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How to: Score Easy Baskets, Part II


Becoming a reliable scorer


Putting the ball in the basket can appear outrageously simple for some gifted scorers, with the scoring touch to hit seemingly any shot from any angle. For the rest of us mere mortals however, we may not be able to get onto the scoring sheet at the start of our playing careers, and it can become a mental block as we struggle to break the drought. Here are some ways to earn some easy baskets.


Off screens: When coming off a good screen, you will find that you have more spacing and that defenders are sometimes forced to switch. Whether it is an on-ball or off-ball screen, you have the opportunity to pull up for an open jumper before the defender can recover as well as drive to the basket. A hesitation move is often used in the latter situation to get the defender to commit early.


Floater: If you are not able to get all the way to the basket or if you struggle to finish at the rim, a floater can be a good option to avoid taller, more athletic defenders. There is generally reduced contact as well, allowing you to maintain your balance as you take the shot.


Jump hook: The jump hook can have a similar purpose as the floater, but is usually utilized by post players. They can initiate contact on a two-footed stop for better balance, and it is difficult for most defensive players to challenge the trajectory of a jump hook.


Triple threat: Sometimes, the easiest way to score to retain multiple options even after catching the ball. In a triple threat stance, you are able to pull off a variety of moves and the defender can often only react after you have made your move.  


Fakes: When you have multiple options, fakes are at their most effective. A timely pump fake can send the defender off-balance and give you an open lane to the basket or an open jumper. The shot fake is also deadly in the paint, allowing you to take easier shots and to draw contact as well.