VIDEO: Warriors “Elbow Pindown” Set


(Video via Half Court Hoops)

The Golden State Warriors displayed the best offensive production in the NBA this season with their system and philosophy of flow. Rookie head coach Steve Kerr took elements from several familiar systems, including the Spurs model and the triangle offense, to put together a variety of options that would best suit this Warriors team. Here’s one set the Warriors like to run for looks in the half court. The objective is to isolate one side of the floor for a single-screen pindown, usually for Klay Thompson or Stephen Curry.

The ball is entered to the side that the Warriors will come back to for the pindown. “1” clears out to the opposite wing.

Ball reversal up top, meanwhile “3” walks in to screen “4”.

“5” screens the screener, “3”, who pops up. “1” passes to “3” and drops to corner.

“3” enters to to “4”, who flashes high, and “3” clears out.

“2” and “5” now have this entire space for their pindown action.

When executed at full speed, as seen in the video, the Warriors make this extremely tough to defend. Setting up this look is about timing and movement. The Warriors put the defense in a position where they are constantly having to move, not to mention Golden State’s “1”, “3”, and “4” men are typically all shooting threats on the left side of the floor, creating a literal 2-on-2 on the strong side because the help can’t sag too far off. Then it’s just on the “2”, usually Klay Thompson, to make his read off the single screen with plenty of space to do so.

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


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