EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE

Box Double Creates Kickout 3-Pointer

Dribble penetration on the left shifts defensive focus allowing your bigs to set a double screen for a shooter coming from the right block to the left wing.

WHY USE IT
Dribble penetration toward the baseline forces the defense to collapse, which opens the perimeter for a potential open jumper. 

SET UP
The point guard is dribbling the ball on the left side of the floor. Your forwards are at opposite elbows with 2 on the weak-side block and 3 slightly higher than the ball-side block.

HOW TO PLAY
4 shifts down and screens for 3. 3 pops to the perimeter and receives a pass from 1 [diagram 1].

3 catches the ball and attacks the left side of the floor with the dribble. 1 clears to the opposite side. 4 and 5 step into the lane and set a double screen for 2. 2 comes to the high side off the double screen and curls to the left wing [diagram 2].

3 gets close to the baseline and kicks out a pass to 2. 2 catches and shoots as 4 and 5 crash the boards [diagram 3]. 

TECHNIQUE
This is similar to an elevator play but coming from a different angle, which makes it difficult for the shooter to run between the screeners. The double screen still is effective because it traps multiple defenders in the lane and creates more shooting space for 2 coming to the perimeter.

    1. This initial screen is important to get the ball into 3’s hands on the wing and allow 3 to have space to attack the baseline

    2. 3 dribble-attacks the baseline – not necessarily going to the rim unless the lane is open
    3. 4 and 5 come together to set a double screen on the right side of the lane so 2 can curl around it

    4. 2 comes free on the left wing, catches the pass and shoots with the defenders trapped in the lane
    5. 4 and 5 make sure to hold the double screen to pick off the defenders, then go straight to the hoop for an offensive-rebound possibility

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