: a basketball play in which a player sets a screen and then cuts toward the basket for a pass

Examples of pick-and-roll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From switching 12 pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions last regular season, Adebayo switched just 5.8 pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions this regular season, according to Second Spectrum tracking data. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 7 May 2024 In a pick-and-roll with James, Los Angeles punished Jokic over and over. Bennett Durando, The Denver Post, 30 Apr. 2024 The Heat won Game 2 because Adebayo and Herro won that battle, producing an excellent 1.75 points per possession (including assist opportunities) on 17 direct screens through their pick-and-roll attack on Wednesday, according to Second Spectrum. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 26 Apr. 2024 Paul developed excellent pick-and-roll chemistry with rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis and ranked second in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio among players who averaged at least 25 minutes per game. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 24 Apr. 2024 The Lakers targeted Jokic as a primary defender and Murray as a help defender in LeBron James-Davis pick-and-rolls to start the third, leading to a pair of Davis and-one layups over Murray and an Austin Reaves 3-pointer to that extended the lead to 68-48 two minutes into the second half. Khobi Price, Orange County Register, 23 Apr. 2024 He’s seen every pick-and-roll coverage in the book, so nothing will surprise him. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 16 Apr. 2024 Once the Crimson Tide started forcing Clingan into high pick-and-rolls, lanes to the basket starting opening up - as did the 3-point line. CBS News, 6 Apr. 2024 There were smooth pull-up jumpers, driving layups, floaters, pull-up threes in transition and assists out of pick-and-rolls. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 6 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pick-and-roll was in 1960

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“Pick-and-roll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick-and-roll. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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