Elevator Plays from NCAA & NBA by Wes Kosel
Using elevator screens in your offense can be a great way to open up shots for your shooters. Elevator screens, sometimes called “gator”, “gate”, or “fence” screens, are executed by a cutter running between two screeners who “close up” the screen as the cutter runs through. These actions can be a nice counter to typical plays where the cutter is running around the two screeners (like in a staggered screen). A counter to an elevator action is to look for the screeners slipping to the rim if the defenders have to step out and help defend the shot.
This playbook features two NCAA and two NBA elevator actions. The video shows the Northern Iowa play from Coach Ben Jacobson.
NCAA & NBA Elevator Set Plays
Northern Iowa Panthers – Horns Pop Elevator
1 gives 2 the ball with a dribble handoff as 4 screens for 5 cutting out to the perimeter. 2 passes to 1 then moves down to the right corner. 1 cuts across the floor off of a screen from 3. 3 then uses an elevator screen from 5 and 4 for a shot at the top of the key.
Washington Wizards – SLOB Thru Elevator
The Wizards use this SLOB with a zipper / elevator combination action for a shot at the top of the key.
Golden State Warriors – Horns Flex Elevator
1 passes to 4 then cuts into the lane to screen for 2. 2 cuts into the lane then turns to cut through the elevator screen from 5 and 4. The Warriors can counter it with 3 coming off the screen as well.
Lincoln Memorial – Cross Elevator
1 passes to 3 on the left wing then cuts away to the right corner. 3 dribbles towards the top of the key as 2 cuts across the floor through an elevator screen from 5 and 4.
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