NBA Terminology – Slide Concept

NBA Terminology – Slide Concept by Zak Boisvert

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Embedded below is a compilation of an action you saw a ton during the NBA Playoffs between the Warriors, Thunder and Raptors. My term for the action is “Slide.” A perimeter player sprints in the direction of a ball-handler at the top of the key to set a high pick & roll. Before he arrives at the screen, he changes directions at the last minute and slips his cut to the opposite wing. The hope is that the slip was late enough that the screener’s man was engaged in a pick & roll coverage (hedge/switch/blitz), leaving the screener open for a catch & shoot 3 or a drive. This is a great way to attack ball screen switching (as the two defenders are unsure if a screen will actually be set).

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