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Cherry Picking

What is Cherry Picking?

An offensive strategy in basketball in which a player hangs back high in or near the opponents' zone and waits for a long pass from his teammate off of a rebound, turnover or steal. The idea is that the player will have few defenders as he can make a break into the offensive zone, collect the long pass and make an easy score.

Sporting Charts explains Cherry Picking

Cherry picking is a legal strategy, but it is often looked down upon as unsportsmanlike because the cherry picker is playing outside the main area of play and waiting for an easy pass and an easy score. 

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