Tyreke Evans’ Game-Winning Stride-Stop Fade Away

Last week, the Sacramento Kings’ Tyreke Evans hit another game-winning shot, this time against the Denver Nuggets. In this case, he attacked Denver’s Kenyon Martin with his left hand, stopped and hit a fade-away shot.

I teach this finishing move. However, rather than shoot the fade away, we make the front pivot into a hook shot. The counter is to pivot, fake the hook shot and step through for a lay-up.

Unfortunately, some officials call this move a travel because few players use this footwork – it looks like a travel. However, this is a great way to finish for smaller players because they stop and pivot away from the defender as the defender’s momentum moves him further from the ball.

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Tyreke Evans’ Game-Winning Euro-Step Move

The Sacramento Kings’ Tyreke Evans beat the Milwaukee Bucks with a game-winning lay-up around 7’0 center Andrew Bogut. The play started with a hand-off at the top which forced the switch. Then, Evans attacked the bigger player, putting Bogut on his heels.

The step-step move gained popularity with Manu Ginobili, and many people now teach it. However, Allen Iverson (and probably many other before him) used the move for years to get an angle to the basket and draw fouls.

As the player attacks with his right-hand dribble, he steps to his right to get the defender leaning in the direction and then steps past the defender with his left foot. In this instance, he finished with an inside-hand lay-up with his right hand.

If the defender does not react to the lateral step with the right foot, the player can step straight ahead with his left foot and finish with a right-hand lay-up. The move is especially effective in situations like these when the ball handler is attacking a back-pedaling defender or a defender waiting near the rim for the attacking player.

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