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On-line version ISSN 1989-5879Print version ISSN 1578-8423


NUNES, Hermilo et al. The influence of pick and roll in attacking play in top-level basketball. CPD [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.1, pp.129-142. ISSN 1989-5879.

The objective of this study was to characterize "pick and roll" actions and its influence on top-level basketball. Tactical and scoring efficiency was analysed depending on various factors that affected game situations using a multidimensional, punctual and nomothetic observational design from 18 teams in the ACB Basketball league. An ad hoc observational ins-trument (VTP & R) was validated by a panel of 20 senior experts and the accuracy of the results confirmed by the researchers. Data analysis was performed by lag sequential analysis, polar coordinates analysis and quantitative descriptive statistics. Of the total plays analysed (n=3895), 25,3% correspond to ‘pick and roll' (n=984). Only 36,3% of the "pick and roll" plays were effective on the scoreboard, while 85,7% were effective tactically. The interpretation of the results shows the interest in completing basketball game analysis through mixed methods. The ability to determine what actions are performed at any given moment of the game and how to execute and establish tactical response patterns depending on the various factors involved in the game, justifies the usefulness of the results obtained here and clearly illustrates the interest in incorporating different analytical techniques observational methodology to the analytical processes of basketball.

Keywords : pick and roll; efficacy; observational methodology; lag sequential analysis; polar coordinates analysis; tactics.

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