2.4.3 Screening the zone
Screening the zone can be particularly effective at getting players on the perimeter open to receive a pass. However, a common mistake that teams make is to only shoot from the perimeter against a zone. After screening, the offensive player should look to receive a pass and the team should look to penetrate the ball into the zone.
- 4 and 1 screen the back of the zone, as 3 relocates to the wing to receive pass. This pass (a “skip” pass) is difficult for many players to throw accurately. These screens could be just as effective if 2 dribbled towards the key. Cette passe (une passe transversale au-dessus de la tête) est difficile à faire de manière précise pour de nombreux joueurs. Ces écrans pourraient être tout aussi efficaces si 2 dribblait vers la raquette.
Teams playing against a zone should also consider:
- “Ball Reversal” – can move the zone “out of shape”. It is often most effective, where
- Screens are used on the back of the zone;
- Dribble penetration is used to “freeze” defenders;
- Having a player opposite the ball on the 3 point line will often present a scoring option
- Before passing the ball back to a player on the same side as the ball, the ball should cross
the split line (either by dribble or pass). This will help to move the zone “out of shape”
- In order to get a shot for a particular player, take the ball away from them, and then
bring it back to them.
- Dribbling the ball can drag defenders, passing the ball back will often find a free player
- Use pass fakes to move zone defenders (who may move in anticipation) and then
attack the gap created.