As Parker beats P.J. Tucker going left, he leans in aggressively and cuts off the angle, just like I mentioned earlier. But he ends up blowing by Tucker so that he is trailing Parker rather than sitting on his hip.
Once this happens, Tucker's only chance is to block the shot from behind by trailing the play. Tucker assumes Parker is going to shoot a left-handed layup in this situation because that's what most offensive players would do. However, by leaning in and cutting off the angle, Parker now has the option of finishing on either side of the bucket. In this situation, he senses the opening for a quick scoop on the right side of the rim and takes it, surprising Tucker before he even has a chance to leave the ground.
Elite Athleticism? No thanks...
Take a look back at the four clips in this article. How high did Stephen and Parker have to jump to get clean looks at the basket? I mean, I could barely slide a newspaper underneath Stephen and Parker's feet on these finishes.
Yeah, sometimes I wish I could jump like Zach Lavine and dunk everything. But it's not required to be an elite finisher! So if you can't jump out of the gym, don't worry. Training your timing, footwork and creativity will allow you to overcome athleticism deficits.
When you're attacking the rim, it's absolutely crucial that you cut off the angle. Running side by side isn't good enough when you're at an athletic disadvantage. So remember the two tips: cut off the angle and initiate contact.
Then you can use the Slow Down Bump or the Goofy Foot Finish around the rim. With both weapons in your toolbox, you'll be better equipped to finish against even the most elite shot blockers.