This is a good play when you have players that can run the pick and roll. With the clear-out — and a good twosome who can run the pick-and-roll, you will find a lot of easy baskets with this play.
The Clear-Out 2-Man Play starts in a low double stack formation. O1 initiates the play by dribbling to one side of the court. It doesn’t matter which side is chosen because the play can be run on either side. The two low players in the stack simply need to know proper movement. In this diagram, as O1 dribbles to the right, O3 cuts to the ballside corner and O2 cuts up the lane to the free throw/top of key area.
As O2 receives the pass from O1, O4 comes up to set a screen, creating the pick-and-roll situation. We now see the ‘clear-out’ situation.
With a good screen, O2 can often dribble all the way to the basket for a layup.
If the clear isn’t available, O4 should roll to the basket; pausing momentarily after setting the pick so O2 can drive all the way if possible.
As O2 and O4 play the 2-man pick-and-roll game, O5 should step away to the short corner to draw his defender away from the action. Also, O1 should move back to the top of the circle area to become a safety valve.