How to Drive to the Basket

In basketball, there are many shots but the majority of them will be low percentage shots unless you practice them a lot. but, the one shot that you should make 99% of the time is the lay up so in order to get a layup there are a variety of moves that you can do in order to get into the position to make a layup or make a very high percentage shot that is very tough to block.


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    First you need to analyze the situation. (Who's guarding you? Are they tall or short, slow or fast, fat or skinny, and many other critical factors.
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    Then find an opening or space in which you can penetrate, again there are many factors that come into play, is the hole on your strong or weak hand, is there a strong weak side defender, and many more.
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    After you have decided your point of attack you must pick a move in order to beat the man guarding you. You can do the crossover, spin,bull-rush, stop and go, pump fake and many more.(these are just the most basic and/or the most successful ones.
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    On the crossover you dribble one way fake that way and cross over very quick to the opposite hand, your opponent should be a step to a half step behind you and that is all you need to beat him.
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    The spin is when you dribble one way and spin, so that you trap the defender behind your body, now you should have that 1 half to a whole step advantage that you need,
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    The floater is a relatively low percentage shot if you don't practice it, but on the other hand it is near impossible to block (even if you are playing someone much taller than you are). You will dribble past your man and get 5–10 feet (1.5–3.0 m) away from the basket and will go up on one foot while your other foot is out and aim to lay the ball right in the basket without aiming for the square.
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    The bull rush is when there is either a very large space to penetrate of a very weak defender is guarding you. you pick one side and just go full speed and try to beat your defender(this USUALLY does not work if your defender is stronger, faster or a lot taller than you are.
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    The stop and go is when you pick one side and dribble as fast as you can to that side and suddenly stop. Your defender should be off balance and you can pick the right shot in order to score.
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    The pump fake is when you fake the shot and you want the defender to jump and then you attack while he is in the air,he cannot change direction while in midair, (this only USUALLY works if you have all ready established yourself as a high percentage shooter.)
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    Once you have beaten your man if there is no weak side defender than you should go straight up for the layup, but if a weak side defender picks you up there again is a lot of options that you can take to beat him.
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    One of the popular ones is the hop step. you simply pick up the ball and take a hop. It makes it so that all your momentum is going forward and like I said earlier in the article you cannot change direction while in midair so you can only go forward unless some one physically touches you and if he does it should be a foul. Then when you land go up again and you should have beat the weak side defender or he should have fouled you, if he has and you are unable to take the shot just throw it up and it will seem like you have been fouled. The ref will call it and you could make it too.
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    You can also try to spin again all though this isn't quite as effective but if you are one of the bigger men on the court this will work nicely. after you spin you can go up for the shot again.
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    You can also try the reverse lay up in which you go all the way around the basket and do the layup on the other side. It will work if the defender jumped before you reached the other side.
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    Finally you can mix and match these moves in any way you want to create an almost infinite amount of ways to drive in. just remember these are just the basic or most successful moves and there are still many more out there and if you do come against a bigger defender in the low post penetrate hard to draw a foul.


  • Always guard the ball from your opponent, usually with the hand that you are not dribbling with.
  • Practice lay-ups to finish it.
  • Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Nate Wixom, Derrick Rose, Tony Parker,and Lebron James are all great finishers. Watch their technique.
  • Don't make any jerking movements or unnecessary size ups. If you're facing a decent defender, he'll likely be watching your bellybutton/torso area, so all you're doing is throwing yourself off balance.
  • Always shift your momentum towards your defenders' weak side. If he/she is a left hand shooter force then to go to the right and vice versa.
  • If your defender cuts off your dominant side go the other way. If you even want to be a decent basketball player, you have to be able to drive to both sides. Especially Kobe Bryant, he can mix and match the almost infinite amount of moves in order to beat most defenders.


  • Try not to do too much acrobatics,sometimes if you don't have pressure, you can drive to the basket and lay it in easily
  • Be careful not to trip.
  • Try not running too fast, it might result in hitting the wall.

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