Memphis Grizzlies – SLOB Iverson Side Elevator

By Matt Wheeler

The Memphis Grizzlies ran this down 4 with 20 seconds left in an NBA Summer League game.  In this situation they would need 2 scores and they opted to go for the 3 coming out of a timeout.  The multiple screening actions from 4 & 5 caused the defensive confusion and led to an open shot for 4.  4 & 5's defenders have to guard back to back screening actions, first with the Iverson cut made by 2 and then the elevator screen for 3.  If 5 cut to the basket instead of drifting to the perimeter he might have gotten a layup or at least would have created more space for the shot from 4.

Frame 1

Memphis Grizzlies - SLOB Iverson Side Elevator Frame 0

4 screens for 1. 2 passes to 1.
2 goes over screens by 4 & 5.
1 dribbles over to follow 2.
3 cuts into the post

Frame 2

Memphis Grizzlies - SLOB Iverson Side Elevator Frame 1

4 & 5 set an elevator screen for 3.
1 passes to 3 for shot.
4 pops out to corner for a secondary option.
5 slips to the basket.
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Matt Wheeler

Matt Wheeler is currently an assistant coach for the women's basketball program at Daytona State College. Some of his primary responsibilities there include film breakdown and scouting. For the last 4 seasons he has helped to build a new program at Windermere High School, where they were able to reach the state final four in the school's second year of existence. Before that Coach Wheeler served 6 seasons at Olympia High School where he spent time as assistant boys varsity coach, head girls varsity coach, and head boys varsity coach. During his tenure there he saw 5 players reach the Division 1 level and 16 players receive basketball scholarships. Previously, Coach Wheeler was an assistant coach at Montverde Academy under then head coach Kevin Sutton. While at Montverde Academy he assisted with player development, conditioning programs and created team playbooks & scouting reports. Coach Wheeler's experience also includes winning the 2008 3A Girls Basketball Florida State Championship as an assistant at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. Coach Wheeler was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He got his coaching start at Cascade College where he was the student assistant for the women’s basketball program while also participating on the men’s JV basketball team. Coach Wheeler resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife Kiana and his baby girl Noa.
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