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The Key To Attacking Ball Screens - The Starter
- By Joe Haefner
This tip helps your team get more open lay ups and shots when attacking ball screens. It could instantly improve your team's points per possession when attacking ball screens.
However, if you're not good at this "Starter", sometimes your players can't even reach the ball screen. It can put the ball handler at risk of getting the ball stolen too. This tip helps your team avoid this.
In the video from the Attack & Counter Skill Development System, NBA skills trainer Don Kelbick explains this tip to help you attack ball screens.
As Don explains, you want to use a starter before attacking the ball screen.
By initially attacking opposite of the screen, this creates space so your players can change directions to go off the ball screen.
This makes the ball screen much more difficult to guard. It puts the ball handler's defender into recovery mode. They are in a poor defensive position and have to cover a lot more ground in order to defend the ball screen.
Also, Don Kelbick covers a few more tips for your players as you approach the ball screen.
As you come off the ball screen, you want your ball handler to change speeds. You want them to explode off the ball screen towards the middle of the floor. This forces the on-ball defender to either blast through the screener and get a foul or get caught on the screen.
Next, your ball handler pushes the ball towards the middle of the floor with two dribbles to create space. This makes the defense cover more ground and ramps up your chances of breaking down the defense and scoring.
It also can force the defense into a switch. Mostly likely, this will be a big man that your ball handler can beat off the dribble.
Even if the big man defends the initial attack, you can teach your ball handler how to better handle this situation.
You tell them to immediately stop and back up dribble towards half court.
That way, your ball handler can isolate the big man, make them uncomfortable by bringing them away from the hoop, and attack. All of the great NBA guards do this.
Also, there could even be a bigger mismatch for your player that sets the screen. There might be a guard defending your post player.
Backing up towards half court creates enough space to further isolate them and pass the ball.
We hope this tip helps your team become more effective at attacking ball screens.
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