On high school and college levels, most basketball coaches prefer their players not to be too fancy with their basketball moves, as the heart of the game is to score, not to show off how many tricks they can maneuver. Besides, most of those tricks are quite risky; if the players can’t pull them off precisely right, it is likely to cause a turnover. In some situations, however, those sneaky basketball tricks that we often see NBA players do can be very useful. The important idea is you have got to know how to perform them correctly and should try to use them sparingly in order to avoid unnecessary blunders.
1. Crossover Dribble
Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson are really good at this. Crossover dribbling is basically a weight shifting trick that enables you to use your momentum toward the hoop to your best advantage. To perform this basketball trick right, you have to push off hard toward your left foot (presuming you are guarded to the right), move the ball from your right hand across your body on a diagonal path, catch the ball with your left hand, then make a long crossover step toward the basket with your right foot. This move is a no-no when you are being guarded closely; it could be quite easy for the basketball legends defender to steal the ball from you. Also, never reach out your left hand to grab the ball. Instead, just let it bounce to your left side. By reaching over, you automatically expose the ball to your defender and may dribble the ball off your foot.
2. Spin Dribble
Use this basketball trick when you are in the open court and the defender is blocking your path to the basket. To execute this move (presuming you are right-handed), dribble hard with your right hand toward the defender, plant your left foot slightly in front, make a quick 180-degree pivot off your left foot, then switch to dribble with your left hand half way through the rotation. As you have your back toward the defender, complete another 180-degree pivot off your right foot and you should be facing the basket again. Two disadvantages of this basketball trick is that you will be momentarily forced into a blind spot as you are spinning, and if you do this move too swiftly, you may throw yourself off balance.