Newsletter #206

February 3, 2021

Today's Quote:  "You got to be careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." - Yogi Berra


Today's Theme:  Floppy Screen and Plays

A floppy is a screen set for a perimeter player near the baseline, usually used to get your best shooter(s) open.  Diagram 1 shows two-screeners are near the right block (and above) 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 screen

After O2 cuts, O3 cuts around the opposite screen to the opposite arc for a possible pass and shot.  Here are two simple pick and roll actions after a floppy screen.

Floppy to Pick and Roll - "Floppy-2" and Floopy-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, 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.

Floppy to pick and roll

In either play (floppy-2 or floppy-3), O3 cuts the opposite of O2 to the opposite wing.  In "floppy-3", the ball-side post ball-screens for O3 for the pick and roll action, with the same pick and roll options as above.

For more diagrams and discussion, see "Floppy Screen and Plays"  - includes "Floppy-1 Elbow" action (and video), and 3 floppy plays that start with the Horns set:  "Horns Floppy", "Floppy-Slip" and "Floppy-Cross".

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