Video and Tips: How to Move without the Ball and Get Open Shots
To score more points, your goal is simple... You want to use a variety of movements to get enough space for a wide open uncontested shot.
To get open, you'll want to use a variety of cuts and screens. You can learn about the dozens of different screens and cuts, by reviewing these offensive diagrams.
Once you have a basic understanding of different cuts and screens, you should learn some basic guidelines and tips that apply to all screens and cuts.
Here are some universal tips to help you move without the ball and score more points:
Set your man up before using the screen. In other words, before rubbing off a screen, take a step away from the screen and fake like you're going the other direction. Then you can rub off the screen. This will get your defender off balance and give you more space.
Run off screens shoulder to shoulder. There should be no space between you and the person setting the screen. This makes it difficult for the defense to "slip" through and take away your shot.
Read the defense! One of the best skills you can learn as a player is how to read the defense. If your defender cheats over the screen, then you can flare the other direction so the defender gets stuck behind the screen. If the defender denies you the ball and overplays the passing lane, then back door them cutting hard to the basket. These are just a few examples. Learn the different ways you can read the defense. This will make you a better player!
When cutting, vary your speed. In other words, you might want to take a few steps one direction at half speed, then quickly change direction sprinting off a screen. This keeps the defense guessing and off balance.
Know where your teammates are at. This comes with experience and game awareness. The better you know your teammates and your offense, the easier it will be for you to find them and use their screens.
Never stand still for more than two seconds. If you're a great shooter, keep moving. Don't stand in one spot for more than two seconds.
We suggest that you check out this excellent video by Rip Hamilton that shows you how to move without the ball. He also shows a few simple drills:
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i played last year in my school team gr 8 i move alot and bcoz i was bigger than other players was made to play forward most of my teamates stood still watching the ball and the handler tht was long ago tho never got the ball much
I love this video with Rip Hamilton. When I first started playing B-Ball, I had no idea how to play without the ball. You play 80% of the time without the ball. So it is critical to learn how to use screens. This video is awesome. Show me more!!!!
I'm going into 9th grade and I played my first year of competitive basketball with real teams and coaches last season. Because of this I have trouble knowing where to be and what to do when I dont have the ball. Is there anything that I can do to help this?
My advice would be to talk to your coaches. Some coaches have different philosophies and ways of doing things, so I would ask them what they want you to do in certain situations. If a player came up to me and asked those questions, I would hold that player in a high regard. It will make a good impression on your coaches.
Austin - The least is easy - a player who is lazy and doesn't stay focused in practice and games.
There are a lot of things that impress me as a coach.... a kid who will dive on the floor after loose balls, take charges and plays great defense. Someone who can shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor, inside and outside the arc, someone who is quick and can handle the ball / read defenses and make good decisions. Is money from the free throw line and makes his teammates better - is a team player, not SELFISH. All those are tangibles.
The intangibles are kids that have great character, are coachable and reliable and every team needs a leader.
You can use a chair to practice moving without the ball, make good V cuts and come off the chair - you can do the same with the ball.
As for setting screens without someone to set it on.... not sure about that. Come up to the chair and set a good screen, imagine your player coming off your screen and then You open up to the ball. They say the player that sets the best screen is the one who comes open the most.
Waching the drill of moving w/o the ball it a high level skills but still it gives a big help to my personal skills,ive realized how important to move time to time when playing basketball it will create so many options to score and it will develop a good habits of decieving the defender......
7/25/2013 at 11:59:53 PM
Fantastic video, reinforces all I say to my u14 boys, keep moving, move to space, watch for your teammates screen & follow your shots! Many thanks for your fantastic site - it has provided countless invaluable drills, excellent tips on coaching & thought provoking player/coach philosophy.