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Learn About Ball Screens in Basketball: Steph Curry’s 7 Tips for Setting Up a Ball Screen (With Video)

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Sep 28, 2021 • 6 min read

A ball screen is an offensive basketball play in which a non ball-handling offensive player screens a defender by placing their body between the defender and a teammate. This creates space for teammates to catch or distribute passes, attack the hoop, or shoot a jump shot. The most common offensive play in NBA basketball, there are several different types of screens and several different defensive approaches to defeat them, and there are basketball rules against illegal contact in screens to prohibit its illegal use.