Pin down basketball plays usually involve a post player setting a screen off the ball for a shooter or a wing player to get open for a scoring opportunity, although sometimes a wing can set a down screen for a post player. When playing against a very aggressive defense pin down screens can be used simply to get a catch and get into the offense.
As a basketball coach there are three important keys to running a good pin down play that you need to emphasize to your players.
First, the player using the screen must set their man up, and then read the defender when they use the screen. The reason why they must do this is because the defensive player may guard the screen several different ways. There are several different basketball shooting drills that we offer to work on these types of cuts.
Secondly, the person setting the screen needs to head hunt and set a great legal screen. After that they will open up to the ball and be an offensive threat. This will allow them to make the defense pay for over helping on the down screen.
Lastly, the basketball needs to get there when the player comes off the screen. If the player has to wait on the ball, then the defender is going to have time to recover.
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