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What is pindown in the NBA?

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After the Heatcheck, the moratorium or even the handhsaking, we come back to the field to evoke pindown, to the delight of Reggie Miller, Richard Hamilton and all the great shooters!

And yes folks, basketball is complex and there are many strategies. Today, a little lesson on pindown. The explanation is quite simple, it is simply a screen located not far from the end line. Besides the pick and roll, it is the most used “system” in the NBA. The kings of pindown are called Richard Hamilton, Reggie Miller, Allan Houston but they are not alone. So here is the definition “easy” and to go into a little more detail, the pindown can be used in many ways, thanks to its variations. For example, a Stephen Curry or Ray Allen, will not be defended as a player like Dwyane Wade or Lebron James. The important thing to make the best use of pindown is to get closer to the baseline. The closer a player gets to it, the more angle he will have to free himself from the defense. 3 concrete examples to blend in with the decor.

We often underestimate the effort of the rear. You should know that typical players Stephen Curry or Ray Allen run 2x more than other players. The cardio must be in point between the sprints but also the shocks against the defenders. Another important point, the screeners. They have their importance and do not hesitate to send hellish buttocks to drop illegal screens in front of referees often overwhelmed. According to pindown, everyone has their specialty. The average player will take simple screen outputs. Positioning, end line, running towards the screen while approaching the ball, receiving shoot (1st video).

Alternative with the “Dribble Drag Pindown”. In the video above, the point guard patiently waits for his teammate to break free. In this case, the point guard (Chris Paul) plays a pick and roll, while his post 2 (JJ Redick) performs his pindown, enough to rummage through the defense who does not know where to turn. This facilitates the lack of defensive help with 2 axes of attack.

We are now talking about the “Elbow pindown” of the Warriors. Elbow in NBA = 45 degrees. The Dubs’ ball movement is legendary and is not just for the good weather. The ball travels from left to right of the field, enough to move the defense to free a screen in the corner for Steph, KD or Klay. He then transplanted at 45 degrees “inward” to shoot quite often, without opposition.

We end with the double drag pindown of the Raptors “Era DeRozan”. Again, the playmaker has a big job to do. It takes not one but two picks and rolls. The two go in different directions and depending on the situation (very often for Ross and Powell), the interior acts as a screen to free up position 2 or 3. The heyday of Dwane Casey. We give you as a bonus the failure of this system with Serge Ibaka.

We could even create the pindown tiger shot. The variations are limitless and only a few have been cited. It is an art that will never be lost. You won’t sleep silly tonight!

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