The pick-and-roll may seem simple, but it poses complex problems. The ballhandler can pull up for a shot, take the rock hard to the hole or dump it to the screener, who in turn can roll to the basket or pop out for a jumper. On defense, pesky guards and limber big men must read and react. The variety of options calls for a variety of skills. These are the best performers in each of the pick-and-roll's moving parts.
This is an article from the Oct. 29, 2012 issue
MOST EFFICIENT BALLHANDLER(min. 250 poss.)
|1. Marcin Gortat,PHO||6.0||64.1||1.231|
|2. Tyson Chandler,NY||3.7||67.5||1.229|
|3. Kevin Love,MIN||3.5||47.5||1.110|
|4. Tim Duncan,SA||4.3||54.6||1.077|
|5. Blake Griffin,LAC||3.3||57.2||1.070|
|6. Marc Gasol,MEM||3.3||53.9||1.064|
|7. Kevin Garnett,BOS||3.1||52.1||1.033|
|8. David Lee,GS||4.1||51.1||1.031|
|9. LaMarcus Aldridge,POR||4.0||51.1||1.028|
|10. Drew Gooden,MIL||4.0||49.7||1.005|
What makes a good pick-and-roll screener? Well, a good pick-and-roll point guard goes a long way. Marcin Gortat is many things—hardworking, strong—but an offensive juggernaut is not one of them. Yet the Suns' center scored more points per pick-and-roll possession than any other screener, becoming the latest in a long line of Phoenix big men to lead the league in that category, thanks to playing with Steve Nash. Unlike Tim Duncan, who can step out and shoot a jumper as well as roll, and Tyson Chandler, who picks up a fair number of baskets slipping the screen (pretending to set a pick and then breaking to the basket), Gortat generally makes a simple cut to the hoop. But give him his due: He sets effective screens, has good hands and is strong enough to consistently finish at the rim.