++++ “how can you create space with screening in PnR games?”

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Human is something that is a visual reflection of thousands of different concepts and has simple actions. This was true five thousand years ago and it is still true now. Five thousand years ago humanity lived in a small world. More precisely, humanity was not knowledgeable enough to know how uniquely the world he lived. At that time, when an Egyptian native looked around, he would see the mountains of Libya and Arabia rising like castles to his right and left. At that time, when terrorism was not at non-human levels, the Nile river flowed between these two unique mountains without trouble. When the Egyptian native looked in front of him/her, he/she would see a black sea with no end. Behind it is a huge desert. Egyptians believed that the people living in the world at that time were only themselves. And they loved Nil. Egyptians called foreigners Apopi. A few thousand years later, Egyptians became one of the first communities to realize that the world was actually a huge place. Why is that? Because the Egyptians made friends with strangers whom they likened to the devil. They have become one of the regions where trade is most intense.

Chicago was the center of meat production in the United States in the early 20th century. In Chicago, tons of meat were produced in over 20 major meat factories, and the city continued to grow its huge revenues since the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 — until Upton Sinclair’s simple disclosure method. Sinclair is a name that considered almost divine in investigative journalism classes around the world. Because he was describing illegal meat production in Chicago in his book The Brass Check, which he published in 1906. To write that book, he was disguised as a worker in meat factories in Chicago. He published the documents he obtained as a result of his seven-week adventure and ensured that all factories were closed. In addition, his work led to the introduction of important rules on meat production in the laws of the country.

You all know Elon Musk. To know Elon Musk, you don’t need to be a tech-science freak or understand his flamboyant physics formulas. If you are a person that be motivated after listening to pompous inspirational talks, you can learn a lot of things about him from tons of motivational clips or six TEDx talks about him. If you’re someone who spends time on Twitter, you’ve probably seen one of his tweets already. Elon Musk is currently the richest person in the world. I don’t need to know that how Musk become the richest person in the world. The main reasons are already obvious; Tesla, Space X and side jobs. But one detail of his adventure is quite interesting. In one of the first projects he co-developed with NASA, Musk tries to solve the problems his rocket will have in the process of docking to the ISS, discovering an incredibly simple way: latches on the toilet doors. Based on the latch model used in the toilet doors, Musk has its engineers built a new interlocking module. Thanks to this, NASA and Musk are making millions of dollars in profit. Simple, right?

There are countless examples, but no need to be cocky. Humanity loves simplicity. Some people use simplicity to punish some simple people who negatively affect people’s lives by using simplicity. Some people simply become rich or wise thanks to people who despise the simplicity of their lives; they gain respect in society. The human mind is simple, just like the human body with which it is integrated. When you look at yourself in the mirror, the first thing that comes to your mind is not the bony, veined, 1.5-kilogram brain under your beautiful (beauty is relative) face. You wouldn’t think of the hundreds of billions of neurons in your brain either. There are, of course, times when you cross the boundaries of your brain and think about philosophizing about philosophy. For example, after watching a TED talk, after being impressed by Benedict Cumberbatch’s mastery of Sherlock Holmes, after reading a book about Albert Einstein, or after watching Blacklist and wanting to be like Red Reddington. But simplicity, in general, is inherent in humanity. Benefiting from simplicity or cannot do that or not being able to achieve a pure phenomenon such as simplicity causes those things: rich/poor, beautiful/handsome, successful/unsuccessful in human beings.

I think basketball is a sport in which success comes in a row if simplicity is used efficiently. Of course, there are some complications in simplicity; there are tons of details that need to be adjusted on and off the court, from micro calculations of the carbohydrate a basketball player will consume before the game to who will enter the ice bath after the match and when. However, at the end of the day, those who practice simplicity right will triumph. Meanwhile, victory is also a relative concept, meh.

In today’s basketball, creating spacing is vital to winning the game on the XsOs board. The reason is quite simple. The more spacing you have, the faster and efficiently you use the weapons in your hand in more space. Imagine this, you have a restaurant in France that has Michelin stars. You employ five chefs in your restaurant. If your kitchen is not of the right size, these five chefs will start to be uneasy after 45 days (please research Bandura’s theories of cognitive socialism). Because each chef will unwittingly influence the atmosphere in the other chief’s spacing. Chiefs will be uneasy but will avoid resigning. Why is that? It’s a great restaurant with Michelin stars. But this will reduce their performance. A chef will do a worse job when making duck à l’orange, both in terms of time and quality. You got me.

In other words, creating spacing in basketball is very important to maximize your efficiency on offense. So how is this spacing created? There is no longer a secret recipe for this. If you’ve had the patience to read this article so far, you already know how spacing was created. Shot. Stretch big. Golden State Warriors. Quick slashing. Ball movement. You know them. I think creating spacing with screens to find the 3rd guy in PnRs finds the flair hidden in simplicity and brings out the love-inducing effect of basketball that appeals to the soul. Now is the time for seriousness. Let’s take a look at some videos and try to understand how ingenious it is to create spacing with screens in PnR games. So, yeah, “how can you create space with screening in PnR games?”

The space created by the screener in the PnR game is usually an opportunity for the 3rd man. So how?

Iberostar Tenerife plays wonderful basketball and their head coach, Txus Vidorreta is a genius. I know, I know, I don’t have enough qualities to judge any coach, but, who has it? Ok. Turn to the subject.

Alejandro Lopez does an outstanding job here. #14 goes to cover Guerra (roller), also #20 goes. Lopez reads that defense and gives a crazy hard pass to the right-wing. Why? Spacing is there.

Do you fall in love with an offensive set? Because…

Guerra draws the D again on himself. Also, huge credit to Cavanaugh. Just look that how he plays unselfish basketball here. It’s crazy important to use your spacing. Being unselfish to move the ball.

Shermadini draws two defenders and #21 locking on Huertas. Hard pass from Shermadini to the top of the key but the BALL MOVEMENT fixed this.

It is unfortunate to be an unstable defender in a PnR game … # 34 doesn’t do a good job to shift his body and # 7 goes for help naturally but this allows an excellent shooting space for Dooernakamp.

Jumping to the USA. Oh, LeBron James? Hi!!! If your backcourt man is able to screen, you probably one of the luckiest persons in the basketball industry. Malcolm Brogdon does this and plus HE GIVES FAKE ON SCREEN, Giannis attacks to the basket and Harrell goes for his space naturally. When Harrell left from his island, LeBron goes to Brook Lopez to cover Giannis’ d-d pass to dunker spot score. But, the Greek Freak sees Jrue Holiday and JH pulls the trigger.

Alex Caruso. THT comes from the left while Dudley preparing his screen. THT get low and attacks. Dudley’s screen effect three defenders’ positioning, at the same time, Caruso becomes the ghost for the Bulls D.

Here are wonderful more examples of this convo from our precious NBA.

Excellent example of lift space thanks to strong-side action — screen included.

Spissu shows ultra super fantastic vision in the air but thanks to Bilan’s gravity effect.

As you have seen in the NBA examples, screening usually is good to create shooting space but this genius basketball tool is a good thing to create slashing space for your wings. Why? Probably, the slasher’s defender goes to roller’s space, and even if he does a good recovery, he doesn’t get of balance against the slasher’s explosive dribble penetration.

Yeah, if you are a sneaky, multi-talented dribbler and finisher, your size and frame will not hurt you. LIKE MAGICIAN FACU CAMPAZZO.

Thanks to successive screens, you can have your spacing without the need for a clear PnR game, if your big men are smart.

Yeah, this can be even a reason to win the game. Look, Goudelock’s screen broke everything on the top of the key rotation of the Barcelona.


Being smart in basketball is an incredibly relative thing. Because your opponent can show that how it is wrong that true for you. That’s why basic criteria like spacing are important in basketball. Maximizing simplicity on the basic criteria is something that exists in all areas of human nature. Those who can do this in basketball are successful. However, it gets complicated here. Simplifying something is not, even if it sounds easy. Anyway, you get it. By the way, this toilet door latch story is crazy, right?







Thank you for taking your time.


I’m Kuzey, 20. I’ve been writing about basketball since I was 9. I worked in Eurosport Turkey for two years. I have written on various sites and magazines before. I’ve been working as a freelance scout for three years. I worked as a consultant. Yeah, I’m looking for a job. I have interviewed dozens of prospects such as Theo Maledon, Deni Avdija, Henri Drell, Paul Eboua, Aleksej Pokusevski, Arturs Kurucs, Yves Pons, and dozens of notable basketball people such as Luis Scola, Xavi Pascual, Jonathan Givony, Dimitris Itoudis, Ekpe Udoh, Pero Antic, Maurizio Gherardini, Georgios Printezis, Sasa Obradovic, Joan Plaza, Sarunas Jasikevicius, Derrick Williams also some general athletes such as Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo, Ken Doherty, Alex Albon… I live in Turkey, I go to all the Euroleague and Youth League games. My main areas are all of age group in Africa and from U12 to U20 European and NCAA. And my biggest goal is to be a real basketball scout. Anyway, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and feel free to DM!