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.
TNT Ka Tropa lands Donte Greene, ex Arecibo - 1 day ago
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Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) tabbed 29-year old American forward Donte Greene (206-103kg-88, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Capitanes de Arecibo.In three games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg in Liga Americas this season. In 2008 Greene was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (28th overall). The former Syracuse University standout is in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Greene won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in... [read more]
Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) tabbed 29-year old American forward Donte Greene (206-103kg-88, college: Syracuse). He played recently at Capitanes de Arecibo. In three games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.0apg in Liga Americas this season. In 2008 Greene was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) in first round (28th overall). The former Syracuse University standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Greene won Dominican Rep. LNB championship title in 2016. He received also Big East All-Freshman Team award back in 2008 at his college time. Greene is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Greene has played previously professionally in China (Leopards), Saudi Arabia (Uhud), NBA (Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings), Puerto Rico (Atleticos and Brujos), United Arab Emirates (Al Naser and Al Sharjah) and Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo).
James White gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - 1 day ago
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American James White (203-F-93, agency: Aspire Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mahindra and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team beat NLEX RW (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-81. Mahindra is placed at 6th position in Filipino PBA. Mahindra is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more vi... [read more]
American James White (203-F-93, agency: Aspire Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mahindra and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and twenty three rebounds, while his team beat NLEX RW (#12, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 89-81. Mahindra is placed at 6th position in Filipino PBA. Mahindra is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 70.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mahindra's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (3rd best: 30.7ppg), rebounds (4th best: 20.0rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 57.6% FGP.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Blackwater. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackwater lost that game 88-95 to Rain or Shine (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Blackwater and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.3ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 22.0rpg and 3.7apg.
The third best performed player last round was American Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Phoenix (#7). McKay got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for twenty rebounds . Despite McKay's great performance Phoenix lost 82-101 to Star Hotshots (#4, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Phoenix not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McKay could try to bring Phoenix's a little bit higher in the standings. McKay has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 32.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 15.5rpg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 28 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 20 points and 27 rebounds 6. Tony Mitchell (203-F-92) of Star Hotshots - 22 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces - 28 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Louis Amundson (206-PF-82) of TNT Ka Tropa - 20 points and 8 rebounds 9. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 26 points and 12 rebounds 10. Sean Williams (208-F-86) of Globalport - 20 points and 14 rebounds
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)
D-League: Jeruta sparks late rally as Cafe France extends semis - 3 days ago
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Aaron Jeruta (173-G) emerged as the spark Cafe France badly looked for, helping the Bakers nab an 86-75 Game 2 victory over Racal on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and extend their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals series. The veteran guard unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period as the Bakers fired a 16-4 finishing kick to steal the game from the Tile Masters. 'Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He's the only veteran in the team and this was his breakthrough game,' sa... [read more]
Aaron Jeruta (173-G) emerged as the spark Cafe France badly looked for, helping the Bakers nab an 86-75 Game 2 victory over Racal on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and extend their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals series. The veteran guard unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period as the Bakers fired a 16-4 finishing kick to steal the game from the Tile Masters. 'Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He's the only veteran in the team and this was his breakthrough game,' said coach Egay Macaraya. Jeruta also had six assists and four rebounds in the win, providing the help Macaraya begged from his locals for Congolese big man Rodrigue Ebondondo Tambwe (198-C/F). Ebondo paced Cafe France with 25 markers, 22 boards, and six blocks, while John Carlo Casino (178-G) added nine points. Paul Desiderio had a bad shooting night from the field, going on a 3-of-8 from the field, but drilled the pivotal trey with 1:07 left to push the Bakers to a comfortable 79-75 lead, after battling back from a 57-43 deficit in the third quarter. Game 3 is on Tuesday at the same venue. Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) topped Racal with 14 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, while Jackson Corpuz (193-F) and Allan Mangahas (180-PG) both had 12 in the loss. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
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