feed the post as his defender has really been put through the ringer.
As you may have noticed, I made some major changes to this website. In this new format, I find that it works much easier with diagram postings. So look for more “Chalk Talk” articles in the coming weeks.
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