Average ball handlers use too much energy when trying to beat a defender. Clever ball handlers like Damian Lillard make the game easy by finding ways to be efficient with their energy.
In this video from PGC Director Tyler Coston, you will learn how to use Lillard’s “hips attack” to create dribble separation against any defender.
Many players want to square up their defenders. It takes a ton of energy to do this and defense is used to guarding this move. Instead Lillard uses a move we call “Hips”.
To be a more efficient scorer, come at the defense and turn your body sideways. Put your hip on the defender and get into contact with the defense. Use their momentum, position and speed against them.
4 Ways to Create Scoring Opportunities using Hips:
1. If the defense presses up, spin for the advantage.
2. If the defense moves with you as you turn, half spin and attack the basket.
3. Kyrie Irving uses this “Double Move” frequently: As your hips turn, fake one way and then drive to the basket.
4. Once you create contact with your hips, step back to create space between you and defender, then attack the basket.
To discover high-level techniques for breaking down defenses and creating easy scoring opportunities, join us at a PGC camp near you.
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