Ball Screen Twist Action by Chris Filios

ball screen twist-action

Written by Coach Peterman

I have coached at the NCAA Division 2 (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), NAIA (USAO), and JUCO Levels (Blinn College and Carl Albert State College) as well as high school. I just felt that fellow coaches especially young coaches need to constantly work on their “game”. Just like the basketball players that we coach. We as coaches need to improve ourselves. That is my story and why I do this blog.

December 30, 2019

Ball screen Twist Action 

The great Coach Chuck Daly used to say, “Defense can’t guard two things in a row.” 

One of the international staples to ball screen offense is the twist ball screen action. The “twist” action is where a ball screen is set and then immediately re-set as no advantage was gained on the initial action. 

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The most common time a “twist” is used is when the on-ball defender goes underneath the ball screen. On the ball screen twist-action, the ball screener is able to set the screen lower and get a better angle for the screen. Thus, forcing the on-ball defender over the screen and forcing the defense into an action it is trying to avoid. Now the ball handler can turn the corner of the screen and attack the basket or engage the secondary defender (the defensive big). 

Another example of when teams will use the twist-action is against teams that hedge defensively on the ball screen. The ball handler uses the ball screen. The defensive big hedges and the on-ball defender fights over the screen. The screening big can turn and re-screen for the ball handler. Now both defenders are on the wrong side of the screen and the guard can come off the re-screen with no defense. 

The ball screen twist-action can be run with the same screener setting the re-screen or with a second screen setting the 2nd screen. The ball screen twist-action can also be run with a DHO. 

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