The ‘Dallas’ set play gives the point guard several options to create scoring opportunities. The multiple on-ball screens put pressure on the defense and can create easy scoring opportunities if they are not effective at defending the pick-and-roll.
The players start as shown in the above diagram. O1 has the ball at the top with O4 and O5 at the elbows. O2 and O3 set up in the corners.
Both O4 and O5 step up to set an on-ball screen for the point guard. O1 has the option to go either left or right. In our diagram, O1 has chosen to go right.
Once O1 has used the screen, O5 will roll to the basket. O1 may have several potential options such as passing to O5 as he rolls to the basket, calling his own number and shooting the three-pointer or a pull-up jump shot, or penetrating to the hoop for a layup, dump pass to O5, or kick-out to O2.
O1 must keep his dribble because if nothing is available, we progress to the second option of this play…
As mentioned, if nothing was available from the initial on-ball screen, O1 must keep his dribble. The high post player who did set the on-ball screen will now slide a couple steps over to set another on-ball screen. O1 will use the screen and dribble back to the left side.
Again, several options may be available such as a quick three-point shot, a penetration move for a pull-up jumper or layup, or a kick-out to O3. O4 may also be open on either a roll to the basket or at the top. After setting the screen, O4 may decide to spot up near the top of the key — especially if his defender drops down to help.
As you can see, a lot of options are created from a simple on-ball screen at the top. With a solid point guard who makes good decisions, this is a very effective play.