But that drive option is also impacted by lack of shooters.
Guys on the strong side can help cut the driving lane to the basket because they know they’ll have time to recover to their man.
I was as frustrated as anyone with our offensive flow and sets. But when you start with the baseline of “Worst or 2nd to worst shooting team in the BT”, it’s hard to think of offensive concepts that actually do work. Especially when you pair that with really only 2 guys that can get to the basket off the bounce with any sort of regularity (Andres and Ayo).
If you need three point threats for the slip screen to be really effective, and we didn’t have that, why did we keep doing it? Our main threat on pick and rolls last year was (or should have been) Ayo or Feliz driving to the basket. But to open up that option required actually holding the screen and taking out their defender, which we didn’t do.
I’d also add the quick roll requires a ball handler with really good vision and passing. They need to immediately recognize the roll, where the defense is, and hit the cutter right away, with a tough pass against a double team. Again, this was not a strength of our guards this year.
Not going after the ball handler on the screen was a great way to get blown out quick
A lot easier to defend the PnR when you can have a foot in the lane for almost all of the off ball defenders.
It’s still really hard to wrap my head around how bad of a shooting team we were this year. Honestly, we were lucky teams didn’t pack the lane as much as they should. We had just 1 player average over 31% from 3.
It was way too universal to not be something the coaches were telling guys to do. The underlying idea isn’t terrible—he’s basically saying we want to slip the screen if the screeners defender is already hedged and out of position to guard the screener. The same thing Augie used to get easy layups on in 05, diving to the rim off screens on the wing.
But we are bailing really early and it isn’t generating any offense, so whatever read they are using just isn’t working. If they’d hold and actually set the screen, you know you’ll get an advantage with the switch and put pressure on the D that way.
It’s also too predictable—slipping the screen is like backdoor cut that works best with an element of surprise.
BTW, he's been tweeting out a bunch of videos on our offense, interesting to see the open discussion of what we're doing.
BALLSCREENER=sprint IN and OUT of screen. Do NOT make contact and rather "get out" of screen as soon as two defenders have committed to the ball handler.
BALLHANDLER=get down hill (love skips) and attack the chest of the defender. Read the 3rd def to see if hit roll or shake — Stephen Gentry (@CoachSGentry) March 21, 2020
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