Ready to turn defenders into lunch meat? Add these creative spin move combinations to your bag today! A spin move is one of the most effective and efficient ways to get around your defender while driving to the hoop. And when you pair with a counter move, it’s lethal. So let’s take a look the spin combo moves NBA players from legend Michael Jordan through to 2018 NBA Most Valuable Player, James Harden, use regularly.
Obviously, the basis of each of these moves – the first part – is a spin. So let’s quickly review that in case you’re not familiar. These are fairly advanced basketball moves, so be sure to be comfortable with the spin first before progressing onto these.
First watch this video so you have a visual in your head. Then read these directions:
Let’s take a look at three spin move combinations you can start using right away. Do a walk through on each of these, taking your time and paying attention to the details and the way it feels. Then go game speed through each, unit you score wit each three times in a row. Finally add in some defense, and play only using these moves to see who can get to 5 points first.
This is one of Kobe Bryant’s signature moves, and can be done anywhere on the court. It’s a great move if you have an aggressive and fast defender because it unexpectedly creates space as you move backwards. We like to use it a lot because we don’t like a lot of contact, and this move tends to help avoid that. For this move – it’s exactly as it sounds – you’re combining a spin move with a fade away jump shot. Here’s how you do it:
We’re not working on the Michael Jordan pop, but check out skills trainer Drew Hanlen demonstrating it, because coming out of the pop, he shows you the exact fadeaway shot you’re going to take. We’re just getting into it off a spin instead of a pop.
You might find it most helpful to work on the fadeaway first, and then combine it with the spin move after you’ve mastered it a few times.
Here you can see Kobe putting the full spin to fadeaway in action.
This move is most helpful in the paint but can be done anywhere. The reverse pivot allows you to surprise your defense by changing direction, back the way you came and towards the baseline, all while protecting the ball from your defender.
Watch this video #3 to see what you’re about to do! Here’s how to do it:
Again here’s the master of pivots Kobe demonstrating a reverse pivot (obviously he’s not doing it off a spin):
This move is most helpful in the paint. This is basically the same start of the move you just did, but instead of the reverse after the pump fake, you’re going to step through towards the basket in the direction you’re already fading. The shot fake is going to get your defender up in the air like popcorn, and you’ll be able to cut your body under them for the step through and shot.
Watch this video see how to do the extension part of the move!
Here’s how to do it:
Now you’re ready to get big buckets using the spin moves the pros use. Up next, learn how to calm your nerves before big games or work on your handles to keep your spin speedy and under control.