Out of the Timeout: A staggered-screen for Tony Parker
In this week’s installment of Out of the Timeout, we’re going to look at one of the San Antonio Spurs’ favorite plays for getting Tony Parker the ball on the move.
The play starts as Parker (1) brings the ball up court. He sticks to the left side of the floor and the big man who passed the ball in, DeJuan Blair (4) in this case, runs down the middle of the floor. Parker passes the ball to the wing on his side of the floor, Richard Jefferson (3) on this play, and Parker makes it look like he’s going to clear out to the opposite corner.
As Parker makes his way through the lane, Manu Ginobili (2) and Blair head down to the baseline and block, respectively, and set up a double-screen. Meanwhile, Jefferson swings the ball to Tim Duncan (5) at the top of the key. Parker, instead of clearing out to the corner, makes a hard cut the other way and goes through the staggered-screen set up for him.
Parker curls of the screens and gets the pass from Duncan. After setting screens, Ginobili clears out to the opposite corner and Blair rolls to the short corner on the same side as Parker.
A lot of times, Parker takes the ball to the basket for a layup or his signature floater, but in this case Blair’s man rotates to help on Parker’s curl. To respond, Parker dishes to Blair for an open 10-footer.
Let’s go to the video of this play from the Spurs’ season-opening win against the Indiana Pacers. (Note: sorry for the wonky video this time. Still working out some kinks.)
Someday, DeJuan Blair will knock that shot down.
All diagrams were made using the awesome FastDraw Software, provided by FastModel.