The Secret to Attacking the Hoop with Only 3 Basketball Moves
Joe Haefner: Hey, this is coach Joe Haefner. In this next video, we're going to show you three moves to do when attacking the basket. The beauty of these moves is that they compliment everyone, so when the defender stops one move, you can instantly counter to another move, which will make you almost impossible to guard. In this video you'll also notice that most of these moves are built off attacking opposite of a pass, so if you receive a pass from the left, you attack right. If you received a pass from the right, you attack left.
Joe Haefner: Over a decade ago, NBA trainer, Don Kelbick, taught me this tactic and it completely changed the way that I train players. Here's why. If your teammate has the ball in the left-wing, most of the defenders will either be in the middle of the floor on the left side of the floor. That means the right side of the floor will be wide open to attack. This works great for a few reasons. One, the defense is already on the opposite side of the floor and they have to travel more distance to stop you.
Joe Haefner: Two, you can use the defenders momentum against him if they do recover in time. Then the first move, breakthrough campus instructor, Paris Davis, takes you through a simple catch and rip opposite. If you become a shooting threat, you'll be amazed at the number of opportunities you get just with a simple attack and rip, because the defense has to close out hard to stop you.
Paris Davis: You have two players here. One person on the opposite side, he doesn't have the ball. What he's going to do, he's going to take two steps off, do a V-cut, then he's going to shoot up towards the top, receiving the pass. Once he receives the pass, he wants to make sure he's getting into a right-left facing up to the basket. Always remember when you're coming up to the top you're thinking shot first. Right, left and then he needs to identify which way he's going to go. In this situation he's going to use his left foot and he's doing a step through towards the basket off a right-left. This is also called a forward pivot. Before he starts he wants to take his person down off a v-cut, create the space, and then get into the position.
Paris Davis: All right, ready? Boom. Right, left. Good. Good. Boom. Up. Right, left. Good. Good. Last one. Last one. One more, one more, one more. Take him down. Good. Good.
Paris Davis: Not only can you do a right-left, but you can also get into a hop in this situation. The advantages of a hop is you haven't established your pivot foot, so you can choose either left or right. Now, when I come up to the top, when I catch the ball, I'm getting into a hop and I can go right or I can go left. In this situation we're going to go right, extending out a long right-left, attacking the basket into a finish.
Paris Davis: Good. Follow up. Good. Still ripping to the ear. Good, take him away. Pop up, hands ready. Hop. Good. Long step. Good. Last one, last one, last one. Good. Hand up.
Paris Davis: After you feel comfortable with that, the next progression is, you may have weak side or somebody that may step up in that situation you will get into a jump stop, I would like to call it. All right? This is where you have weak side coming from this way. Domas, if you can, I want you to ball up top. Take your man below. Catch and rip at the top. Attack the basket, attack the basket. I step up, jump stop. Then you can do a small floater. You can do a small floater or you can still do a push floater, all right? Let's try it out.
Paris Davis: Attack. Good. Get your rebound, get your rebound, get your rebound. Again. All right, take him away. Ear. Good. Good. Last one, last one. Last one. Up. Good. Attack. Good.
Paris Davis: By doing the jump stop, it gives you stability. It allows you to avoid charges and puts you in a better situation to score. Next progression we're going to talk about, if this person steps up a little bit sooner, and you need to counter with a change of direction move. That can be a cross over through the legs or behind the back. Now, once Domas catch the ball up top, I'm going to step up a little further. Now, he needs to do his rip through and react quick to this move, and we're still going to finish towards the basket.
Paris Davis: Try it out. Ready? Let's go. Take him away, up to the top. Boom. Rip. Boom. Quick. Good. Next. Up. Away. Good. Rip. Quick. Good. Last one, last one. Good. Rip, rip, rip, rip. Quick.
Paris Davis: It's important that you identify when people are stepping up when you have weak side to determine what you need to do. You can catch the ball on two feet or you can catch it into a right-left. This is a good drill for working on changing directions, ripping through, and getting to the basket and finishing.
Joe Haefner: Okay. We hope you enjoyed the video. If you want to get more free shooting workouts, tips, and drills, be sure to click on the link below or in the description where you can gain instant access.
Having a high court awareness allows players to see the court and position themselves as offensive threats. This video reveals three highly effective ways to attack the basket while taking advantage of defenders being out of position.
The beauty is that these moves all complement each other, creating multiple options for an offensive player. Therefore, when a defender stops one move, there is an instinctive progression to the next.
A Little Secret That Makes the Moves Even More Effective
Here is a little secret about attack moves and a very important point to emphasize. We learned this over a decade ago from NBA trainer Don Kelbick.
On all of these moves, you attack the opposite direction of the pass. If the pass comes from the left, you attack to the right. If the pass comes from the right, you attack to the left.
That's because if your teammate has the ball on the left wing, most of the defenders will be on the left side of the floor and the middle of the floor.
1. There are very few defenders on the opposite side of the floor.
2. The defense has a longer path to travel.
3. The defender's momentum can be used against them if they do recover in time.
This makes it much more difficult for the defenders to stop you when attacking the basket.
Then when you master effective moves that complement each other, this makes you nearly impossible to guard!
3 Moves to Attack the Basket
Here are three moves that you can use when attacking the basket.
Move #1 - Catch and Rip Opposite
You catch the ball and face the basket looking to shoot. Then you immediately rip the ball across your body and dribble to the basket for a lay up.
You can utilize a hop or forward pivot when catching the ball.
- Think shot first! You need to be a threat to shoot first. If you're open to shoot, shoot it. If the defense closes out and stops the shot, this opens up a driving lane.
- Rip high or low and tight - When you rip the ball across your body, make sure to rip it below your knees or across your forehead. You also want to keep the ball tight to your body on the rip. This keeps the ball away from the defender's hands and prevents steals.
- Step straight to the basket or by the defender's hips - This enables you to get a straight line to the basket so you can get to the basket quicker.
- Athletic stance! Ensure players are "living low" in an athletic stance and are score ready to make a move.
Move #2 - Jump Stop
If the defense slides in front of you near the basket (about 4 to 10 feet from the basket), you can come to a jump stop before reaching the defense. You can utilize a jump shot or floater.
This allows you to get balanced, prevent charges, and evade the defense.
- Little, quick jump - You don't want to jump high and far. This will take you into the defense for a possible charge and give them more time to recover. A little, quick jump gets you balanced and ready to shoot.
- Arc on your shot - You want to make sure to get enough arc on your shot. This will help you shoot over shot blockers coming from the help side.
Move #3 - Counter Dribble
If the defender recovers or the help defense steps up further, you can use a change of direction move. This will use the defender's momentum against them and give you a lane to attack the basket.
To begin, Player 1 has a ball on the wing. Player 2 is on the opposite wing.
Player 2 v-cuts to the top of the key. The set up is to take their defender two steps away from their intended target, change speeds, and then flash to the top of the key.
Once at the top of the key, the player drops into an athletic stance, ready to receive the pass.
Progression 1: Catch and Rip
Player 1 passes to Player 2.
Player 2 catches the ball then executes a catch and rip move then shoots.
Player 1 that made the pass will now move to the opposite wing. The scorer then replaces the passer on the opposite wing.
The drill formation repeats until the desired number of reps are reached.
Progression 2: Jump Stop
In the next progression, the jump stop move is used prior to the shot or lay up.
Progression 3: Counter Dribble Move
In the next progression, a counter dribble move is used prior to the shot or lay up.
To enhance the drill, use the following variations:
Multi-purpose the drill - After the player finishes at the basket, they grab the rebound and use a dribble move when dribbling out to the wing to become the passer. This adds the dimension of ball handling to the drill.
Change the attack areas - The court is a blank canvas; use all areas to explore and prepare for game experiences. You can cut from the corner, the block, the wing, the short corner, etc. Focus most on what happens most for you during the game or within your offense.
Add live defenders - You can start each possession with the same cut above. However, you can play a competitive 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 game. You can also limit dribbles to stay with the original idea of creating space and attacking the basket quickly.
Good luck and make the defense pay!
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