This is a basic pick-and-roll play from out of a 2-1-2 formation. The main purpose in running a pick-and-roll is to create size and speed mismatches. This play is simple to run as it can be executed at all levels of play to create a mismatch which will lead to an excellent scoring opportunity.
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This particular pick-and-roll play begins with O1 initiating it with the guard-to-guard entry pass at the top. O4 comes up to set the backscreen (pick) for O2.
O2 dribbles toward the screen and attempts to dribble as close as possible to the screener and then continues to the basket if possible.
O4 pivots and rolls to the basket looking for potential pass from O2.
O2 will look for O4, especially if the defense switches into a mismatch. If they don’t switch or if the defenders get hung up on the pick, O2 should be able to penetrate to the basket.
O5 and O3 are replacing each other on the weakside, mainly to keep their defenders occupied.