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Drop Step

What is Drop Step?

A post up move in which the player possessing the ball ceases his dribble and stretches a leg to one side of the defender while turning towards the basket, in order to position himself for an unimpeded shot.

Sporting Charts explains Drop Step

Drop steps are performed by players in the post. The main objective of the drop step is to gain position so that the defender is forced to the ball handler's back, freeing up the offensive player for a clear lane or shot to the basket. There are two main directions for a drop step move: towards the baseline (outside) or towards the middle of the court (inside). This move is especially effective when the defender is playing close or leaning against the player handling the ball. As the ball handler pivots towards the basket, the leaning or pushing defender is typically thrown off balance by his own momentum.

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