Evolution of Offence in European Basketball
FIBA Assist issue 41
Also see Offence - Double exit.
40% of elite European teams start man-to-man offence with a pick and roll, often double high with the two posts. Sets with screens (double exit, vertical, baseline) are used less frequently. Plays end with pick and roll (1/3), kick-out pass (1/3), low-post or high-post passes (about 15-18%), catch and shoot, cuts and offensive rebounds, 1-on-1, and special situations such as out of bounds or quick hitters. There is now much more of a tendency to use pick and roll to create 1-on-1 for big men in the low post or facing the basket from the 3-point line. In Europe there are more good power forwards who can go away and face the basket than there are centers who play with their back to the basket. Tailor plays to the individual skills of players. Team fundamentals include pick and roll, drive and kick, and the triangle of passing and collaboration with the high and low post. On dribble penetration, rotate behind the 3-point line opposite to the dribble.
Double-high pick and roll (Horns set), 1 picks a side.
1 passes to 2 and cuts through, 5 picks and rolls.
See Offence - Kowalczyk ballscreen (Point through entry).
Panathinaikos tandem pick and roll. 4 ballscreens for 1 then flares away, 5 picks and rolls for 1 to drive the other way.
5 ballscreens for 1, 4 gets a diagonal backscreen from 2, 5 vertical screens for 2 (screen the screener).
See Horns 1 Argentina.
Panathinaikos. Power forward 4 is in the corner opposite 5, who picks and rolls.
CSKA frequently uses a single pick and roll entry. 5 picks and rolls, 4 replaces. Ballside help can free shooter 3 in the corner.
Panathinaikos. 1 passes to 2 and UCLA cuts to the corner using 5, who then picks and rolls with 2, the other players spot up on the perimeter.
See Offence - Break 3.
CSKA. The ball is reversed from 1 to 3, 5 backscreens for 2, who keeps going.
With four players on the perimeter, 5 picks and rolls.
See Offence - Flex specials.
Olympiakos Athens. 4 ballscreens for 1, 2 backscreens for 5.
See Fast breaks - Florida 2005 (Gator option).
Perhaps the play that is used the most. 4 vertical screens for 2, 1 follows his pass for a hand-back.
4 screens for 3 who runs to the corner looking for a pass and shot, 5 screens for 2.
A pick and roll by 5 is a possibility.
See Horns 23 Argentina hand-back and Quick hitters - Lob options.
Among the plays that start with a pass, the most common one used is a clear-out (isolation play) that starts with a hand-off pass between the guards, followed by a flarescreen.
Panathinaikos. 5 screens for 2 to get a pass from 1, then picks and rolls.
4 and 5 screen for 2, who cuts over the screens and forces the screen defenders to step out and help, 1 passes to 2 and 3 backscreens for 5 (screen the screener).