Originally Posted by MannyO
The spin move is something I really want to add to my game. Ive seen it used before and when executed correctly can be deadly. Ive practiced it by myself lately and Ive gotten the footwork down. But I want to be able to use it in games and catch my defender with it.
How would I set up the defender?
I think it'd depend on what kind of spin move you're talking about. I hardly ever use a spin without picking up my dribble directly after. Magic Johnson used to do so semi-frequently but it wasn't really something he used to catch his defender with. Instead, it was more or less a reactionary maneuver to a quickly approaching defender. This can be seen in the two examples below:
Magic Spin 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRn22IR--tY
Magic Spin 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPffjTGiRoo
The spin I use most often in basketball is sort of a drop-step spin in a secondary fast break scenario and every now and again off a dribble drive in the half court. Similar to Magic's move, my spin isn't necessarily something I go into an offensive possession planning to execute. Instead, it's a reactionary move to being grossly overplayed to one side.
For instance, sometimes on a fast break, a defender will be racing alongside of me while I have a live dribble. When I see they'll be able to beat me to a spot on my way to the basket, I'll play into that and sort of allow them to overplay me, thus opening up a spin opportunity. I'm struggling to find a fast break clip on YouTube at the moment.
I do sometimes spin in the half-court as well, though it's usually the secondary portion of a move. As in, the spin will be pre-empted by an in-and-out dribble or cross. Since the spin move is supposed to be direction change
it only makes sense that you'll need to get your body moving in one direction to utilize the spin move that will take you in another direction. Here are some examples, notice the angle or direction each player is running prior to the spin - they're not running directly at the basket:
Dre Baldwin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdBRqyBQfcU
Russell Westbrook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnsSRevo5Z8
Grant Hill (maintaining his dribble for later than normal): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2DEd8uQrE8
In-and-Out's to Spins:
Tyreke Evans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47fh8KKB4HM
Tim Hardaway (a highlight I've been studying for almost 20 years): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImQmIy1rZB0