By Justin Bridgman
Executive Assistant/ Video Editor
At iTrainedU we like to say that the skills we teach help players to maximize their next level opportunities. There are certain skills that coaches above the high school level are looking for in their players, and we teach them in our program. When we sit down and watch NBA players, it is amazing how many of our moves are being used by the best players in the game.
The season started last week, and we have already broken down some of the moves James Harden uses. The video below shows some of the NBA’s best players using moves and principles from our training manual. You’ll see Kevin Durant scoring in “Primary”, Rudy Gay perimeter posting, Kevin Durant using “Grandma”, LeBron James showing off the “Farrow”, and finally Derrick Rose creating vertical space.
In an old video, “Primary” was broken down in greater detail, and it is worth another watch. In this example, Kevin Durant comes off the screen, and goes into his shot off his inside foot. The result is an open look. It helps that the screener’s defender is respecting Durant’s ability to drive, therefore he stays back and Durant’s man has to contest by himself.
Rudy Gay found himself in his favorite spot on the court, isolated on the perimeter. He posts up Jeff Green and uses “Jelly Bean” to create space between him and the outstretched arm of the defender. In the very next clip, Kevin Durant is in the same position as Rudy Gay, but he opts for a different move. He uses “Grandma”, keeping the defender away by lifting his knee and fading away.
“The Arrow” is a great move that creates space for the offensive player by creating doubt in the defender’s mind. They have to stay back and anticipate the drive, which creates space to get off a jump shot. “The Farrow” is a fake arrow, where the same hand motion is used, but instead of pulling up for a shot, the player continues with their drive. LeBron James used “Farrow” beautifully on opening night. In the clip Tony Snell is already lost in transition defense. When LeBron uses the “Farrow” it completely fools Snell, and he is taken out of the play completely.
In the last clip Derrick Rose shows how to create vertical space with his game winning floater against the Knicks. Despite being faced with two defenders, Rose is able to rise up and has a clean shot line. Vertical space allows for the offensive player to still have a clear look at the rim, even if they are being defended. Vertical space is why, despite being inches away from the outstretched arms of a seven-foot defender, Rose is able to shoot cleanly and win the game.