See YouTube video - Why the NBA is addicted to this play.
"Away" is a secondary break play usually run after a made basket or dead ball. It can be run without the offence slowing down too much,
1 brings the ball up high on a side with 2 and 3 in the corners, 4 on the opposite wing and 5 on top, 4 and 5 stagger screen for 2.
2 can curl to the rim if X2 locks and trails.
Most of the time 2 won't get an immediate shot, 5 can turn to set a ballscreen.
See Fast breaks - Spurs strong (option a).
Good teams can flow freely from action to action.
Here 2 is not open coming off the stagger, 1 hits 5 and follows looking for a hand-back.
5 fakes a hand-back and runs a DHO with 2.
Here 2 is not a good shooter, he curls the first screen and screens for 4, who uses the stagger screen.
It's not automatically a stagger screen, here 2 curls the first screen to the basket, 4 uses 5's screen.
Reid Ouse - Secondary pin down
- 2 tight curls the 4-5 stagger, forcing X5 to flatten out, then 4 uses 5, with no hedge by X5 on the secondary pin-down. Another option is that 2 backcuts, 4 uses 5.
The point guard can attack the rim, the play creates space and the stagger screen occupies defenders.
They can also get a backcut from the corner.
Defences can use "top-lock" to counter the play, X2 does not let 2 use the screens.
2 takes what the defence gives and cuts to the basket, 4 uses 5's screen.
To get 5 the ball for a 3-point shot, 2 curls the stagger, X5 will help, 5 pops out for a pass and shot.
See Fast breaks - Spurs strong (option e).
Or 2 gets a pass from 1 and throws it back to 5, often X5 will sag back.
Another option is for 2 to curl the first screen, 5 pops out.
2 uses the stagger screen for a pass.