Just got back from a great weekend of hitting the slopes in Vermont. It’s always nice to get away with some friends and do some skiing especially when the conditions are good and they were surprisingly good. Now that I’m back and rejuvenated from the long weekend, I wanted to continue with my recent post on attacking out of the triple threat. Last week’s post entitled, “What I Witnessed Looked Like Rec Soccer (Part 3)” discussed the importance of being able to attack from a triple threat position. From a basketball skill development perspective coming to triple threat is one of the essential keys to the game and is always one of the initial skills taught to youth players and a key focal point for the older players at the Elite Basketball Training Academy. Coming to the triple threat position allows the attacking player to be able to dribble, pass, and shoot. Once in the triple threat position there are a series of basic moves that a player can complete that includes:
- Jab and shoot
- Jab, shot fake, shoot
- Jab, shot fake, and go (rocker move)
- Jab opposite, rip through, and go
Using this series of jab moves will help you create space for you to either shoot or put the ball on the floor to get off a jumper off the dribble, get to the rim, or draw two defenders and create an open shot for your teammate. However, there are times when the defense is better and more advanced moves are necessary to counter the defense and create space.
In order to create space for yourself and your teammates, in these more difficult situations, you must have what I call the “Big Four. The “Big Four” includes:
- Step back
- Step back/Pull back/Crossover
- Pullback/Spin Move
- Step Back/Pull Back/Crossover/ Spin Move
These moves require a higher degree of difficulty than the fundamental moves mentioned earlier. The key component with all of them is to maintain your low center of gravity as you step back and pull back. This will help you keep your shoulders over your feet thereby keeping your entire body in a balanced position to the make the move or shoot the jumper. Overall, mastery of these moves requires time, effort, and repetition but they will ultimately prove useful in creating when encountering better opponents.
Let us know if you have any other Big Time moves out of the triple threat to add to my Big Four by commenting in the comments section below.
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