Floppy Screen and PlaysBy Dr. James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
First, let's discuss the basketball term "floppy". A floppy is simply a screen set for a perimeter player near the baseline, usually used to get your best shooter(s) open. Diagram 1 shows that two-screeners are near the right block (and just above) so as to set a staggered screen. On the left side of lane is another screener. Our shooter O2 begins right under the basket and cuts either right or left around the screen for the pass from O1 and a possible shot. That basically is the "floppy" action.
Floppy Elbow - "Floppy-1"With a "floppy-elbow" play, O2 always cuts around the double staggered screen to the arc (diagram 2) and could get the pass for a shot. After O2 cuts, O3 cuts around the opposite screen to the opposite arc for a possible pass and shot (diagram 3).
If neither is open, O5 cuts up to a spot just outside the elbow and gets the pass from O1 (diagram 4). As O5 receives the pass, O2 quickly back-cuts and sometimes will be open for a layup. If not, O2 cuts out to the opposite corner.
Next O1 runs a "pinch-post" off O5 (diagram 5), and could get the hand-off. But if not, O1 goes to the corner. Meanwhile, O3 down-screens for O4.
O5 takes a dribble to the middle (diagram 6), and O4 cuts around O5 for a hand-off. O4 might shoot, dribble-drive or pull up for a floater in the lane. O3 back-screens for O5 (diagram 7), and O5 cuts and could be open for a pass from O4, and a layup.
See this Floppy-Elbow video:
Floppy Pick and Roll - "Floppy-2" and "Floppy-3"These two plays start with floppy screens for O2 and O3, followed by a pick and roll action.
"Floppy-2" - O2 gets the ball-screen, pick and roll.
"Floppy-3" - O3 gets the ball-screen, pick and roll.
In either play, O2 has the option of cutting either way around the floppy screens. In "floppy-2", if O2 cuts around O4, O4 sets the ball-screen. If O2 cuts around O5 (diagram 2), O5 ball-screens and runs the pick and roll with O2 (diagram 8). The pick and roll options are shown: O2 drives or shoots, or passes to O5 rolling inside, or has a kick-out pass to O3 on the opposite wing.
In either play (floppy-2 or floppy-3), O3 cuts the opposite of O2 to the opposite wing (diagram 3). In "floppy-3", the ball-side post ball-screens for O3 for the pick and roll action (diagram 9), with the same pick and roll options as above.
complete article in the members section. The complete article also includes these Floppy plays that use Horns set: