Getting Open by Setting the Back Screen
Often if you really want to get open, set a screen for a teammate. Setting screens, especially if they are set effectively and catch the defender by surprise, can cause absolute havoc with any team, no matter the strength of that defense. But watch this video to see how you can create your own shot by trying to get your teammate open by setting the back screen.
There is nothing like setting a good back screen. Setting a nice, hard screen on some poor, unsuspecting defender is one of the best offensive moves in basketball. First off, it confuses the defender that gets screened because he had no idea it’s coming. After getting hit, that defender will frantically search for their man because if their man scores, that could mean a significant time sitting on the bench. For the player that set the screen, his defender has to help. This leaves the person setting the screen wide open for a jump shot.
I love doing this move in pick-up basketball because defenders just can’t react fast enough to stop me. The move is simple enough. Start near the rim and pick out a defender who is somewhere near the wing. Once that defender has their back turned, run up behind them and come to a stop. Hopefully, your teammate will cut back door (if not, you might have to give out a friendly, but loud reminder). After this, you want to locate the ball as quickly as you can because you will only have a short window to get open. If done correctly, you can cause chaos for the defense, but wide open shots for yourself.