NBA Pick & Roll D 101 (Updated)

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Linked below is a set of 4 videos Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Phil Handy did with trying to explain the team’s ball screen coverage package. The 4 videos are loaded with good teaching points and give you a glimpse of the sophistication of pick and roll defense in the NBA. Big thanks to Chris Oliver of Basketball Immersion for sharing.


Ball-Handler’s Defender

-Keep ball squared
-Get into ball handler’s body
-At point of screen, skinny up and fight over the top of the pick

Screener’s Defender

-LEO Communication: loud, early, often
-“Strong” = screen coming up the right / “Weak” = screen coming up the left
-Trap: laterally move to pick great player (Steph Curry) to pick up his dribble
-Drop: corral the ball-handler and don’t let the roll man get behind you
-Show: make the ball handler veer out. Impact the ball and make it go away from the basket. Recover with high hands in the passing lane to make the pass difficult

For more on ball screen defense:
Steve Clifford Coaching U notes
Stan Van Gundy clinic notes
Clippers adjust pick & roll coverages
Pelicans’ Erman emphasizing defense
Spurs assistant Ime Udoka on ICE-ing ball screens

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