This basketball play is part of our 2015 “12 Plays of Christmas”. See all 12 basketball plays here.
Box Pick-and-Roll Option is a fantastically simple basketball play from the box set formation. It is especially useful for a team that has a point guard who can penetrate and score effectively.
It is also a good play in that it allows for other options should the point guard penetration get defended.
Players set up in a box formation. As O1 brings ball across midcourt, O4 and O5 step up to set an on-ball screen for O1.
O1 uses either screen and dribbles left or right. The direction O1 dribbles dictates which player on the block clears out. (In our diagram, O1 goes right so O2 clears opposite).
O1 attempts to penetrate for a layup or short pull-up jump shot. He can also run a pick-and-roll with O5 or even make a dump pass to O3, if O3’s defender comes over to help. Another possible option is a kickout pass to O2 on the wing or O4 at the top.
We’re not trying to confuse with too many possible options, but they are potentially available for the smart point guard. Ultimately, this is an attacking dribble drive play designed for the point guard to get his own quick, simple shot.