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KB-Pau-DH2012
09-01-2012, 08:41 PM
http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/49606/signature-moves


Reaching the NBA demands rigorous practice of time-honored fundamentals, but the peculiar styles of individual players are what make it a rich, exciting league. No one will ever throw that looping shiver of a crossover quite like Allen Iverson; the move was his fingerprint.

These quirky, signature moves are everywhere in the NBA and are the texture of the league.

Here are 10 of my favorites (click the links to see videos of the moves):

Derrick Rose’s right-handed push shot
It’s not quite a floater and not quite a runner, but Rose’s phenomenally accurate one-handed push shot is one of the masterful shots in the game. Like no player before him, Rose has the ability to go from full speed to a two-foot stop, rise up (and often over much larger players) then coolly flick the ball either straight in or off the backboard with sublime touch.

Dwight Howard’s shoulder tap
As Ethan Sherwood Strauss explains, "Howard employs a tactic that is childish and brilliant, all at once. When you were a kid, did you ever tap a friend on the right shoulder, only to swoop in from the left? This was an effective means of taking a toy back, because your victim reflexively whips around to the wrong side and stares at air. Well, that's Dwight Howard's offensive rebounding move. When someone tries to box Dwight out, he taps them on right side, then crashes to the left (or vice versa)."

Chris Paul's side hop
A cousin of the far more prevalent step-back, Paul loves to set up his midrange jumper, usually off a ball screen, by faking to the middle of the court with his killer in-and-out dribble then bouncing sideways to the space just outside the elbow.

Rajon Rondo's standstill pass fake
People associate Rondo with his fake behind-the-back pass, but that one's been around for a while. What I haven't seen guards his size do is use pass fakes from a standstill as well as he does. Opponents play off Rondo to better obscure passing angles, especially after he picks up his dribble. To compensate, Rondo, like a quarterback sitting in the pocket, uses violent pass fakes to shift the defense and open avenues to his teammates.

Al Jefferson's no-turn jump hook
Jefferson, one of the most technical post players in the game, does something that a lot of players with bad fundamentals do: shoot a jump hook without first pivoting to get sideways with the hoop. When other people do it, it looks wild and desperate. But Jefferson has mastered the art of starting with his back to the basket, then simultaneously jumping and turning to drop in a soft hook shot.

Tony Parker's push-off with the ball
For being a relative shrimp who can't really jump, Parker sure is a killer finisher around the rim. His great footwork and dexterous finishing helps, but he also has a move that is probably an offensive foul yet may never be called as long as he plays. When his defender is able to get in front of him on a drive, Parker brings the ball to his waist and pushes his defender with the ball. The defender is sent backward, creating space for a finish, and often Parker gets the foul call to boot.

James Harden's extendo-scoop
This move became a major topic of conversation in the playoffs, when Harden used it to earn free throw after free throw. Typically, players are taught to conceal the ball on drives to the basket in order to protect against the defense's prying hands. But Harden holds the ball way out, often past his defender as he makes his move, exposing the ball but also plenty of arm. More often than not, the defender swipes down and hits his arm, and Harden, expecting the contact, is exceedingly adept at finishing with a score.

Luis Scola's low post scoop
Legend has it that Scola's first words were "juego del viejo hombre." His old-man game has tortured defenders since he entered the league, and one of his favorite weapons is the underhand scoop. Post defenders are taught to put their hands straight up to contest a shot. But that doesn’t do much with Scola, who loves to raise a defender with a fake then reach past his defender and flip in a low scoop shot. No jumping required.

Steve Nash's either foot runner
Steve Nash shoots a 15-foot runner about as well as it can be done, but that's not what gets him on this list. What's so uncanny about Nash's move is that he can shoot it by jumping off his right foot, which is a truly awkward motion for a right-handed player.

Paul Pierce's funky pull-up
Pierce isn't particularly quick, so how is he always able to get space for that jumper? Part of it is that he sometimes uses unorthodox footwork in his pull-up. The natural motion for a right-handed player moving to his right is to stride-stop, plant the (outside) left foot, plant the right (inside) foot and fire. But Pierce uses his outside right foot to stop his momentum, then uses his left foot and left shoulder to nudge his defender and create space. Pierce ends up firing the shot a half-beat earlier than his defender expects and uses a little muscle in the process.

Gators123
09-01-2012, 08:43 PM
LeBrons travel.

EDUTEXANS
09-01-2012, 08:48 PM
Nice. I love Paul Pierce pull-up. What about Kevin Martin ugly jumpshot?

Fly
09-01-2012, 08:48 PM
LeBrons travel.

:laugh2:

greg_ory_2005
09-01-2012, 08:53 PM
LeBrons travel.

It's a crab dribble.

Raps08-09 Champ
09-01-2012, 08:53 PM
Rondo fake behind the pass.

meloman1592
09-01-2012, 08:54 PM
homerism aside, Melo's spin move should've been on the list

JNoel
09-01-2012, 08:59 PM
Lebrons dunk on Gators123.

CB29
09-01-2012, 09:00 PM
Dirk's Shot? Plus TP has a sick floater

LAKERMANIA
09-01-2012, 09:09 PM
Kobe fade-away

DE9394
09-01-2012, 09:25 PM
John Walls Dance

passittome
09-01-2012, 09:26 PM
kd pull up three
dirk step back fadaway
lebron chase down block


and honorable mention: matt bonners shot is really unique to me. legs shoulder width apart and right arm looks like a crane or hes imitating an elephant

and joakim noah's shot. signature move not sure about effectiveness

NYKnicks4511
09-01-2012, 09:49 PM
homerism aside, Melo's spin move should've been on the list
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VcpG-u5ArE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIsh7e9DAOM

Shook

douglas
09-01-2012, 09:51 PM
Those players do their signatures very well.

AIMelo=KillaDUO
09-01-2012, 09:53 PM
Melo got that move from MJ. Love when he does that tho...

Master Mind
09-01-2012, 09:58 PM
Wade's eurostep or and 1's

asandhu23
09-01-2012, 10:02 PM
Monta's spin layup.

seikou8
09-01-2012, 10:10 PM
lebron move is opps my bad

MrfadeawayJB
09-01-2012, 10:11 PM
Brian Scalabrine's "dance on the sideline"

RenegadeRiot36
09-01-2012, 10:13 PM
Kyrie's spin move and crossover can both be on here. Absolutely filthy.

KB-Pau-DH2012
09-01-2012, 10:16 PM
Lebrons dunk on Gators123.

Sensitive Nancy! :laugh2:

ThunderousDemon
09-01-2012, 10:26 PM
Lebron's flopping.

GoPacers33
09-01-2012, 10:38 PM
LeBrons travel.

Haha

JNoel
09-01-2012, 10:43 PM
Sensitive Nancy! :laugh2:

Sounds like a cheap hookers name.

emman03
09-01-2012, 10:44 PM
D-Wade's eurostep and Step Through<---{his favorite move}

KnickNyKnick
09-01-2012, 11:23 PM
lebrons flop should be there

Kuya_Clive
09-02-2012, 12:04 AM
I would also include Dirk's one foot fadeaway, Ginobli's eurostep, Parker's floater, Melo's jab step, Duncan's bankshot, and Lebron's chase down block or crab dribble.

dodie53
09-02-2012, 01:08 AM
wade's side step dunk

Cal827
09-02-2012, 01:18 AM
Jordan's Push Off

:D

BHF
09-02-2012, 01:22 AM
i don't know about most popular but this is sick
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keAfGOt5yiQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz5DXIezqr4

KBfrom8to24
09-02-2012, 02:33 AM
Kobe's:
left-handed blocking
left-hand floater
pass to himself
fake & turn-around jumper while leaving his defender in the air
deep 3's

LakersMaster24
09-02-2012, 03:21 AM
Pau Gasol's scream and layup move.

seikou8
09-02-2012, 03:32 AM
tim duncan running right hook

asandhu23
09-02-2012, 05:22 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxv-aRtVY1U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLA6HmdI5Ms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0ML9wMTZGs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csf0LD9MiPo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik7Z8bkW5pc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuVuflz7law

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoFVEOp1h1U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URZjB8cIcY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTPypxIo21E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00tGhw0J1XI

....

every game, Monta is trying to get it renamed to Monta Move.

BobbyHillSwag
09-02-2012, 09:55 AM
homerism aside, Melo's spin move should've been on the list

This and I know everyone knows what he's talking about. Everytime he does it, it is a score or a foul

JasonJohnHorn
09-02-2012, 10:22 AM
The best shtos that pop out in my mind:
The Dream Shake
Jordan's fade-away
Nash's pull-up jumper
Parker's floater.
And Tim Hardaway's killer crossover.

tredigs
09-02-2012, 10:34 AM
Dirk's one footed step back is the best/most unstoppable move in the NBA. How's that not an option?

tredigs
09-02-2012, 10:35 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxv-aRtVY1U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLA6HmdI5Ms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0ML9wMTZGs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csf0LD9MiPo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik7Z8bkW5pc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuVuflz7law

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoFVEOp1h1U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URZjB8cIcY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTPypxIo21E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00tGhw0J1XI

....

every game, Monta is trying to get it renamed to Monta Move.

But we've all been doing it since grade school. The Dirk one-footed drop step, not so much.

Monta is absolutely dirty at the drive and spin though.

THE MTL
09-02-2012, 10:52 AM
Rondo fake behind the pass.

Rondo is known for this move! Not no violent standstill pass fake lol

Mave1002
09-02-2012, 11:07 AM
Favorite signature move by my favorite player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Un-URrARKI

JNoel
09-02-2012, 11:13 AM
Paula Gasol's "Move out of the way when playing defense"

Mave1002
09-02-2012, 11:18 AM
Paula Gasol's "Move out of the way when playing defense"

Yep. Back to back ships, playing mediocre on the defensive end. Imagine if he actually played defense.

Watch out.

JNoel
09-02-2012, 11:23 AM
Yeah if he actually played D, they just might be one of the best Laker teams ever essembled.

CB29
09-02-2012, 11:27 AM
How is reggie evans not on this list btw?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv1cBN8M-9I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YybYBNr8TI

Heatcheck
09-02-2012, 11:28 AM
homerism aside, Melo's spin move should've been on the list

naw, that fake dribble drive, that **** is deadly

Heatcheck
09-02-2012, 11:30 AM
tim duncan running right hook

duncan off glass

Heatcheck
09-02-2012, 11:32 AM
at the end of the day, Jordan and Kareem win it.

There is physically nothing you can do to stop the sky hook.
And the turn around fadeaway wasnt too far behind. too master probably the worst percentage shot in the game is incredible. (only seen one person come close to doing it like mike, we all know who he is, and how bad his shot selection is)

tredigs
09-02-2012, 11:51 AM
at the end of the day, Jordan and Kareem win it.

There is physically nothing you can do to stop the sky hook.
And the turn around fadeaway wasnt too far behind. too master probably the worst percentage shot in the game is incredible. (only seen one person come close to doing it like mike, we all know who he is, and how bad his shot selection is)

I really do think Dirk's one footer goes down in that top 5 greatest shots argument. If it's not pure net I catch myself looking for elbow contact. 7 foot wet jump shooter doing a fade with a knee worth of separation? Good luck. He's surgical with it too. Statistically the best mid-range shooter in the game year after year because of it.

Heatcheck
09-02-2012, 11:56 AM
I really do think Dirk's one footer goes down in that top 5 greatest shots argument. If it's not pure net I catch myself looking for elbow contact. 7 foot wet jump shooter doing a fade with a knee worth of separation? Good luck. He's surgical with it too. Statistically the best mid-range shooter in the game year after year because of it.

yeah Dirks would easily be top 5

Showtime Steve
09-02-2012, 02:00 PM
Ray allen's jumpshot,kobe's pull up, dirk's fadeaway.carmelo's spin move.

Comcastman
09-02-2012, 03:30 PM
Does anyone remember the Baron Davis fade shot where he dribbles backwards and gets hella seperation? I still beast with that move. Can't seem to find it on youtube anywhere

ChongInc.
09-02-2012, 04:51 PM
Bargnani's pump fake.

Sly Guy
09-02-2012, 04:59 PM
LeBrons travel.

this. And it's not even close.

ChongInc.
09-02-2012, 05:07 PM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OBzVPXxV8UY
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cjHC_h0bwMg
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=doNUPoB1rXs