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Part 2: Basketball Screening Techniques - Scoring Without the Ball

Hi Ball Player,

Players that don't know how to move without the ball will never get
quality minutes on the floor.

This is one thing that coaches simply will not tolerate. 

Why?

Well, because these type of players simply ruin the flow of the
offense and make things extremely difficult for their teammates.

They allow the defensive players to easily focus on your teams
primary scorers and enables them to use their energy for blocking
out, getting the rebound, and scoring on the other end. 

Sometimes players simply focus too much on their one-on-one game
that they fail to realize that in a game setting, the majority of
the time, the ball will not be in your hands.

That's why being able to effectively play without the ball is so
important.  Often times it is the difference between averaging 3-7
points a game to averaging 10 - 15 points per game.

And to help you master the art of playing without the ball and
therefore help you become a more complete player, we've created
Part 2 of this mini-course.

Part 1 focused on the fundamentals of setting screens, and now Part
2 will cover how to maximize each screen and the important concepts
of moving without the ball.

So what is the way to maximize every screen?

Well, the answer lies in the ability of the offensive players to
read and react to the defense.

The success of any screen not only relies on the ability of the
screener to set a solid screen, but also on your ability to
properly "set up" your defender to get screened.

Now, there are a few keys to keep in mind when you're trying to
properly "set-up" your defender.

The first thing you should keep in mind is to make it difficult for
your defender to predict where you're going to go.  Make sure to
perform short, but strong jab steps in the opposite direction
you're going. This will help place the defensive player in an
optimal position to get screened.

You also have to learn how to react to your defender. 

For example, if your defender tries to over play the screen and
slide over the top, then you should make one step over the top of
the screen, and then quickly cut backdoor towards the basket.

Also, if the defender is right on your tail, then you should
perform a curl over the top of the screen.  This will allow you to
stay open, and not let your defender recover, keeping the defense
on their heels.

These are some of the ways you can maximize every screen. 
But, realize that you don't need screens to get open.  Simply by
taking advantage of various cuts, you can get open looks at the
basket.

So, let's talk about some of the commonly used cuts to help get you
open:


Front Cut -

The front cut is made between the defender and the ball. This cut
works really well in a "give and go" situation. You should start by
making pass, then fake to the opposite side, and then quickly cut
to the basket keeping your defender away from the ball.


Backcut -

The backcut works really well when your defensive player is
overplaying the passing lanes.  Simply make one strong cut away
from the basket, and then sharply change directions and cut towards
the hoop


V-Cut -

This is one of the most simplest off-the-ball moves your can use to
break free from the defender. Simply start by taking a few steps
towards the basket, and then quickly dart away from the basket to
receive the pass. 9 out of 10 times your will be open for the pass.


L-Cut -

This cut is primarily used along the baseline or in the lane.
Here, you need to take a few steps parallel to the baseline, and
then quickly flash up away from the basket.


Button-Hook -

This is a combination of the V-cut and the curl. You simply perform
a quick cut towards the basket, and then pivot away from the hoop
while sealing off your defender to receive the pass.
 

Shallow Cut -

This cut is primarily used to promote proper spacing on the floor.
If the guard dribbles towards you on the wing, then you should cut
towards the basket, and out; ending up at the top of the key.


Deep Cut -

This is a cut made from the perimeter all the way towards the
basket and then continued to the opposite corner.
 

Flash Cut -

This is a quick cut, where you start from the low block, and then
quickly cut towards the opposite elbow to receive the pass.

Congratulations, you have completed this 2 part mini-course on the
fundamentals of screening and moving without the ball.

Make sure to take the time to go over all the material presented in
this course, and be sure to be on the lookout for more mini-courses
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