Curl Cut to get open for the Jump Shot
A great way to come off the screen to receive a pass for your jump shot is the curl cut. The curl cut to get open will give you the most options to make a play, and with proper decision-making can make it very difficult for your opponent to defend. See how you can make it part of your game with this video.
The curl cut is one of the fundamental cuts in basketball and one that I teach first to most of my young students. In basketball, the best place to catch the ball is somewhere near the middle of the floor because it opens up the most options. In the middle of the floor, you can go left or right with your pass or dribble in multiple directions, and it is also very hard to get doubled teamed by the defense there.
To do a proper curl cut, you have to set up your defender first. This means jogging toward your defender in order to make contact with them. Defenses are always reactionary and even if they know what you’re going to do, they can’t move until you move. After you make contact, wait for your teammate to set you a screen. You want to nudge your defender and explode (which means start sprinting) toward the outside shoulder of your teammate. As you pass your teammate, you want to make sure you rub shoulders, so the defender cannot get into the passing lane to intercept the pass. Now you want to curl toward the middle of the floor and receive the pass.
What you do after that is up to you, and primarily will depend on how the defense decides to play you. You can shoot it if you’re open, pass it if someone else is open or drive to the basket.