The Art of the Pick: The NBA's Most Popular Play Requires an Unsung Hero

NEW YORK — In recent years, the pick-and-roll has morphed into the NBA’s most popular play. Offensive attacks, such as the one belonging to the Charlotte Hornets, who run pick-and-rolls more frequently than 25 of the league’s 30 teams, are built around it. Defensive schemes are predicated on being able to stop it. The play has catapulted a number of guards, like Charlotte's Kemba Walker, into stardom.

Walker could credit his favorite pick-and-roll partner Cody Zeller for a few of...

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