Raptors Playbook: “Snap 3”
Over at the Raptors Playbook YouTube channel (@RaptorsPlaybook on Twitter), I am breaking down the X’s & O’s of the Toronto Raptors. This week, we’ll focus on “Snap 3” – a play designed to create an easy catch for a post up that properly spaces the floor to isolate a mismatch. Watch the video embedded below alongside the summary written, and remember to follow and subscribe to never miss out on a video.
Main Option: Punch (Post Up) – Starting at 0:28
The play starts with the Point Guard initiating the play by crossing half court and engaging in “Snap” action with the trailing Center. This pass-and-return brings the Point Guard to the opposite side of the court, which will put them in position to facilitate the entry pass.
Before the entry pass can occur, the wing player in the Weak Side corner will rub cut/come off a cross screen from the eventual post up player. This is to dissuade the defense’s ability to “front” the post up and allow for an easier catch on the block.
This play is simple – it is largely used to isolate Kawhi Leonard on the wing/low block. In the grand scheme of things, it is likely a below average expected-value play for Toronto, considering the PPP that a post up (even from a stellar player such as Leonard) can provide. However, if the advantage calls for such a play to be called, it is well worth it to isolate that mismatch and attack it in this manner.
Additionally, Kawhi Leonard does not turn the ball over in the post. At the time of the creation of the video, he had 92 post up possessions, and only 3 turnovers on such plays. That was the 2nd lowest TOV% on such plays in the league among qualified players. This is to say that this play-call allows for Toronto to slow the pace down if needed and ensure that the defense has to take the ball from under the basket, whether it be from a rebound or an inbound.
Last couple of notes on this play are that it is almost exclusively called for Leonard, but has been sparingly called for Pascal Siakam, Jonas Valanciunas, and Greg Monroe. Additionally, “Snap 3” is what I believe to be the real play-call that Toronto uses to initiate the action, though I may be mistaken.