I loved this idea from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor to get inside the mind of Klay Thompson, the NBA’s most dangerous player without the ball. This is a great article for coaches and players alike. Klay offers a dozen coaching pointers on reading/navigating screens as a shooter. My man Jon Giesbrecht put out a video on JJ Redick that I thought captured some of the concepts discussed in this article.
He stops and goes, jukes and pivots, leans and hops, and weaves around his teammates’ screens to create space to unleash his jumper. Few players move as much as Thompson, who logged an average 1.3 miles per game on offense over each of the past two seasons, ranking in the top 20 for distance, per NBA.com. “He has a great feel and a sense for moving without the ball like Reggie Miller did, like Rip Hamilton did,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “There’s constant movement with an understanding of angles.”
For more on Klay Thompson:
-Golden State’s transition screens for Klay (LINK)
-The genesis of the Warriors O (LINK)
-How the Warriors mastered the art of moving without the ball (LINK)
-Thompson – Off Ball Movement 16/17 (LINK)