I am going to talk about the different techniques to defend the middle pick & roll. In my opinion, a middle pick & roll is anything set from the free-throw line extended and above. I also believe there are two different types of middle pick & rolls: Flat and Angled. (See Images Below) Additionally, each type of pick & roll can be guarded differently depending on personnel and game plan.
In my experience, there are five ways to effectively guard an angled middle pick & roll: Level, Jam, Show, Blitz, and Switching. Note: these can be utilized in any middle pick & roll situations.
1. Level: Leveling is a very similar concept to “Weak”. However, you are not forcing the ball handler to one direction. Rather your big simply levels off the screen to prevent the guard from turning the corner. This also prevents the defense from getting burned if the ball handler turns down the screen. The big sits back and waits until the guard comes off of the screen before he takes action.