The side ball screen has become a very popular action in today’s game (for me, it’s even over used). Many teams are doing the side ball screen in the swing, motion, secondary, sets, and every other imaginable offense. As more and more teams use this, you need to have some wrinkles to use when teams wise up and start to defend it by using defensive looks such at Coach Tony Barone’s “Blue” where the post drops to the block and the player on the ball pushes the dribble back to the baseline.
Many times in the side pick and roll your “5” is your best player, best athlete, and plays the 5 only because they are the tallest player (hate when this is done, but that’s for a different time). If you just have him simply screen and roll to the basket you are not using him to his full potential. And if he is a high IQ player, you need to allow him a little bit more freedom within the action to adapt to the situation in front of him.
This article was written to address both of these issues with the side pick and roll. This will show you some options that you can give to your screener to mix the action up and give the screener some freedom. By mixing the action up, you become less predictable and harder to guard. You can also use these as calls, or as I prefer, teach them to your big as reads based on the defense.
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