How to Set a Perfect Basketball Screen [ARTICLE]
|How to Set a Perfect Basketball Screen|
|By: Kyle Scadlock
Provided by: STACK
Setting a good basketball screen or "pick" is a critical, but often overlooked fundamental skill. A screen occurs when an offensive player attempts to use their body to block or separate a defensive player from the person they are guarding.
The screen is an important and common offensive tool employed by teams to free up players to make shots or create plays for others. Setting a good screen requires you to sacrifice your body to help your team, and this effort will not show up on any stat sheet.
Ball Screens vs. Off-Ball Screens
A screen will either be set on the player defending the ball handler or on a player defending someone away from the ball.
In a ball screen you will set a pick for the ball handler, after which the ball handler will try to use the space made by the pick to create a scoring opportunity for themselves, for you or for a teammate.
In a down screen you will usually set a pick facing the basket or baseline in order for a teammate to run off of the screen into the midrange or perimeter area for an open shot.
In a flare screen or back screen you will set a pick facing away from the basket or toward a sideline to make contact with the defender's blindside or back side. This type of screen will allow your teammate to run off the screen toward the basket for an open layup or to the perimeter for an open jump shot.
Follow these steps to set effective screens:
Setting a good screen is all about getting your teammates open. It is a very selfless yet unheralded act that is vital for breaking down the defense and scoring points. Following these steps will help you become a better screener, a better teammate, and thus help your team win.