Offensive Elements: Turns

By Randy Sherman

Turns are offensive elements designed to create an advantage by rescreening demonstrated here by Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz.

The Utah Jazz may be the most internationally influenced team in the NBA. Key players such as Rudy Gobert (France), Ricky Rubio (Spain), Joe Ingles and Dante Exum (Australia) are vital pieces of the puzzle for the Jazz.

Utah Head Coach Quin Snyder coached abroad for CSKA and he is assisted by Slovenian Igor Kokoskov. It is no wonder the Jazz play with the International flair that is fast becoming the NBA norm.

Reflective of elements found in the Four T’s of International Offense, the Jazz and specifically Gobert provide a vivid example of the TURN concept.

Video – Utah Jazz “Turns” ft. Rudy Gobert:

As demonstrated in the video above, the TURN is a rescreen. Like the TWIST, it is a reaction to the first action creating no advantage. The TURN is a down screen followed by a ball screen. The down screen does not create a useable advantage in many instances so the screener “turns” immediately into a ball screen for the cutter.


From a five-lane break, Gobert is often the center trailer (Player 5 in Frame 1). As the Jazz reverse to the second side, Player 2 moves into position to cut off the down screen (Frame 2). After the ball hits the second side, Player 5 down screens for Player 2 (Frame 3). X2 often goes under the screen, meaning Player 2 gets the catch but with no useable advantage. Player 5 then “turns” into an immediate rescreen for Player 2 and the Jazz are in Spread Ball Screen.

Coaches can apply this as a read – anytime the cutter catches with no advantage on a down screen, “turn” into a ball screen. If no advantage was gained, we must create one.

Another possible usage could be a scripted false sequence of down screen/ball screen that asks the defenders (X2 and X5) to defend two successive actions meant to bring another player in to Spread Ball Screen.

Below is an International example of a TURN from French professional club ASVEL. This is a staggered down screen where the second screener immediately “turns” into the ball screen when the cutter catches with no advantage.

The Jazz have a difficult challenge in the Western Conference Semifinals. They find themselves in an 0-1 hole to the top-seeded Houston Rockets. Utah finished the season on a high and ousted the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round.

The international core of players and super-rookie Donovan Mitchell will be tasked with keeping pace with Houston. They will need all the advantages actions such as the TURN can create to advance.

March 3, 2018 - Sacramento, CA, USA - Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert dunks against the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, March 3, 2018. The Jazz won, 98-91. (Credit Image: © Hector Amezcua/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Further Reading:

Offensive Elements: Takes And Twists

The Four T’s Of International Offense

Spread Ball Screen Basics

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Randy Sherman is the owner and founder of Radius Athletics - a basketball coaching consulting firm - where he consults with basketball coaches at all levels on coaching philosophy, practice planning, Xs & Os and teaching a conceptual style of basketball. While a head basketball coach at the the interscholastic level, Sherman's teams won 197 games in nine seasons.
February 13, 2018 – Salt Lake City, UT, Estados Unidos – Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (C) drives off a pick by center Rudy Gobert (R) as San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (L) gives chase during an NBA game at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, 12 February 2018. (Credit Image: © George Frey/EFE via ZUMA Press)

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