Everything about Behind the Back Dribble ft. Coach Chris
Time to read 6 min
Written by: Chris Hungerford
Time to read 6 min
As there are many great basketball moves to talk about, but for this particular article we decided to analyze the behind-the-back dribble. Not only that are we going to explain the basics, but we will also go a step further and show you how the ultimate behind-the-back dribble is done. As a bonus, we will point out what basketball dribbling drills will help you help your players in order to master this move. Modern basketball players must have behind-the-back dribbling as a part of their skill set.
The Coach that will help us understand all the important stuff about this dribble move is Chris Hungerford from Hoopsking.com.
Behind the Back Dribble is a move where the ball is moving from one hand to another, but the ball bounces behind the player's back. Many people call it behind-the-back crossover because the moves are similar with the difference of a side of the body where the dribbling is done.
It is simple. Put yourself in a basketball stance and dribble the ball with one arm. At the moment you want to do a behind-the-back dribble, your hand needs to be on the outside part of the ball (red part) and pushed behind your back and off the floor in a straight line towards your other hand.
If you put your arm on the top of the basketball you will not be able to create a good angle for the ball to bounce to the other hand (blue part).
If you are not in a low stance the ball is covering more distance. That will give your defender more time to react and to try to steal the ball from you.
These were just the basics. There really is a big difference, when we talk about basketball, between knowing how to do something and knowing how to use that something. Everybody knows how to dribble the ball behind the back, but we all know it is not the same when it comes to using that same move in live game situations, and benefiting from it.
We asked our one and only Coach Chris to teach us what is a difference between mediocre and great behind-the-back dribble. The difference between the two is huge and there are some little things that we need to pay attention to in order to be able to use this move the best way possible.
The Ultimate Behind the Back Dribble is done while you are moving in a straight line. You are dribbling the ball right at the defender, and rather than going East-West, you need to go South - North. The more you use lateral movement the less ground you will cover with the dribbling and defense will have an easier job stopping you. Let us see these three videos so you can understand better what am I pointing at.
If we analyze all three plays, after each of them the player with the ball made a better position for himself to score. The difference is in the quality of those new situations:
Now, let Coach C take us step by step, and explain all the important stuff that we need to know in order to master the Ultimate Behind the Back Dribble.
The first thing that we need to have in mind is that we want to travel from point A to point B, on the court, in the shortest possible way. So, by making the behind-the-back dribble, we need to go in a straight line as much as we can. If we go sideways, the dribble will have less effect.
Let us see how the amount of lateral movement impacts the space won while doing the behind-the-back dribble. We want to take the RED path, because it will get us near the basket, and not the BLUE path, which will give the defense more time to react. Even if you are a good shooter, layups are more efficient than long-range jumpers.
Blue (not so GOOD) path: After getting close to the defender, if you decide to use more East-West movement , you will create more of the free space for a jumper and significantly less of a space for a dribble penetration. The yellow area represents the ground that is easy to defend because the defense has time to react.
If we take a look at the first picture, we will notice that after the move the player didn`t gain much of an advantage over his defender and that he is still far from the basket.
Red (GOOD) path: After the player came close to the defender he takes a big South-North step and pushes the ball forward. By doing this he is covering as much ground as possible, and leaving the defender unable to reconnect on defense.
The last picture, with red and blue circles, represents the difference between doing the good and the best possible behind-the-back dribbling in terms of how much ground has been covered and what is the quality of the new situation and the opportunity to score.
Ok. Now that we know what we want to do with this move, we need to know how to do it. Again we will go step by step and explain every part in detail:
First, we need to have a good blow buy. We need something to set up the move. Several things are important:
Now that we know everything about the ultimate behind the back dribble, you can go and search how Pro players are doing it. I suggest that you take a look at this NBA breakdown, also done by Coach Chris Hungerford. Enjoy.
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