Golden State’s “Elevator” play creates top 3

From the Golden State Warriors playbook

The ball handler initiates action with a pass, moves to the corner, comes off a screen into the lane and sprints up the middle toward the top off a pair of screens for an open shot.

Why use it

The constant action, passing and screening in this play makes it almost impossible to defend provided you have a confident shooter who has the ability to catch and shoot in rhythm. This play generates an open top-of-the-key look.

Set up

Golden State has enough players who can handle the ball, so in this case Klay Thompson (2) starts with the ball on the left side of the floor. Steph Curry (1) is on the left wing. Place a big at the top and another at the weakside elbow. A final guard is in the opposite corner.

Golden State's "Elevator" creates top 3


How to play

2 passes to 1, then 2 relocates to the ball-side corner. 1 passes to 4 at the top [1]. After passing to 4, 1 moves lower and screens for 2. 2 curls around the screen into the middle of the lane. 1 now relocates to the left wing and receives a pass back from 4 [2]. After making the pass, 4 joins 5 in moving just below the free-throw line to set a double screen for 2. 2 runs through this “Elevator” look by splitting the screeners. 4 and 5 close the opening once 2 passes through the area to trap the defender. 1 passes to 2 for the open jump shot [3].


The cut by 2 toward the hoop is important to draw defensive attention in that direction, so the double screen can trap the defender low rather than allowing him to remain closer to the perimeter.

Want more plays from the best teams in the game? My basketball coaching manual, Big Names, Big Plays has plays from top coaches such as Mike Krzyzewski, Gregg Popovich, Brad Stevens and John Calipari.

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