Post play in basketball comes down to having patience and reading the defense. The different scoring moves on the block are just a combination of pivots and fakes put together in a move – counter move progression. The best post players always have a go-to move and a few counters. Today we will look at one of the best moves to use in the post when the defender is being over aggressive and leaning on you. The Quick Spin Post Move Baseline, made famous by Pau Gasol, will leave the defender completely out of position and give you an opportunity to finish at the rim, if properly executed.
The Quick Spin Post Move should be used when:
- The defender presents you with an armbar (bent elbow in your back, universal post defense position) and you feel that it is their arm closest to the baseline.
- The defender is pushing you or leaning into you with their body and elbow. Imagine that if you completely moved out of the way, the defender would fall flat on their face. If that is the case, it is the perfect situation to use the quick spin.
- Make sure you are positioned high enough on the low block. This is because you do not want to perform the quick spin, then all of sudden find yourself out of bounds or pinned too far under the backboard.
- Lastly, make sure you have caught the ball in the post in a two foot jumpstop and have not chosen a pivot foot yet. In order to perform the quick spin, you need to have your foot closest to the baseline be your pivot foot.
Technique of the quick spin post move:
- Select your foot closest to the baseline as your pivot foot.
- Keep the ball tight to your body and don’t use your dribble until you execute the spin move.
- Lean back a little bit, to feel the amount of pressure your defender is giving you and recognize which direction it is coming from.
- Execute a full spin on your baseline pivot foot by bringing your top foot all the way around until you are facing the rim.
- Use a slight shoulder roll against the defender’s shoulders to further assist your defender to fall forward and out of position. Do not hook the defender with your arm as it will be called an offensive foul.
- Immediately take a dribble and look to finish with a reverse layup or power layup on the same side of the rim.
Here is a great video of the master of the quick spin post move, Pau Gasol.
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