Originally Posted by HoopDreams
thanks for the highlight video. I like watching a particular player (instead of the ball) in these highlight videos. It's often a player off the ball that makes a play work
Yep, astute fans will understand to watch the solid picks being set is often the first and most important step in an offense getting an open shot. The average fan watches the passer and the recipient who catches and shoots. But it was the solid pick that freed up the shooter which makes it all happen.
We track stats like assists, points, and fg%, but there is no metric for solid screens being set. And often times when a post player is called for an offensive foul (moving pick), it is the ball handler who is at fault, as he didn't let his post player get set before dribbling. Personally, I'd like to see fewer calls on that, unless it's egregious. It disrupts the flow of the game and doesn't really impact the game in a positive manner.
And on defense, how many times have you seen guys get clobbered when his teammate doesn't call out the screen left or screen right? As a defending guard, they should hold their teammates responsible for lack of communication. The best defending teams communicate well, as rotation responsibilities are called out. Sitting close to the action reveals that pretty quickly.