In the last play break down of the Los Angeles Clippers’ Double High screen, one of the options out of the set was to get Chris Paul either a drive toward the basket, jump shot, pass to a shooter, or, throw a lob to DeAndre Jordan, who is usually trailing after setting a screen for Paul.
Well, with the incredible passing ability that Paul possesses, and the shear athleticism Jordan has, the duo can run a very unique pick and roll set that can yield some very efficient results if the defense isn’t prepared for it.
That such pick and roll set is the Clippers’ 1/5 Midcourt pick and roll. Yes, you read that right, Halfcourt. Here’s how the play diagram looks.
If executed correctly, the play can be very tough for a defense to stop because if Paul or the point guard can get past his defender (PG) with the screen from 5 (center, Jordan) at midcourt, an opposing big is forced to guard Paul coming at them with speed, which means the center, or Jordan, will likely have no one or a smaller player trying to stop them from successfully throwing down a dunk off a lob pass.
Even if Paul beats the big defender off the screen and a wing defender is forced to switch onto Paul, it allows Paul to pass to that corner shooter, and then, the corner shooter can make several decisions: A) shoot the open corner 3, B) drive in for a layup or dunk, or C) throw the lob to Jordan as the trailer.
The video clip below shows two ways the Clippers successfully used the 1/5 Halfcourt pick-and-roll effectively in their recent games against the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.