Originally Posted by Wezuz
Same here. I'm mostly a 3 point shooter, and when I get to the hoop through traffic I miss most of the time. Especially from the baseline. I usually try to use the floater from the baseline, and I make it all the time when I'm practicing, but I always miss in games.
With respect, attempting a floater from the baseline is probably the last thing you want to do. Floaters are difficult shots to begin with, let alone removing the opportunity to use the backboard as a reference point and possible shot-assist. More times than not, it's going to end up looking like this, only without KG on the other side to right the mistake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc55hijZgRs#t=1m37s
Typically, on moves from the baseline where you have decided you're going to set both feet and attempt a layup, I find it to be very advisable to square one's feet to the backboard. Doing so will help with two major factors: 1) It will provide your body with a very solid angle to the backboard, allowing you to go glass for a more accurate finish and 2) It will place your body between the ball and any prospective defender you may encounter. You will be surprised how much more difficult it is for a defender to block a shot on the baseline when one's body is between the basket and the ball. An example of squaring to the window and placing body between man and ball: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbITKv5OEkQ#t=6m56s
A reverse layup is another solid option for the baseline. It is just important to note that it is to be used as a functional move, not a random showtime exercise. There's a reason to go reverse, as it can often provide open daylight against defenders guarding the front of the rim.
Originally Posted by 01amberfirewv
I have an easy time getting too the basket but it seems like I miss half of my layups. When working on them I'm fine and I usually make them if through contact but when I get by my defender I have a hard time finishing
I may need some slight specification. Did you say you usually make your layups through contact? If so, what do you mean you have a tough time finishing after you get by your defender? Meaning you'll lose your defender on the dribble and reach the glass for an open layup, only you'll miss?
I'm not sure I have a ton of drills at the ready for advanced layup finishes. Like anyone else, I can work through numerous layup scenarios when I'm by myself, but the only real way to learn how to make layups through defenders, is to pit oneself against defenders. Even 1-on-1 or games of 21 can be very beneficial in developing the ability to finish, as those are often games where any finish inside will be very contested.
A general rule of thumb regarding layups: attack the basket with a vengeance. There is a direct correlation between the finishing abilities of those who attack the paint ready for contact and those who slide through the lane trying to avoid contact or confrontation at all costs. Unless it appears a help defender will be looking to set up to take a charge, I will attack defenders directly. Layups are much more makeable for me when I shoot them on my own terms. If I try to weave and double pump or run away from a potential shot blocker, suddenly they're dictating what kind of layup I attempt. In contrast, I want to attack them
, thus erasing the unknown while cutting down their blocking angle.