Generally speaking, if you want to have a totally complete game, it’s important to pay attention to the post. Whether you’re a shifty guard or a blossoming big-man, an intelligent athlete will know the benefits of scoring out of the low-post. Improving these skills will turn you into a more complete and versatile player -- the more ways you can score, the tougher you become to defend, it truly is that simple.
Playing out of the low-post can actually be incredibly exhilarating, believe it or not. There are hundreds of different moves and combinations at your disposal, and the defender can only react as they’re happening in real-time. But, all these athletes have two things in common: they’ve all perfected their low-post footwork, as well as a go-to move that they’re extremely comfortable with. Check out CoachUp’s quick tips on operating out of the low post in order to get the most out of your offensive game!
Pick and Roll
The first goal of playing in the low-post is to figure out how to get the ball, obviously. To get open in the post, the player typically has to fight harder than their opponent -- which means having quickness, proper footwork, and strength among other things. One of the most popular ways to get open is to perform a pick and roll, a method that works well when trying to beat a man-to-man defense. For zone defenses, the player should look for any open space and run through it immediately.
This move is often referred to as a "reverse pivot," where you take a back step away from the defender to gain leverage. This can be used to facilitate a jump shot or go into the paint and hit an easy layup.
This move requires you to be facing your opponent in an attempt to throw the defender off. With this move, throw your foot and shoulder forward until the defense reacts. Once he moves one way or another, you can either take him off the dribble or pull-up for a jumper.
Spin Move This move is simple and popular in highlight reels, but it's a fundamentally sound move that helps you cover ground while protecting the ball as well. Simply spin in the opposite direction of your defender and you should have an open route towards the hoop. This one will take tons of extra work simply because how easy it is to travel accidentally. And those are just a few of the most popular moves, experiment and find out what works best for you! What’s the most deceiving? What’s the easiest? What’s the hardest? What sets you up for a lay-up? What sets you up for a jump shot? What will draw in another defender? Asking these questions and more will help you transcend your game.
(Related: Read about becoming a beast on the glass here.)
Dedicating yourself to improving and perfecting post-play can have tremendous results. Just look at how players like Marc Gasol and our very own Nerlens Noel have used and developed some serious moves in the low-post to take their game to another level. They’re not particularly easy to learn, but the moves will make you far more difficult to guard. Take Tim Duncan, who is quickly approaching his twentieth season in the NBA, for example. Most players his age lose their edge and abilities as they grow older, but arguably, Duncan has only gotten better. His bevy of post-moves and tricks down low have made him tough to guard no matter the situation and has definitely added some longevity to his game.
However, if you’re still struggling with your post moves consider hiring one of CoachUp’s private trainers and they’ll get those feet dancing correctly in no time! Their vast knowledge and intelligence will have you scooping, spinning, and duping players all the way to bank -- what are you waiting for?
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