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Finishing at the Rim

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Finishing at the Rim

I play basketball at a local gym here at Michigan State University and I'm having problems finishing at the rim. I play a physical brand of basketball and can get to the rim whenever but lately whenever I'm going full speed and approaching the rim I just cant put it in. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


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Here you go

As players begin playing against better opponents, getting to the basket and finishing with a score becomes more difficult. Because defenders are bigger, quicker and more athletic, the risk of steals and blocked shots becomes much higher.

Offensive players must develop a variety of ways to counter these potential problems around the basket and score as they get to the rim. Players must have the ability to avoid the steal and the blocked shot if they want to be consistent finishers at the basket.

Avoiding the Steal

Players must be aware of the hands of their defender as well as the hands of any help defenders. To avoid being stripped on your drive, here are some general rules:

  • Lock It: After the last dribble, keep the ball away from the hands of your defender by keeping the ball on your outside hip. We tell our players to “lock it in your pocket.” This way, if the defender tries to steal or strip, he will wave at air, or will foul you on your inside arm as he reaches across your body. This must be practiced and perfected so that it is not a reaction to the defenders move, but preparation for it.
  • Cover It: When driving through traffic with your defender and helpside defenders reaching for the ball, cover the ball up with both arms – just like a running back in football. This gets you through the hole of reaching hands and arms, and allows you to finish the play without being stripped. Again, this must be practiced and perfected in preparation for this situation.

Avoiding Blocked Shots

It is important to prepare for different scenarios based on where the shot blocker is positioned. Here are two basic situations to prepare for.

  • Reverse Lay Up: When the shot blocker is coming from the foul line area down toward the baseline to block your shot, he is usually timing your move to block the shot on your side of the basket. He’s lining it up to pin it on the glass. As you see him coming, stretch out your move out by lengthening your steps to finish underneath on the opposite side of the basket. Most shot blockers will have a difficult time adjusting to this move. Once again, this is not a reaction to his attempted block. It is prepared for in advance and anticipated based on where the help is coming from.
  • Overhand Floater: When the shot blocker is coming across the lane, waiting on you or coming out to meet you, you now shorten your move and float the layup overhand. Your footwork is the same as a regular layup, just shorten the steps. The overhand shot rhythm should be smooth and unhurried, and the ball be released high and hit softly on the rim or backboard.

At higher levels of basketball, players often make good moves to get by their defender, only to encounter trouble when they get near the basket. Finishing plays becomes more difficult as the athletic ability of your opponents increases. By developing the above techniques, players can to avoid steals and blocked shots and become more proficient at finishing the play at the rim.

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Nice tutorial, and hilarious

Nice tutorial, and hilarious GIF.

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Practice makes perfect. What

Practice makes perfect. What position do you play? If your running at full speed you don't always have to throw up a wild shot. I play point guard and I play very physical as well, but I like getting assists just as much as scoring. I can get to the rim often as well and make easy assists that lead to layups when I could have made a shot as well, but gave them an opportunity for a better one.

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You just have to find out for

You just have to find out for yourself, like the guy said, practice makes perfect. One tip I have when you're going full speed for a lay-up is to jump stop just before you go up, catch your momentum, and power up for an easier lay-up.

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I plat whatever. I prefer PG

I play whatever. I prefer PG and running the fast break but I'm big for a PG when playing just for fun. (around 6"1', 200 lbs) so i play every position depending on the oppositions size and stuff. Played soccer in high school and now so Ive got the quicks and excellent court vision. But just have been struggling to finish. But I absorb the contact well, all my layups just roll off the rim.

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my favorite layup is the

my favorite layup is the reverse layup by FAR, no doubt!!!! against any1

euro step against the noobs

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Just concentrate on the board

Just concentrate on the board where you want to place the ball. Watch Kyrie Irving play. He finishes really well in traffic without being overly athletic because he knows were to put the ball on the glass. The hardest part of the layup is making the move to get there and actually getting there, and it seems like you got that down.

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Being a white guy, the euro

Being a white guy, the euro step is my go to move

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Layups.

I would say to go up off two feet for layups at the rim and shoot it more like a set shot than a jumper. I would say that going straight up would work better than putting your body at an angle. But, I am no great finisher either.

When going from an angle you can shoot it from the other side of the rim almost more like a finger roll off the glass. But, it seems like going up strong off two feet with a nice shot off the rim would be better. In no way am I a fundamentally sound player, but I think trying to get too fancy with layups is a bad thing.

I have heard that when you are shooting jumpers that you are supposed to look at the back of the rim instead of following the ball. Maybe this is the case when shooting layups too. Look at the rim, bank it in or shoot it clear at the rim and don't try to follow the ball with your eyes as you shoot it. I wonder if anyone knows if this is good advice. It probably wouldn't hurt either to have a good follow-through on your shot. Lots of times when I miss layups I short-arm it or kind of just loft a shot at the rim without thinking if I want to bank it or not.

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Practice ridiculously hard

Practice ridiculously hard layups from all sorts of odd angles. Then you get used to exactly where you need to put the ball even if it's an awful angle or you're falling back or something. Whenever I'm at the gym I'll try and practice really tough reverse layups or acting like there is a bunch of contact. It sounds dumb, but it helps a lot and makes the simple layups even easier.

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use your body to absorb the

use your body to absorb the contact

anticipate your opponents' mouvement

make some body and shoot fakes (way too many dumb athletes seeking BS every time)

practice your hands (weak and strong) sensibility (you have to control the spins on the ball and the board)

play physical if you have an advantage.... if not play smart. In other words : stay under control.

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I dont mean to sound

I dont mean to sound condensending when I say this but if you are asking how to score when you get close to the goal maybe you shouldnt be the shooter and just dish it

For advice, practice all the moves above and see which ones work best for you

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If it's a matter of rushing

If it's a matter of rushing your shot, than you just need to calm down and go up strong without worrying about getting stuffed. It seems like you're a perimeter player, so it's all about angles and hang time. Not neccesarily about how high you get, but how close to the rim you are, and your ability to make the shot as easy for yourself as possible. Try taking off a little closer to the rim. This way your peak hangtime will be when you are right at the perfect layup opportunity, and even then, the bigs are going to goup with you and put a hand in your face. You want to keep the ball away and use the glass. Again, it's all about angles and how high you are and the circumstances of your flight. If you can get up high in the air, it seems like an easy fix, and even if your not, you should be able to get it right.

And the information above was reagarding going off one foot. If your coming down the lane, and can get by guys, but then once you come to a two foot hop and you often find yourself airballing a layup, than try to make your last dribble and hop as quick as possible. Then depending on the Defense, either go up strong, or give the D a nice fake, or you could pass it out. Sometimes you get stuck in there and the best thing to do is to just pass it out.

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I don't mean to sound like a D ick

But are you guys all really having a conversation about how to finish better at the rim? Are we in 5th grade? Like I understand if this was a young kid asking, but does this not seem a little weird to be discussing?

Like practice more I guess...OBVIOUSLY

It is a matter of making the shot, there is no hidden secret. I dunno but it just kind of seems common sense to me.

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" (you have to control the

" (you have to control the spins on the ball and the board)"

extremely important

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Just thought I'd chime in and

Just thought I'd chime in and say that the Mikan drill is perfect for this.

For those unfamiliar, you take two steps without a dribble and lay it in, rebound without letting it touch the ground and then take your two steps to the other side of the ring using your other hand. Rinse and repeat for as long as you need. You get a lot of funny angles being so close under the basket and the more time you spend doing it the better your brain gets at calculating the right amount of force/spin/angle the shot needs.

Once you're practically never missing with either hand you can step it up a notch by either having a partner bump you with a pad every time you go up, or adding a single dribble by retreating to the elbow after each shot. Remember to always train finishing on both sides equally well so you don't become predictable when you drive.

The tips about protecting the ball are also important, but it sounds like you're struggling with touch rather than getting the shot off, so this drill should help you.

Fun fact, Shaq was forced to spend hours doing the Mikan drill with his coach at LSU and gives it a lot of credit for his touch around the rim.

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Its not really the speed per say

I used to have issues finishing...

The main thing I noticed I did was take my eye off the rim... Secondly I was scared that I was gonna get blocked so instead of going up strong I would do some Kobe-esque moves in the air... (which looks cool but a higher difficulty shot)... Last but not least go up KNOWING I was going to make the shot... Basketball is all about confidence man if you think you gonna miss there is a great chance you going to... Make sure you jump up and through contact to lay it in... Force them to foul you or you have a simple lay-up... If you can't do a simple lay up thru contact you shouldn't be throwing up floaters... Pratice and confidence is all you need....

Look man majority of us aren't going to the league at all but we do play for fun... I don't know about yall but I will always continue to improve my game... For pick up and/or Rec leagues... Its just basketball...

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