4 Quick Post Moves To Use Against Bigger Or Slower Defenders
Joe Haefner: Hey, this is Coach Joe Haefner. In this next video, Breakthrough Camps instructor Jim Huber is going to take you through four quick post moves that you can use against bigger or slower defenders to score more points.
Jim Huber: Say I'm bigger than RJ. He's small, I'm bigger, right? You got big Shaq guarding him. So in that mindset, that same thing he's going to do, he's going to catch it, chin and check. He knows that, and say I'm playing behind him. Now you can very easily do the old Tim Duncan, man, he can back pivot, rip the ball, right face up, and he ought to be thinking shot. The key thing to make this effective, as he back pivots, it's got to be a violent rip, he's got to be violent with his feet and ripping the ball in the position to shoot it because the quicker he does that, as a defender, I'm going to be backing off. Be quick into it, I'm going to back off to create space into it.
Jim Huber: The other thing like RJ's doing, he turns he's ready to shoot the basketball. He wants to have the same footwork every time. He doesn't want to turn, go ahead turn, and over turn to where he's got to, now step back. He doesn't want to under turn, he turned under turn, where he's got to restep, gather himself and shoot it. You want to step, same footwork, so you're ready to shoot the basketball.
Jim Huber: So he's right here... you're going to catch it, chin, check, back pivot, shot. He's at a forty five degree angle, he's using the glass, wide hands, showing hands, ball, ball, ball, catching it, ready to shoot it, turn, right? Now if he does that, and he shoots a couple, he makes it, then my mind said, hands wide. My mind said he catches it, chin, check, he back moves. I take it away now because I'm tired of getting beat. Now what he's going to do is he's gonna step, sweep baseline, rip the ball across knee V, step to the rim, hard smash one.
Jim Huber: A couple of things you can think about is this; if he catches it and he does that, he back pivots, stop there, and he steps and goes and I'm a defender, I'm on the inside and he starts to attack, and he sees me, feels me here. He can veer me and bump me out and then create space to go. What will happen if you don't do that sometimes, go ahead, back pivot or sweep and attack, they'll push you out, right, outside the baseline. You have no angles. You step out of bounds. The other thing that can happen is; if you back pivot, sweep and go, I might be here, you might see me, you might go to the opposite side and finish and go to reverse, right? Okay?
Jim Huber: So we'll work on that right now. So you got your counter, wide hands, ball, ball, catch it, rip, attack, goes up, dunks and finishes, alright? Do it again. Catch it, you can have him read me so he's here. Right? Like that I pushed him, I would love for him to feel me and now I want you to veer me in that situation. Hands wide, catch, rip, pan me, good, veer me, create space and go. So again that's another one.
Jim Huber: Now what he could also do on the counter is this, he catches it, he faces up, rips, during this I take it away. Say I take it away this time RJ. You rip and go. I take it away. Now he's coming back to the middle. We call this a lot of times a double rip but in the post you'll see even guys do this; RJ's here I might catch it and I might know he's slower and stronger, I might just bait him to go this way so I can step and get back middle to my hook. A lot of people call it the probe in the game of basketball. So he's here catching it, back p, grips, comes back middle, finish then, right? That's if you have a smaller person or a bigger person guarding you that's slower that you can use your quickness against them.
Jim Huber: One more thing I just want to show you in the post, another thing you can think about is this; if he catches the basketball, go ahead give it to him, and he feels somebody like butting up against him, butting up against him now we can do the old Shaq. Just give him a quick spin. He can turn off of me, my pressure, just a quick spin and turn and go, right? We're going to show this real quick. What he's doing is just a four pivot. He's going to turn, spin, he's going to take that person's momentum away from them. Defend our body ball on this side and attack. You're not fighting the pressure you're using it against them. Back up and as soon as you feel me, he's going to turn, spin, attack and go. Alright?
Jim Huber: It can be this side too. Do it again. Say I'm butting you from this side. He can turn, spin and go middle. Again in the post if you notice in some of the of footwork, a lot of it's the same you do on the perimeter, different parts in the game of basketball. Think about it if you have somebody smaller than you, attack them. Take them further to the basket. Get close, dunk on them. Jump hook them. Do whatever. If they're big or stronger, then face up, shoot it. Use your quickness against them in attacking them in the post.
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As Coach Huber explained in the video, the back pivot is a great post move to create space and take advantage of your quickness. And if you add the three counter moves, it can make you nearly impossible to stop.
Here are some tips to help you better execute these post moves...
Post Move #1 - Back Pivot: Create Space And Take Advantage Of Your Quickness
First, let's cover the key points to a highly effective back pivot post move.
Violent Rip And Pivot - The quicker you can pivot and rip the ball, the more space you can create from the defender. This creates an opening for an immediate shot. If the defender quickly comes forward to stop the shot, this opens up your counter moves to attack the basket.
Ready To Shoot - As soon as you face the basket, you need to be ready to shoot. Any pause gives the defense more time to recover to stop the shot. Additionally, it gives the defense more time to get balanced and stop your counter moves.
Develop Consistent Footwork - You don't want to overturn or underturn as this puts you in a poor shooting position. This can lead to lower shooting percentages and ineffective counter moves due to poor balance. You want to develop consistent footwork, so you can shoot quickly or counter quickly and effectively.
Post Move #2 - Sweep Counter Move
When the defender stops your shot, you immediately counter to the sweep. Based on the defender's close out angle, this gives you the best driving angle to the basket.
Rip Below Knees And Drive In Straight Line - Make sure to rip the ball below the knees and drive in a straight line to the rim. This will prevent steals and ensure you get to the basket as quickly as possible.
Veer - If the defender makes contact, veer to maintain a good scoring angle and so you are not pushed out of bounds.
Opposite Side Of Rim To Score - You can also finish on the opposite side by using the rim as a shield against a shot blocker.
Post Move #3 - Double Rip Counter Move
If the defender reads the sweep, you can use a double rip move to drive to the middle.
Like before, make sure to aggressively rip the ball and jab step. This will bait the defender further to the baseline and open up the middle of the floor.
Post Move #4 - Quick Spin Counter Move
If the defender is excessively leaning on you or creating a lot of pressure and contact, you can immediately go to the quick spin move.
Here are some tips for the quick spin...
Forward Pivot And Step Straight To Rim -To counter, you simply forward pivot and step straight to the rim.
Don't Fight Pressure - You don't want to fight the pressure. You want to use it against the defender. By fighting the pressure, you may lose some of the quickness on the move or lose balance.
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