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.
Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter, Volume 4.
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