Purpose: To practice using and reading screens in a live, game-type situation with defenders.
Drill: Two offensive players, two defensive players, and one coach or passer at the top.
This is a live situation right from the start of the drill. The two offensive players can either downscreen or backscreen for each other in an attempt to get open. Ultimately, their objective is to score.
If the ball is passed to the wing, the player down low can post up. If a shot is not available, they can pass back to the coach and re-screen.
The offensive players attempt to set good screens, set up their defenders, and read their defenders, and make the appropriate cut.
The defensive players attempt to get the basketball by way of turnover, steal, or defensive rebound.
- I generally use this drill as an offensive breakdown drill. You can, however, put the focus on the defensive side as you are teaching them to communicate and get through screens.
- As players gain more knowledge and understanding, feel free to incorporate any type of screen.
- Make drill more competitive by allowing the defenders to become the offense if they don’t give up a basket or don’t foul.