Move 3-Drop Step for a Layup If the defender is playing tight and high when the offensive player squares up to the basket, the player pivots on the right foot, turns toward the baseline, takes a long step with the left foot, and drives to the basket (see figure 7.3). To help expedite the execution of this move, the player must be sure to keep the back as vertical as possible when turning. This will aid in a quick pivot around a vertical axis. Another important tip is that when the player is pivoting, the pivot foot should be turned to face the corner of the court. This releases the hip so the left leg can be free to point in the direction of the basket.
Move 4-Drop Step, Pull Back, Shot The player is overplayed on reception and makes the reverse step toward the basket. However, the defender reacts and moves over and back to block the path to the basket. The player reads the defense and reacts by pulling the left foot back and regaining the original position (see figure 7.4). If the first step with the left foot was a long step, the distance between the offensive and defensive players should be great enough to get off a quick three-point shot. Once again, the coach should make the point about the importance of the long first step.