Unicaja ofensive analysis: CONSECUTIVE PICKS

Unicaja ofensive analysis: CONSECUTIVE PICKS


Here it is te second part of the Unicaja offensive analysis series. If you missed the first one, you can still catch up with the post where is explained Unicaja’s Horns play.

As said in the previous article, all the examples are from the same game against Real Madrid from the Euroleague competition.


Consecutive picks

When I watched the match for first time, I kind of discover this play. It was the reason to start with this series. This is because I like the mix of different concepts in an easy way.

I will focus in the simpler play that Unicaja runs using this concept, but if we dig a bit more, we can see that Unicaja uses the same concept for other plays finishing situations.

In this case, this concept is played in transition, when big players arrive last to the attack.

Lets see it, and then we will go into the details!



This situation stats with the point guard with the ball at 45 degrees and the two big men ready in the center of the court, on the three point line. The other two players are open in the wings.

The point guard (1) will receive two consecutive picks from the point forward (4) and the center.


basketball training - Unicaja consecutive picks


After taking the two picks, the point guard will gain some space for himself. Aat the same time, the center will go for another pick, while the 4 will set a screen for the shooter.


basketball training - Unicaja consecutive picks


In this case, the center will roll to the basket:


basketball training - Unicaja consecutive picks


This movement will give the ball handler several options:

  • Attack the rim.
  • Pass to the roller.
  • Decide to pass to the shooter that has been screened.
  • Pass to the other perimetral player who follows the play.


basketball training - Unicaja consecutive picks




Again, as the HORNS play,  Unicaja runs some small variations starting with the same concept. The goal is to position their players where they feel more comfortable.

I think it is really important to fit the plays to the players while basketball training. Coaching is not copying plays and drills, but knowing why those basketball plays are better than others for your specific team.

As this is a transition play, both big plays could not be in the right order while arriving to attack:


Basketball training- unicaja consecutive picks


In this scenario, if the first pick is done by the center (5), he won’t go for the screen to the shooter, but he will go for the pick and roll again.

Player 4 will set another screen to the center and will go for the shooter screen as the regular play. The main goal with the first screen is to make more challenging the pick and roll defense.


Basketball training- unicaja consecutive picks


Unicaja runs other variations using this concept as a finisher. They play another sets that gets them to this specific situation. In my opinion, having multiple starting situations and multiple ending situations make it easier for the players to don’t get stuck in the middle of a play. We could discuss this in another post!


Top details

There are a few details I like about this play.

First of all, as said before, this situation can and should be run in transition, but can be a finisher. It is really important to have such versatility in a basketball play.

Another thing that i like is giving to the ball handler so many options to decide and be able to play with the advantages created. It has not just one single end.

In the opposite side, I feel like Unicaja players are just not trying to get all advantages. For example, not a single time they attack the first situation and the point guard always wait for the repick.



What do you think about having multiple starting and ending situations mixed into plays? Do you use an specific basketball set for transitions?

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