The pick and roll offense is a staple of all NBA teams. The Thunder like to employ this offense ordinarily by putting the ball in the hands of either Russell Westbrook or James Harden (and sometimes Kevin Durant). All of these players possess the skill and athleticism to put a defense on its heels and exploit either a seam in the defense or a defensive switch. What though about the screener? How often do guys like Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, and Nick Collison get a chance to finish the play?
Ian Levy at Hickory High has the answer:
You can enjoy his pretty picture diagrams at the top, or you can delve into the data in the table below. In order to make sense of it:
- PNR Ball Handler % is the percentage of time the ball handler finishes the play.
- PNR Sreener % is the percentage of time the screener finishes the play.
- PNR Overall % is the percentage of offensive plays the pick and roll is employed.
- PPP represents respective points per possession.