Originally Posted by LAVAR BALL
So you're telling me teams send 3 defenders to Rudy Gobert?
*Look at gobert's shot chart this year*
I mean, he's rolling to the basket and is taller than all of the players...What's the point in triple-teaming Rudy Gobert !! do they believe spamming the floor horizontally will compensate for their lack of veticality?
It's simple. You don't allow him to make
it to the rim. There are two offensive players and two defensive players involved in the pick and roll, yes?
Let's imagine you have the other players on the 3-point line, which is what the Jazz do. Two in the corner, one at the break. Let's look at how you defend this:
1. Defensive center sags and the wing defender goes under the pick.
2. Defensive center sags and the wing defender goes over the pick.
2-on-1 with the wing defender on the back of the ball-handler.
3. Defensive center comes up to hedge/trap the ball-handler.
Rudy dives to the basket. If the center recovers back to him, he gets the ball at point-blank range because he moves so quickly and he's taller than the other center.
4. Send the defender from the strong-side corner to bump Rudy and buy more time.
Ball goes to open shooter in the corner.
What typically happens is the teams defend this action well, but as the defender recovers to the corner he is beaten on a drive. This starts the "advantage basketball". The defensive center moves to block this drive. Usually a guard helps to prevent Rudy from getting the ball, but this leaves another shooter open. That shooter gets it, and if the defender recovers, rinse and repeat.
That is Jazz basketball. Replace Rudy with virtually any other player and this offense becomes much worse because the defender in the corner can stay home.
This is vertical spacing. He opens the floor for shooters.