Basketball Post Moves & Skills: Drop Step Counter

Two Post Moves Demonstrated in the Video:

  1. Drop Step Towards Baseline, Inside Pivot, Jump Shot

  2. Drop Step Towards Middle, Inside Pivot, Jump Shot

The drop step, inside pivot, jump shot is a great counter-move to the Drop Step. After you have done a couple of drop steps, the defender may start to anticipate it. That's when you counter it with the drop step, inside pivot, jump shot. The more you keep the defender guessing, the easier it will be for you to put pressure on the defense.

How to Drop Step Towards the Baseline, Inside Pivot, Jump Shot
  • Plant your inside foot as the pivot foot and
  • As you receive the pass, drop step towards the goal with your outside leg.
  • Instead of taking that extra step to complete the lay up, Inside (Reverse) pivot so that you are squared to the hoop and pull up for the shot.
How to Drop Step towards the Middle, Inside Pivot, Jump Shot
  • Plant your outside foot as the pivot foot and
  • As you receive the pass, drop step towards the goal with your inside leg.
  • Instead of taking that extra step to complete the lay up, Inside (Reverse) pivot so that you are squared to the hoop and pull up for the shot.


React to the Defense - If the player does not drop back, blow right by with the drop step. If the defender backs off, inside (reverse) pivot and shoot.

Don't Rush the Shot - Don't take an off balance or a shot that you don't feel comfortable with. Kick the ball out and re-post if you need to. You'll find that a lot of defenders relax for a brief second when you pass the ball back out to a perimeter player. This is an opportune time to gain great post position.

Related Products & Articles

If you would like to learn more about developing post players, take a look at Don Kelbick's simplified process that he uses to train pro players in the book

How To Develop High Scoring and Highly Skilled Post Players.

If you are interested to see what other people are saying about the book, view the bottom of this page for reviews.

The Attack & Counter Skill Development System - DVDs & eBook

Low Post Chair Pivot Drill

Drop Step Drill

Do you have any questions or suggestions for this drill? Let us know by leaving your comments...


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John says:
7/29/2020 at 2:11:35 PM

Hello I’m just , because I’m trying to figure out what happened to the videos on this page. I can’t seem to see the videos for whatever reason.


Jeff Haefner says:
5/19/2014 at 9:57:16 AM

Brian - We're working on the finishing touches right now. With a larger project like this it's hard to predict when it will be completely finished. Best case it will be done in 4 weeks. That's best case. If we have any hiccups it could be much longer. We'll keep you posted!


Brian Sass says:
5/15/2014 at 9:41:44 PM

How soon until that Attack and Counter skill development DVD?


Joe Haefner says:
10/23/2013 at 10:58:15 AM

Ed, as of now, we do not have any video available. However, in the next few months, we will be releasing Don's Attack and Counter Skill Development System which will have plenty of post and perimeter drills.


Ed Atlas says:
10/23/2013 at 9:58:00 AM

I purchased the Low Post Move e-book and was wondering if you have a DVD with all the low post moves? That would be great. Please send me an e-mail with the price if it is available. Thank you.


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Drew says:
10/27/2010 at 11:14:20 AM

That look like a great drill I love the fact that you put a video of it on the website! It makes me understand it even more. Thanks for the tips!!


Colin says:
11/11/2009 at 3:42:04 PM

These are great videos and your advice, drills, tips and knowledge has helped me become a better coach to my teams! All I need now is more time and matches to get the teams enjoying it more!
Thanks heaps!


Chad Morris says:
5/8/2009 at 7:56:41 PM

A drop step that is percieved on this video is a drop step. Their are two different drop step moves. Both without a dribble preferably.


Joe Haefner says:
12/4/2008 at 7:38:35 PM

Good observation, Ryan. You are correct, the player does a jab step (fake drop step), the reverse pivots into the shot.

The title might of thrown you off. It is a counter-move to the drop step.

You can perform a drop-step without dribbling. Take a look at this video:


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