Jeff Van Gundy: Executing and Defending the Pick & Roll, Part I & II
with Jeff Van Gundy,
former Houston Rockets (NBA) Head Coach
Coach Van Gundy presents one of the popular trends in the game, the pick & roll. This dangerous action is looked at from both the offensive and defensive perspective. The pick & roll is the best offensive weapon in today’s game. It is also the most difficult to defend. Van Gundy examines screening angles and how to defend each screen & roll. The six angles covered are the high, side, step-up, shake, spread and straight on pick & rolls. The “spread” pick & roll positions three players outside the 3-point line. The NBA game has transitioned to the four-perimeter line-up, which Van Gundy explains, and really benefits from the spread. Pick & roll combinations can also be used in the half court. An example would be to flow from the high to the side pick & roll. Van Gundy details various screening situations and angles. Each of these is a great tool for scoring points in the half court. Additional options are the “on the run” and “transition” pick & roll. Using this system can produce good shots and lots of free throws. Successfully defending the pick & roll will allow your team to discourage your competitors from gaining an offensive edge.