Ball Screen Switch Mismatch Basketball Drill

Ball Screen Switch Mismatch Basketball Drill


Reading a ball screen and making the right move out of it can add a lot of value to your game. However, that is just the first part. Once you read the defense, you must execute the right move to make them pay. If you are not able to do this, then the ball screen will be useless. These different moves are the basketball fundamentals of using a ball screen, and it is important that you know all of the different reads and what moves to use.

In this ball screen switch situation, you will practice coming off the ball screen and having an imaginary big man defender switch onto you. The shot clock or game clock is low, so you need to go one on one and take advantage of the mismatch. Ball screen switches happen a lot at the end of a clock situation because the defense figures that a big man can guard a wing player for a short period of time. You must make them pay for switching, and this basketball drill will help you work on that.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Ball Screen Switch Mismatch Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 Basketball, 2 chairs, and a basket.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on coming off the ball screen and then attacking the switch.


Coaching Points

  • Don’t turn your back before coming off the screen, mix your speeds up before coming off the screen, and set your man up.
  • Keep your eyes up and see the floor.
  • Drag the imaginary defender out and then set them up for the move.
  • Attack hard and then pull up on sharply as you can.
  • You would shoot the 3-pointer in a game if the big man keeps backing up and gives you space.
  • If the defender is not giving you the space for the 3, attack at him, get him to drop back, and then pull up for the shot.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  1. Set up a chair just above the free-throw line extended out on the wing and the other chair at the top of the key.
  2. Have the line of players start along the sideline outside the wing chair.
  3. The first player will dribble down below the wing chair, set his man up, and then come off the ball screen.
  4. He is going to drag the imaginary big man defender out to the top of the key.
  5. The second chair is going to simulate the big man defender giving space because he is slower.
  6. Back up a few steps and then make a move or two at the chair and either take a one-dribble pull-up right past the chair (on either side) or shoot a 3 off the dribble.


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