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NBA 2K14 guide: How to run the pick and roll

The pick and roll is one of the most effective offensive strategies in NBA 2K14. It can help create lanes to attack the basket, create spectacular dunks as well as create open shots for both the ball handler and men on the perimeter.

This guide will teach you how to run the pick and roll. Knowing when and where to run the pick and roll is a great starting point for beginners, as it can be initiated at any point during a play without much preparation.

The three screens

There are three different types of screens you can use: slip, roll, and fade. We’ll come to how these differ on the court in a moment, but for now, we’ll just look at how to activate each one of them. By holding down the B/circle button, you’ll initiate one of your big men into a screen. The length of time you hold the button will dictate which type of screen the roll-player will use.

The first one is ‘slip’, which is a fake screen where the player will run towards the ball-handler, before running back towards the basket without blocking. It’ll look like this:

Slip screen

If you continue to hold B/circle, the player will transition into a roll. This is similar to a pick, except the roll-player will block the defender marking the ball handler, and will then run towards the basket. Look for the green symbol above his head:

Roll Screen

Finally, we have fade, where the roll-player will block, then spin away from the play, moving across the basket rather than towards it. You have to hold B/circle for a longer period, so make sure the ball handler has some space between his defender to prevent a steal:

Fade screen

The Slip

The slip is best described as a dummy screen. Instead of blocking the defender marking the man with the ball, the big man will run towards the top of the key then attack the basket, which is good for alley-oops or even simple bounce passes. You can use this to your advantage when your big men are quicker than your opponents, but even with slower big men it can catch defenders off guard.

The video below shows how even the likes of Brook Lopez, a seven-foot tall centre, can take advantage of the slip screen. It requires a great point guard in the form of Deron Williams making the perfect bounce pass into Lopez’s path, but the ability to catch Monroe on the back foot creates the space:

The Roll

The roll is the most diverse of the three. You can use the block from the defender to create space to attack the lane, get an open look at the basket, or create space for others. The three videos below are good examples of how to use the block effectively in different ways.

The first video is a classic pick and roll to attack the basket from the lay-up. Deron Williams attacks the lane by running around the man blocking and finishing with a contested lay-up as other defenders move into the paint. Other times you may get a completely open run at the hoop, but Williams is a strong point guard, and is able to finish with contact:

In the next clip, Williams attacks the basket and draws the defenders around him, leaving Brook Lopez with the easy lay-up finish:

As the man making the screen will attack the basket, it is the perfect opportunity for alley-oop moves. Blake Griffin is the best at this, as he’s a walking highlight reel for dunks:

Finally, we have Chris Paul using the screen to create this space to make a three point shot. The shot isn’t completely uncontested, but the block allows for enough space to be created so that the defender can’t distract from the shot or get a block:

You can also pass the ball to the man who makes the screen. If the two defenders follow the ball handler, pass to the big man if he’s near the basket and has good shooting stats. This video of Kevin Garnett making the mid-range two is a prime example:

The more you play NBA 2K14, the more you’ll become accustomed to all the different strategies you can use when calling a roll. There are more than listed here, but these are the most basic and helpful when getting started.

The Fade

Fading is good when the man blocking is a centre/power forward who can shoot from mid- to long-range. It’s important that the ball-handler takes the defenders away form the screen to leave an open shot. Lopez misses the shot in this video because of the distance from which he’s shooting. Somebody like Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is a great example of somebody who you can give the ball to and he can take the long range shot.

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