Purpose: This series of basketball drills teaches the players five moves to make without the basketball in order to get open; the backdoor cut, buttonhook cut, square cut, fade cut, and dip move.
1) Drill: Moving without the ball is one of the most important aspects of the game and also one of the least worked on. The following five moves are essential in developing a complete player. In the following five drills, the players begin at the foul line extended and execute each of the five moves. They should do each move at least three times on each side of the court.
To use when the defense is overplaying the passing lane. The offensive player starts toward the passer by coming out to the ball, planting the far foot from the basket, pushing off, and cutting hard to the hoop. Players must also give a target to the passer.
2) Buttonhook Cut
The offensive player takes the defense to the basket, pivots on the inside foot (foot closest to the basket), opens up to the ball, pins defender on back and prepares to receive the pass.
3) Square Cut
The offensive player takes the defense away from the ball to the elbow area, pivots on inside foot, opens up to the ball, pins defensive player on back and prepares to receive the pass.
4) Fade Cut
Use this cut when the defender stops or overplays the square cut. (This move can also be utilized on a screen when the defender overplays it and goes high over the top or when the passer starts dribbling towards you and your defender hedges over to help).
The offensive player takes the defense away from the ball to foul line area, pivots on inside foot, opens up to the ball, slides back out to three-point line area and prepares to receive the pass.
5) Dip Move
This is the move to make when a player is being overplayed on a backdoor cut. The offensive player starts at the foul line extended and proceeds to execute a backdoor cut. When the defender prevents the backdoor cut by overplaying, the offensive player simply takes a quick change of direction and ‘dips’ in front of the defender toward the hoop.