This article has been generously shared with the Coach's Clipboard by Coach Joao da Costa (JC) who played professional basketball in Europe. He subsequently moved to the United States to expand his knowledge of the game and train to be a basketball coach, and now lives in Seattle, Washington. Coach JC started his coaching career in the United States and coached in the Seattle area before going on the road to develop his coaching techniques. Coach JC has participated in practices and observed the coaching techniques of some of the best NCAA Coaches in the country: Coach Mike Krzyzewski , Coach Roy Williams , Coach Eddie Sutton , Coach Hubie Brown , Coach Tom Newell , Coach Bob Bender ... just to name a few. Coach JC has been coaching in USA for several years, ABA, WBA, ProAm as well as internationally, and has conducted coaches clinics and basketball camps around the World. He has been a featured guest speaker on both the national and international level. You can visit Coach JC's web-site at http://www.jcbasketballhoops.com.
For illustrations of the defensive plays featured in this article, you can visit http://www.coachesclipboard.net/mobile/BasketballDefensePicknRoll.html for the image demonstrations of each.
Basketball Defense - Defending the Pick and Roll by Coach Joao da Costa
Defending the Pick and Roll
Always try to disrupt the offense. Pressuring the ball makes dribbling and passing more difficult, and increases the chances of an offensive mistake. To defend the pick and roll at the wing or centerfield, here are some tactics:
* Trap the dribbler and go over the screen. * Hard show and go over. * Pinch, squeeze, or push up and under or through. * Trap and aggressively switch the rescreen. * Show and go under. * Stop the dribbler and go over. * Jump out to stop the ball and go through. * Hug the screener and go under. * Jump and trap the dribbler early before the screen can be set. * Defend the roll man with a big-to-big rotation. Note: On the weak side make sure to cover the top, elbow, and box. * Switch pick and roll - you can always switch equal size players. * Short-clock situations - switch regardless of size.
I think the most difficult play to defend in all of basketball is the Pick and Roll. Here are some options to defend against the Pick and Roll.
High Pick And Roll (Quick Slip)
X5 zone up. X1 fights over the screen. 01 dribbles to the elbow for a shot or passes to 02 at wing. 05 rolls to the basket. Rotation: X5 helps and recovers then quickly picks up 05. Weakside players help and recover and stay with their individual opponents.
High Pick And Roll (Trap)
X1 and X5 trap 01. 01 reverses the ball to 05.
High Pick And Roll (Rotation)
05 reverse the ball to 01 and down screens for 03. X5 steps back and lets X3 go through the screen to assume a denial position against 03. X2 takes 02 at wing.
High Pick And Roll (Hug)
When 05 sets a screen for 01. X5 hugs 05 and allows X1 to cut behind him. The "HUG" is another option to help X1 get back quickly to 01.
High Pick And Roll (Step Back Get Through)
When 05 sets a screen for 01. X5 steps back and lets X1 to go through.
High Pick And Roll (Stop Penetration)
X1 fights over the screen. X4 zone up and stop 01 to go all the way to the basket. If 04 rolls to the basket X4 takes him. X5 stays with 05. X3 goes over the screen to deny the ball.
High Pick And Roll (Re-Screen)
Step 1 X1 goes over the screen. X5 hedges and recovers.
Step 2 X5 steps back. X1 goes under the screen.
Note: On the screen-rescreen the dribbler's defender goes over the first screen. On the rescreen he goes under. Typically the second screen is solid, so X5 zones up and plays centerfield to prevent 05 from rolling to the basket and/or stops 01 from shooting or penetrating. Also X5 can trap 01 with X1.
High Pick And Roll (Trap and Reverse Pass)
Step 1 X1 goes over the screen. X4 stops 01 at elbow.
Step 2 Rotation: 01 reverses the ball to 04. 04 is an excellent shooter. X4 rotates to 04 and contests the shot. X1 stays with 01 by denying the pass. Players X2 and X3 assume a pass denial against 02 and 03.
High Pick And Roll (Shooter and Trap)
Step 1 01 is a good shooter. X1 fights over the screen and traps 01 with X4. 04 rolls to the basket and X5 rotates to pick up 04. 05 pops out.
High Pick And Roll (Shooter and Rotation)
Step 2 01 passes to 05. X4 closes out against 05. X2 assumes a pass denial against 02.
High Pick And Roll (Transition Offense)
Step 1 Player 04 inbounds the ball to 01. 01 dribbles up the court and passes to 03 at wing then cuts to the ballside corner. 04 screens for 01.
Step 2 04 sets a pick for 01. X1 goes over the screen. 03 reverse pass to 01 at top of the key. Quickly, 05 comes out to ball screen for 01.
Note: 01 likes to penetrate to the basket.
Step 3 01 goes all the way to the basket. X1 fights over the screen. X5 follows 01 to the basket to block the shot. X2 helps and recovers to 02. X4 assumes a pass denial against 04.
High Pick And Roll (Transition Offense Top)
Step 1 05 inbounds the ball to 01. 01 advances up the court. 05 ball-screens for 01 at top of the key. X1 goes under the screen. X4 zones up.
High Pick And Roll (Transition Offense Ball Screen)
Step 2 01 reverses the ball to 05 at top of the key. 05 passes to 03 then ball screens 03 and rolls to the wing. 03 drives to the elbow for a shot. X5 closes-out against 03 to contest the shot. X3 takes 05.
High Pick And Roll (Last Seconds of the Game) X1 must go over the screen to prevent 01 from shooting or penetrating. X5 zones up to stop 01 and if 05 rolls to the basket X5 quickly takes 05. X2 and X3 stay with their opponents by denying the ball.
Note: When the clock is running out, you can switch regardless of size or trap.
Wing Pick And Roll (Dive) X1 goes over the screen. X5 hedge and recovers and rotates against 04. X4 takes 05.
Wing Pick And Roll (Slip Follow) 05 back-screens 01 and rolls to the basket. X5 takes 05. X1 goes over the screen. X2 shows and recovers against 01.
Wing Pick And Roll (Fade) 05 ball screens for 01 and fades toward the ballside wing. X1 goes over the screen. X5 hedge and recovers against 05.
Wing Pick And Roll (Switch)
Step 1 05 sets a solid screen against X1. 01 dribbles over the top. X5 switches with X1 and pushes 01 uphill.
Note: Communication is a must in this situation, X5 has to shout saying "Switch".
Step 2 X5 switches again by taking 05 and X1 back to 01.
Note: Make sure that X5 pushes 01 away from the three point line to switch with X1.
Wing Pick And Roll (Drive)
04 back screens X2 and rolls into the lane. X5 rotates to 04 and X4 stops 02 from going to the basket.
Wing Pick And Roll (Trap Corner)
05 back-screens for 01 and rolls to the basket. X4 rotates to 05. X3 takes 04. X2 drops to the middle of the box guarding 02 and 03. X1 and X5 trap 01 at corner.
Wing Pick And Roll (Pop Out)
05 back screens for 1 and pops out to the ballside wing. 01 passes to 05. X2 closes out to 05. X3 moves to the top of the key.
Wing Pick And Roll (Pass Release)
Rotation:X2 closes out on the pass release against 05. X5 takes 05. X3 closes out on 03. X4 fronts 04 at low post.
Wing Pick And Roll (Transition Offense Switch)
Step 1 04 sets a pick against X5. X4 switches with X5 and takes 05.
Step 2 X1 goes over the screen and pushes 01 up the hill. X4 takes 05. X5 takes 04 inside the box.
Marcus Simmons (ex Phoenix) signs at Drive - 18 hours ago
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Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Te... [read more]
Grand Rapids Drive landed 29-year old forward Marcus Simmons (198-98kg-88, college: USC, agency: Interperformances). He played in the summer at Phoenix in Filipino PBA league. In three games he averaged impressive 18.7ppg, 11.0rpg, 4.0apg and 1.0spg. Simmons ended the last season at the Bulls. But the most of that year he spent at another team Fort Wayne Mad Ants where in 49 games he had 6.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Simmons was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in sixth round (88th overall). The former University of Southern California standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Simmons played in the final of D-League in 2015. He received also All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time. Simmons has played previously professionally in Japan (Yokohama B-Corsairs) and D-League (Canton Charge).
Fajardo number one in Philippines for round 8 - 1 day ago
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Center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked SM Beermen, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 27-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Rain or Shine (#3, 5-3) 107-101. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen have a solid 8-1 record. Fajardo has many years... [read more]
Center June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked SM Beermen, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8. The 27-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Rain or Shine (#3, 5-3) 107-101. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed SM Beermen to consolidate first place in the Filipino PBA. SM Beermen have a solid 8-1 record. Fajardo has many years of experience at SM Beermen, through which he has constantly improved. June Mar Fajardo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.0ppg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg and 65.5% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Terrence Bill Romeo (180-PG-92) of league's second-best Globalport. Romeo had a very good evening with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Globalport to another comfortable win 110-96 over the lower-ranked NLEX RW (#11, 2-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Globalport to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Romeo is one of the most experienced players at Globalport and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.6ppg (#1). He also recorded 5.9 assists per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was forward Reynel Hugnatan (193-F-78) of Meralco Bolts (#12). Hugnatan scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Hugnatan's great performance Meralco Bolts lost 92-105 to slightly higher-ranked Mahindra (#10, 2-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Meralco Bolts can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-7 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hugnatan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hugnatan has a very solid season. In 8 games in Philippines he scored 13.0ppg. He also has 5.6rpg, FGP: 51.8% and 3PT: 42.9%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Calvin Abueva (190-F-88) of Alaska Aces - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Vic Manuel (193-F-87) of Alaska Aces - 25 points and 8 rebounds 6. Jayvee Casio (178-PG-86) of Alaska Aces - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of SM Beermen - 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Mac Belo (190-F-93) of Blackwater - 21 points and 7 rebounds 9. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Sean Anthony (193-F-86) of NLEX RW - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Blackwater continued their impressive rise in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup, while the Hotshots caught a big fish by winning over TNT. Game Capsules: BLACKWATER ELITE over ALASKA ACES, 103-100 The Blackwater Elite snapped a two-game losing skid after holding off a comeback attempt from the Alaska Aces, 103-100, to move back up the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup standings on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Mac Belo scored 21 big points, including a crucial three-pointer that ended an... [read more]
Blackwater continued their impressive rise in the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup, while the Hotshots caught a big fish by winning over TNT.
BLACKWATER ELITE over ALASKA ACES, 103-100 The Blackwater Elite snapped a two-game losing skid after holding off a comeback attempt from the Alaska Aces, 103-100, to move back up the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup standings on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Mac Belo scored 21 big points, including a crucial three-pointer that ended an 11-0 Alaska run, while Roi Sumang scored 19 points - 17 of those in the second half - to lead Blackwater to their fifth win in nine games this conference.
Ronjay Buenafe added 16 points, Art Dela Cruz chipped in with 13 while Raymond Aguilar added 10 for the Elite.
Calvin Abueva posted 23 points and 14 rebounds while JVee Casio also added 23 points to lead Alaska, which dropped behind Blackwater at 4-4. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Mac Belo (BLA) - 21pts, 7rebs, 2stls, 1blk, 2 triples. Calvin Abueva (ALA) - 23pts, 14rebs, 2asts, 1blk.
STAR HOTSHOTS over TNT KA TROPA, 88-77 The Star Hotshots turned in a terrific defensive performance as they shackled the TNT KaTropa for a crucial 88-77 victory in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Star got a total team effort with Ian Sangalang leading the way with 14 points while Aldrech Ramos and Allein Maliksi each added 13.
Paul Lee finished with 10 points while Jio Jalalon had nine. Mark Barroca finished with eight points but tallied a team-high five assists and Marc Pingris had seven but grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
Where the Hotshots' effort stood out, though, on the defensive end, where they held the KaTropa way below their conference average of just over 100 points. Star only gave up 12 points in the first quarter and allowed just 15 in the fourth period in a strong defensive stand.
Star was able to hassle TNT star Jayson Castro to just 26-percent shooting from the field. Despite that, 'The Blur' was able to finish with 16 points thanks to 7-for-10 shooting from the free throw line.
Ranidel De OCampo scored a game-high 21 points for TNT.
With the win, Star (4-4) joined a five-team logjam at fifth to nine places, which also includes TNT after their defeat knocked them down as well. Star also snapped a two-game losing streak while TNT lost back-to-back games. (Interaksyon.com)
Lines of the Game: Aldrech Ramos (STA) - 13pts, 7rebs, 1ast, 1blk, 3 triples. Ranidel De Ocampo (TNT) - 21pts, 3rebs, 4 triples.
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