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Offence
Dribble-drive ballscreens


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This ballscreen series uses dribble-drive concepts, e.g. 5 is weakside and 4 can attack the basket, see Offence - Dribble-drive basics.

For other ballscreens that can be used with dribble-drive, see Offence - Xavier middle ballscreens (Pop, Heat, Drag into 7 cut, Flip wide), Fast breaks - Versoix, Versoix specials, and Early ballscreens (relocate the post).
 
1) Loop
2) Chin
3) Gator
4) Suns
5) Over
6) Cross-five-get
7) Vandy
8) Thru
9) Get back
10) Butler action
11) Pistol up
12) 21 Flare
13) 21 Down
14) Flex-fist
15) 4-out weave
16) Dive
17) Rip (Early 1)
18) Grinnell

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1) Loop

a) Loop for 1

4 cuts through the ballside elbow area to the wing, 5 cuts off his butt to pick and roll.

Mads Olesen - through cut - on a step-back dribble by 1 (or if denied), 4 cuts to the basket then clears out opposite dribble penetration (pushing up 2 or 3).

Andrew Grantz - 4 cuts to the ballside corner if 1 uses a reverse dribble, this can be used as a pressure release.

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b) Loop for 4

1 passes to 4, loops to the wing, 5 picks and rolls.up


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2) Chin

a) For 1

5 backscreens for 4 then picks and rolls with 1, 4 replaces.

Olesen, Grantz - 4 keeps going to the corner, pushing up 2.

Option - start with a 1-to-4 pass, 5 backscreens on a return pass to 1.

Variation - 4 downscreens for 5 (Fist).

Grantz - if 4 brings the ball upcourt he can pass to 1, giving 5 a signal to backscreen.

See Fast breaks - Versoix specials (Backscreen-ballscreen), Versoix (Fist).


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On a throwback to 4, 1 can cut to the other side, creating a bigger gap in the middle.

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b) Chin for 4

1 passes to 4, 5 backscreens for 1 then picks and rolls.
 
Brad Stevens - chin to a high spread ballscreen.
 
See Zone offence - Nets chin series (4 passes to 3 and gets a return pass), Zone set plays - Nets forwards out (4 passes and basket cuts, 5 ballscreens for 3).up

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3) Gator

4 pins down for 3 who gets a pass, 5 backscreens for 1 then picks and rolls, 4 will replace.

Variation - 2 runs the baseline, 1 uses 5 then replaces 2.

See Fast breaks - Florida 2005.up


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4) Suns

a) Suns for 1

5 sprints out to pick and roll, the ballscreen can be flat or angled, 4 spaces and spots up (or dives if he is not a shooter).

Olesen - 5 sprints up to ballscreen any time 1 calls fist, he can use misdirection, sprint up like he is going to set a screen to make 1 go middle but at the last second set it on the outside. To start, 1 can pass to 2 and make a replace cut (instead of cutting through he puts on the brakes and replaces himself), on a return pass, 4 cuts through to the basket (the same action as a pull-back dribble), 5 sprints right off 4's back to ballscreen on the run, and 2 drops to the corner. 4 will hesitate under the hoop then corner cut opposite 1's penetration.
 
Xavier - 4 cuts to the weakside corner on a wing-entry pass, 1 replaces himself for a catch and has a huge gap to drive, or 5 sprints to pick and roll.

See Fast breaks - Early ballscreens (Suns).

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b) Suns for 4

1 passes to 4 and spaces away, 5 picks and rolls, the ballscreen can be flat or angled, here 3 fills behind as 5 rolls.

Option - 5 downscreens for 3 (see 21 Down, below).

Olesen - hitting 3 dragging behind is a good option, he may be open for a shot or post feed to 5 inside. You can have 1 spot up or kick back behind the ballscreen.

See Offence - Bill Self ballscreen.up

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5) Over

Jerry Petitgoue - 1 passes to 4 and follows to ballscreen.

Variation - 1 brush cuts, or makes a dribble handoff.

Option - Utah screen - any time the perimeter big (4 or 3) catches the ball, he can pass and follow to ballscreen.

Marc Hart - Bulldog - a dribble-drive pass-and-screen option, any time you pass, ballscreen or screen away.
 
Dave Clarke - motion away - 4 will pass and screen away, instead of setting a ballscreen.
 

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6) Cross-five-get

a)

1 passes to 2, cross-screens for 5 and clears weakside, 5 ballscreens (it can be a flat screen, allowing 2 to go left or right), and can roll or pop.

4 can dive weakside if he is not a shooter.

Olesen - if 5 is a dominant big, post up then ballscreen.

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b)

Olesen - as a variation, 1 dribbles out 2, who sets the screen for 5, 1 gets the ballscreen.

This can be a denial counter.up

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7) Vandy

1 passes to 2 and cuts to the weakside corner, 4 downscreens for 5, who ballscreens, 4 goes weakside.up

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8) Thru

1 passes to 2, basket cuts then uses 5 and 3 (Milwaukee Bucks Swing), 2 passes to 4.

Olesen - 5 looks to screen every time someone cuts under him.

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4 passes to 1, 3 cross-screens for 5, 4 downscreens for 3 then goes weakside (triangle motion).

a) Cross-get

5 runs into a pick and roll with 1.

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b) Cross-fist

5 posts, 1 passes to 3, 4 comes back out to ballscreen, 5 replaces if 4 rolls.

5 can come out to ballscreen if 3 is left-handed.

See Fast breaks - Memphis, Offence - Nets.up

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9) Get back

San Antonio Spurs - 1 passes to 2, nail cuts to the weakside, 2 passes to 4, 3 clears out.

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4 passes to 1 who dribbles down into a side pick and roll with 5.up

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10) Butler action

Fran Fraschilla - 1 passes to 4 and cuts to the other corner, 4 passes to 3 and cuts to the other wing, 5 picks and rolls, 1 will fill behind the ballscreen.

Option - 1 basket cuts then exits using 5.up

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11) Pistol up

2 sets a step-up screen for 1, then uses a flarescreen from 4.

Option - 4 flarescreens for 2 then ballscreens for 1.

See Fast breaks - Nets (Pistol up).up

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12) 21 Flare

Marc Hart - 1 uses the step-up screen, 5 screens the screener, 4 downscreens for 3 to keep defenders occupied.

Tony Barone - 4 comes back to the ball if 3 curls the screen.

See Fast breaks - Memphis (Pistol).up

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13) 21 Down

Hart - 1 passes to 2 and sprints outside to the corner, 5 ballscreens then downscreens for 1 coming out of the corner, 4 pins down for 3 on the weakside.

Option - 5 picks and rolls to the basket.

Tom Izzo - 4 pins down for 3 then slips to the block.

See Offence - Izzo quick strikes (Pistol).up

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14) Flex-fist

3 flex cuts using 5 and clears, 5 ducks in then sprints into a pick and roll with 1, 4 slides away.

Option - 1 passes to 2, 5 chases to pick and roll.

Grantz - 4 spaces to the corner, 3 flex cuts to the ballside low post and replaces as 5 rolls.

See Offence - Flex specials (Fist, European play #7).up

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15) 4-out weave

1 drives middle for a kickback to 4, who dribble handoffs to 2 then pops, 5 picks and rolls.

Variations - 1 passes to 4 and blur screens, or makes a dribble handoff.

See Offence - Xavier middle ballscreens.up


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16) Dive

1 drives middle, 5 relocates, 4 dives, 3 gets a dribble handoff, 1 pops, 5 picks and rolls.

Grantz - 4 keeps going to the corner, 2 lifts.

See Fast breaks - Early ballscreens (Dive).up

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17) Rip (Early 1)

San Antonio Spurs - 1 dribbles to the right wing, 2 rip screens for 4, who ballscreens.

Option - 4 ballscreens if X4 goes under the screen (shown), or dives to post up if X4 chases over the screen.

Grantz - 2 Back - 2 backscreens for 4, pops for a pass from 1 and attacks away from the passer.

See Fast breaks - Spurs 2007 (post the trailer).up

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18) Grinnell

1 dribbles to the wing, 4 ballscreens, 2 clears and uses a stagger screen from 5 and 3.

See Fast breaks - Grinnell, Nets (called play when both bigs trail).
 
Ben Jacobson - if your point guard hands off on the wing, consider running him off a double screen to the other side of the court.up


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