Almost anytime in a basketball play when you screen the post man’s defender before he goes to set a ball screen it is good action. The reason why is because the post man’s defender is now a step behind the action. This means that he/she will be late on the help for the ball screen action, giving the offense an advantage. It is important that the screener sprints to the ball screen, and that the ball handler sets his/her defender up to come off the ball screen at the right time.
Play Name: San Antonio Spurs: Cross Screen Ball Screen and Counter Basketball Play
Play Goal: Get the big man’s defender trailing the play so there is an advantage on the ball screen.
Play Tips: Set a good cross screen on the big man. The post player needs to sprint to ball screen and then react out of it (roll or space). If the defense is cheating the play use the counter.