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Lots of movement sets up backdoor

A lot of screening and motion goes into this set in which the opposite post comes high, sets a ball screen, rolls and eventually gets a pass from a dribbling wing.

Why use this play

  • Arizona’s offense has five players constantly moving, which keeps the defense on its heels and creates open passing lanes.

Set up

  • The ball starts on the left side with a post and corner player positioned on that side.
  • Another player is at the top and there is a weak-side wing.

How to play

  • 1 passes across the set to 3 to shift the defense as 4 screens down on a potential defender.
  • On the pass, 2 relocates from the left corner to the right side just above the corner by coming off a second screen from 4.
  • 3 passes to 2. 5 moves to the elbow [1].
  • 3 steps toward 2 and fakes a ball screen, then curls through the lane.
  • 4 moves to the opposite post. 5 comes across the court and sets a ball screen for 2. 2 takes a couple dribbles then passes to 3 [2].
  • 1 moves out of the corner and receives a pass from 3. 5 now cuts backdoor after the ball screen.
  • 1 dribbles toward the center and passes to 5 for the score [3].

Here’s a simple diagram for setting up this play

Lots of movement sets up backdoor

How to perfect the technique for this play

  • 4 sets a ball screen for 1 in the play’s final stages to open the passing lane for 1 to find 5.
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