Stevens’ Set For Shooting Big Man

Grab this set from one of the best play designers in the game — Boston’s Brad Stevens — to use a decoy off a double screen in setting up a shooter.


A lot of teams love running a double screen to the weak side to have a shooter come free across the lane. This set starts with that action, but is effective as one of the screeners turns and picks off the other screener’s defender as he pops to the perimeter.


The point guard is dribbling on the right side with a player posting on that side. The other three players are on the weak side, including a decoy shooter in the corner.


4 and 5 move into position to set a weak-side double screen for 2. 2 curls around the double screen flashing through the lane with hands up looking for a pass. 2 is a decoy [1]. 4 then turns and picks off 5’s defender.
5 pops outside the 3-point line. 2 and 3 clear outside the lane. 1 passes to 5 [2]. 5 shoots on the catch as 4 holds the screen. 3 moves into rebounding position [3].


The play works perfectly because 4’s defender already is playing on the low side, so when 4 picks off 5’s defender, there is no one left to guard 5’s shot. Switch 3 and 5 to place a better shooter in position (if that is the case), provided 3 is a good screener.

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