Watch how frightening this looks. Zion completely blows by Anderson as if there’s nobody there. And then the thunderous dunk for 2 of his 31 points on 13 of 16 from the floor. 13 of 16 that’s crazy. But what if I told you that the Pelicans ran a special action for a lot of those points. And the Grizzlies could not stop it.
Let me break it down. What up everybody my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
You all know how the conventional pick and rolls work. The big guy comes and sets a screen for the guard and then it’s either drive, pass or shoot. Nothing new.
Well check this out. Throughout the entire game against Memphis, the Pelicans ran a reverse pick and roll with JJ Reddick setting the screen for Zion.
And look what happens. 1) Zion gets a full head of steam so the help defense has no chance of stopping his drive to the basket. But also they can’t switch it since JJ is so quick when relocating that by the time Valanciunas gets to him the shot would already be up and probably a swish.
Right here Grizzlies try to put Dillon Brooks on Williamson, a more mobile defender than Valanciunas for sure, but still, JJ sets this pick so beautifully that Brooks cannot get under it and recover. And look at the body control and the strength in the air by goodness this is absolutely insane what he’s doing.
And look at this beautiful execution. Zion notices that Reddick is coming in for the back screen. So he can pick and choose the side. Williamson here completely fools the defense by going left to right crossover, and look at where that leaves the help defender.
Again the spectacular finish with his built in flight control system. I’ll play this clip once again to fully be able to see what happens here.
So naturally after getting broken down for so many times, when Memphis tried to gang up on him, Zion of course found Reddick for the shot. And Tyus Jones cannot be closer to him because he also needs to pay attention to Hart and be in the middle between the 2 shooters.
So JJ as you may assume knocks this one down.
And since I mentioned Hart, here is one assist going to him. After the pick and roll, look at how the Grizz need to put 4 bodies on Zion just to stop his penetration. This is crazy.
Hart has all day to shoot this and naturally it goes in.
Let me show you just 1 final example cause i found this really funny. New Orleans goes for the same thing just along the side, Zion drives and the monster finish with the And-1, but the reaction by JJ here is funny. He’s just shaking his head admiring at his own teammate.
I first noticed the Pelicans trying Reddick as a screener back on Christmas day and I made a video about the best plays from the holiday matchups. But then it was more of a 1 time thing.
But this is the first game that I see them consistently running this, and I guess part of the reason was the fact that Memphis doesn’t have the defensive personnel to stop this. This is a bad matchup for them.
Also when you have both Ingram and Hart going 20+ points on 60+% from the field, you are definitely losing that game.
But even with all the talent on this team, at 12-15 they are still trying to figure things out and find out the right way to play winning basketball and become a perennial playoff team for years to come. They definitely have all the pieces to do it, all the talent in the world, I guess it’s just about growing and putting the pieces of the puzzle together. They’ll get there.
I really enjoyed making this video, if you liked it, please hit that like button it helps a lot, and subscribe for more in depth analysis. Talk to you in the next one. Peace out.


  1. ken5jk

    ken5jkПре месец

    Why do I imagine Zion's voiceover voice while watching these plays, hahaha

  2. Javier Walker

    Javier WalkerПре месец


  3. See You Space Cowboy

    See You Space CowboyПре 2 месеца

    Great to see you back brother. ♡

  4. Larnelle Snowden

    Larnelle SnowdenПре 2 месеца

    Too easy!

  5. adjacent

    adjacentПре 2 месеца

    Probably the best white kyrie vid so far

  6. Marko Vascue

    Marko VascueПре 2 месеца

    Must trade the aqua man...aqua man is very soft and slow like mark ehehe

  7. Liam

    LiamПре 2 месеца

    They usually run this play with Zo or JJ a couple times a game with the exception of this one. I don't know why they don't do it more. No team has had a good answer for it, sure sometimes people will miss but it results in an open shot for someone almost every time.

  8. Ignacio Martinez-sagarra

    Ignacio Martinez-sagarraПре 2 месеца

    What App do you use to draw for your videos?

  9. Mr Squid

    Mr SquidПре 2 месеца

    gotta love that indept analysis!

  10. Max Starn

    Max StarnПре 2 месеца

    His finishing. I can’t even

  11. john michael dang-ay

    john michael dang-ayПре 2 месеца

    ingram has to go to maximize zion, coz none of them would like to become back up. if they are both at the floor even their team mates will get confuse to who will hold the ball. imo

  12. Jeff Rollo

    Jeff RolloПре 2 месеца

    This would be much different if Zion played on Jordan's era with a lot of deffensive machine and the contact will not be easy to called because of the gameplay of old basketball

  13. Christoffer Niegel

    Christoffer NiegelПре 2 месеца

    Look up the actor Simon Pegg..... Dont Tell me he doesn't look like Stephen

  14. guten tag

    guten tagПре 2 месеца

    We can do this but we can't give lonzo pg minutes 😭

  15. Gilho Ahn

    Gilho AhnПре 2 месеца

    So he's becoming a shorter, heavier (but potentially as unstoppable as) Greek Freak

  16. Javier González

    Javier GonzálezПре 2 месеца

    In depth analysis... Jimmyhighroller: do you even know charts?

  17. Senku Ishigami

    Senku IshigamiПре 2 месеца

    Zion is a great passer than giannis. Giannis can only attract 3 defenders but Zion can pull 4 defenders

  18. Cue

    CueПре 2 месеца

    this man could literally be helping so many nba teams

  19. Skydroid

    SkydroidПре 2 месеца

    Are you the Canadian Lad?

  20. Axzure YT

    Axzure YTПре 2 месеца

    If zeeon is charging at you just hack a shaq that the best chance you have of not getting postered

  21. Armin Arlert

    Armin ArlertПре 2 месеца

    That “BANG” at the end tho Me: INCREDIBLE

  22. Smarcus Mart

    Smarcus MartПре 2 месеца

    Whatup everybody my name is Heat Check and this is Stephen

  23. Hunter James

    Hunter JamesПре 2 месеца

    Love heat check, always straight to it, thanks for the no bs man

  24. alexandro disla

    alexandro dislaПре 2 месеца

    He will get injured

  25. kenneth tong

    kenneth tongПре 2 месеца

    Like a Young Lebron. 0 skills, 100 freight train bashing in.

  26. Gheezy Marro

    Gheezy MarroПре 2 месеца

    Zion Reminds me of Blake Griffin he might be the next lol

  27. Menma Uchiha

    Menma UchihaПре 2 месеца

    Do coaches ever ask you to delete your analysis and keep it a secret😂

  28. TomGetsBuckets

    TomGetsBucketsПре 2 месеца

  29. MrJamesbound007

    MrJamesbound007Пре 2 месеца

    Zion is the best paint player in the NBA and he is an absolute nightmare to guard.

  30. Random Palmtop Gaming

    Random Palmtop GamingПре 2 месеца

    Awesome analysis. Zion is a GOAT tier potential if he stays healthy and improves his defense. The problem with pelicans though, is in Ingram and his STUPID hero ball in clutch.

  31. Joze Vogrinec

    Joze VogrinecПре 2 месеца

    "BANG!"in Mike Breen`s voice

  32. Odinnie Reece

    Odinnie ReeceПре 2 месеца

    This play looks scary against a team like nets. Which clearly have no way to stop Zion

  33. Bamb8s

    Bamb8sПре 2 месеца

    Pels: **ez w against the Grizzlies** Dame: 🥱

  34. Derick Masai

    Derick MasaiПре 2 месеца

    3:36 BANG!

  35. Alex Greenberg

    Alex GreenbergПре 2 месеца

    Looking like J.J. with that shot at the end

  36. lyes215

    lyes215Пре 2 месеца

    If his body is ok he will be all star for such a long time

  37. Yuankui Qiu

    Yuankui QiuПре 2 месеца

    nice video! :)

  38. Noah's Ark

    Noah's ArkПре 2 месеца

    That's called an inverted screen. The one that you showed in the Christmas game was a Spain, or stack pnr. NOLA has been doing this for quite some time now, though in shorter bursts and not as frequently.

  39. KGN Nuke

    KGN NukeПре 2 месеца

    Finally My Team is Getting Good!

  40. Charles Jourdan

    Charles JourdanПре 2 месеца

    Why ESPN if you have Heat Check ❤

  41. Michael Perez

    Michael PerezПре 2 месеца


  42. Gio Vanni

    Gio VanniПре 2 месеца

    The pels need to realize if u got a guy shooting 60 plus % maybe he should take the most shots. Definitely more then 16 it's not to complicated but everyone wants theirs. That's why their losing. I would trade b.i and adams

  43. GeLo Langit

    GeLo LangitПре 2 месеца

    So JJ and Zion are like reverse StocktonMalone pick n roll

  44. Benjamin van Muijen

    Benjamin van MuijenПре 2 месеца

    1:41 “...with his build in flight control system” 😂

  45. indra waluyo

    indra waluyoПре 2 месеца

    Big and fast. Beast!

  46. Donald Li

    Donald LiПре 2 месеца

    1:22 amazing, I think maybe Adams can slow him down in a similar position

  47. Telekitosh

    TelekitoshПре 2 месеца

    I want to see draymond green tryna defend this.


    EVAN VANSICKLEПре 2 месеца

    Yeah, I've was looking to see the high-paid ESPN pro analysts talking about this, but they kinda missed it. It was a revolutionary adjustment and shows a bold new game plan and really changes the way we look at Zion's game. I wonder if it will be regular or only for certain teams/ scenarios.

  49. John Edzel Joaquin

    John Edzel JoaquinПре 2 месеца

    I hope ESPN hire you. You're so good at this

  50. Subha Choudhury

    Subha ChoudhuryПре 2 месеца

    Zion doesn't like social distancing

  51. It's Friday

    It's FridayПре 2 месеца

    Just want to let you know that these type of vids are my fav! Short but tons of info!

  52. Basketball Coach Allen

    Basketball Coach AllenПре 2 месеца

    This is a great pickup on Zion and the Pelicans! I mentioned this about a year ago saying they should get smaller guards screening for Zion to create mismatches but I never thought of doing it with a shooter. Such an amazing tactic that has so much potential.

  53. Dom Vincent Sabas

    Dom Vincent SabasПре 2 месеца

    Can you make a video about Jordan clarkson. He just dropped 40 on Ben simmons!

  54. Seven4life

    Seven4lifeПре 2 месеца

    when ur big man is defending on the 3 point line you know you fucked up.

  55. Pabebeng Biker

    Pabebeng BikerПре 2 месеца

    I really hate the hype build around zion, but I hope he will not get major injury again because this guy has promising talents and Pelicans might get to Finals in the near future.

  56. No idea for name

    No idea for nameПре 2 месеца

    They better run their offense with Zion

  57. Sid Athalye

    Sid AthalyeПре 2 месеца

    Bucks have been doing this with Giannis for a long time

  58. Tantien Nguyen

    Tantien NguyenПре 2 месеца

    Wait he actually made it

  59. JR Andal

    JR AndalПре 2 месеца

    tank build, with AD/ADC power in the middle.. gg

  60. Respawn Gaming

    Respawn GamingПре 2 месеца

    If this guy builds, let's say LBJ physique (and he can), we're looking at a virtually unstoppable player, period. I mean, he is pretty much already doing it

  61. Noah Rook

    Noah RookПре 2 месеца

    Amazing vid!


    TUTS TORIALПре 2 месеца

    wear and tear would stop him eventually

  63. Bfc

    BfcПре 2 месеца


  64. Motley Grant

    Motley GrantПре 2 месеца

    i do hope zion gives the same energy in defense

  65. Brutakk

    BrutakkПре 2 месеца

    JJ setting those solid Steven Adams screens

  66. Dioven Marcial

    Dioven MarcialПре 2 месеца

    JJ Redick HOF brick wall

  67. It’s Ty

    It’s TyПре 2 месеца

    Just need to work on that defense

  68. Keanu The Cat

    Keanu The CatПре 2 месеца

    Zion is doing these with his center (Adams or Hayes) being on the Dunker Spot (causing the opposing center to contest his shot) and still be efficient. Monster

  69. John Benedict Dionio

    John Benedict DionioПре 2 месеца

    Zion ain't using pick and roll. It's just roll😂

  70. Rusty James

    Rusty JamesПре 2 месеца

    I see zion, I like.

  71. LexanityGaming

    LexanityGamingПре 2 месеца

    bang! 3:36

  72. Matt Hutchinson

    Matt HutchinsonПре 2 месеца

    He needs more shots. 20-25 if you ask me. Even if his efficiency drops, he’d still avg 30 easy

  73. Cristian Dino

    Cristian DinoПре 2 месеца

    Redick's reaction is priceless. It's like: -There's no way.

  74. Cash_money_hy430 Hype

    Cash_money_hy430 HypeПре 2 месеца

    Nope it was like shiit here we go again

  75. Mark Jennings

    Mark JenningsПре 2 месеца

    Reverse pick and fade, surely?

  76. Sol Anwar

    Sol AnwarПре 2 месеца

    Stephen you are on fire this season, great episode today and congrats on draining the shot man

  77. Mike Villegas

    Mike VillegasПре 2 месеца

    You shot that like you just set a screen for Zion Williamson!

  78. allippuros TGP

    allippuros TGPПре 2 месеца

    most improve :josh hart

  79. rj singh

    rj singhПре 2 месеца

    Amazing video bro I’m literally going to take this and try to apply it to my rec team on 2k lol. U could have added something about Steven adams location on the opposite block for the non hoop heads too. This is a great place for adams to set off ball screens for opposite corner or even for josh hart and roll to the basket . This is really a great play for when adams is in the game and Zion is at the 4. This is great to keep bigger lineups on the court with a non shooting center but still utilizing Zion’s slashing excellence ! My fav video by u!

  80. Spicy Messy Heaven

    Spicy Messy HeavenПре 2 месеца

    I don't follow the Bucks closely enough to really know what I'm talking about, but it struck me that Giannis would probably thrive in this action if they ran it with him in Zion's place. His length and ability to finish at the rim seem like a perfect fit... does Budenholzer use anything similar or?

  81. Justin Ma

    Justin MaПре 2 месеца

    unstoppable?? his team is 12-15...

  82. Alexas 30

    Alexas 30Пре 2 месеца

    Yo he said Valančiūnas right🇱🇹applauds from Lithuania

  83. F8t3xxy

    F8t3xxyПре 2 месеца

    Bro... When i defend I don't think it much i just press him and put my hands up and i never got ankled breaked lol

  84. prison mike

    prison mikeПре 2 месеца

    i love how his finishing style is just basically jumping up, nothing fancy, just straight up jump layup or dunk. theres no craftiness because he doesnt need it, he just powers over the defenders.

  85. dean espinosa

    dean espinosaПре 2 месеца

    very accurate analysis by heat check 🔥

  86. Jerome Yudiet

    Jerome YudietПре 2 месеца

    Ingram and Zion needs to stop competing against each other and play as a team..and Zion needs to eat more if he wants to play center😂

  87. Marvz Del pilar

    Marvz Del pilarПре 2 месеца

    Meanwhile Zion play Penguin defence

  88. misfitz 09

    misfitz 09Пре 2 месеца

    Zion "Built-in flight control system" Williamson

  89. meiji ikhlasul

    meiji ikhlasulПре 2 месеца

    They have become a REAL team now.. bout damn time 💪

  90. Phillip Beckman

    Phillip BeckmanПре 2 месеца

    He's shooting 60 precent for the year. That's insane.

  91. Ugnep2000

    Ugnep2000Пре 2 месеца

    Zion's a crazy good athlete. He needs MORE touches he's above 60% fg because no one can stop him in the paint.

  92. m cc

    m ccПре 2 месеца

    Bang!!! you need to wear that White Kyrie ........

  93. Kyle Swenson

    Kyle SwensonПре 2 месеца

    honestly the bucks should run this with giannis and khris in the halfcourt.

  94. Jerry Luo

    Jerry LuoПре 2 месеца

    Now that they’ve seen that this works they definitely don’t need lonzo anymore trade him before his value drops again

  95. Ruslanas Filipovas

    Ruslanas FilipovasПре 2 месеца

    It's not like Zion is that amazing (he is strong finisher and doing his work), it's Memphis does have problems defensively. They are not switching on the screens, and not trying to stop him before he gets to the paint

  96. Ruslanas Filipovas

    Ruslanas FilipovasПре 2 месеца

    @Johnny Olden let's see his percentage in play offs, when team are going to play smart defense

  97. Johnny Olden

    Johnny OldenПре 2 месеца

    No zion is amazing dude is avg 25 on like 62% this year

  98. Meursy

    MeursyПре 2 месеца

    "Built-in flight control system" was a nice line :)

  99. Xabi Azpitarte

    Xabi AzpitarteПре 2 месеца

    Great analysis! However, I'll nitpick and say that what you called back screen is a flat screen

  100. Jaša Tkavc

    Jaša TkavcПре 2 месеца

    Can’t miss that new heat ćek 😆💯💪🏻

  101. Quicktwosteps

    QuicktwostepsПре 2 месеца

    😗when was the last time you saw Zion block someone?

  102. Positive Masculinity

    Positive MasculinityПре 2 месеца

    Lebron been doing it for years

  103. AveDom

    AveDomПре 2 месеца

    I swear whe Zion jumps gravity doesn’t affect him