First given a name in the videogame NBA Street, this trick has the potential to really get the crowd jumping.
The video below shows the trick being performed at a slower speed so as to demonstrate more clearly the movements involved. It is, in fact, easier to carry out when moving quickly.
- Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand.
- Start to spin clockwise and, as you do, lower your backside to the ground, letting yourself down with your left arm.
- By the time you are turned completely from your defender, you should have your butt and the lower part of your back touching the floor.
- Using your momentum, roll over on the floor (with the ball still in your right) and onto your feet, helping yourself back up with your left arm if required.
Although this probably isn’t a move you’d be advised to try on a concrete court, A.O. and others have pulled it off on more forgiving surfaces a number of times. For this move to be possible, your defender’s legs must be wide open.
- Dribble the ball low and fast in front of you while edging slowly towards your defender.
- As you draw within two feet or so, stop the ball dead on the floor in front of you.
- Bend down and kick it gently through your defender’s legs.
- Immediately following this, dive to the floor and slide through your defender’s legs after the ball.
- Regain control of the ball and continue as desired.
This is a simple variation on the Shammgod. It was performed by Tracy McGrady in the most recent All-Star game.
- With your right hand, dribble the ball fifteen inches in front of your left foot so that it bounces fairly close to your defender.
- As they lunge for it, reach across your body with your right hand and pull the ball back diagonally across your defender's body so that it bounces wide of your right side. This should leave them turned to their right while you slip easily past them on their left. Alternatively, you can dribble the ball between their legs (see the video for a demonstration).
Smooth and stylish, this move is yet another to have been made famous by Hot Sauce. One key detail to note is that, after the first dribble, your left hand will not be used throughout the entire trick.
- Dribble through your legs from back to front, from your left hand to your right.
- Cuff the ball in your right hand and fake across your body in the motion of an underarm pass.
- Do not release the ball, but pull it back across your body to your right side.
- Without dribbling, swing it back to your left side.
- Move your left leg forward and dribble the ball behind it (and through your legs).
- Regain control of the ball with your right hand.
This one is very much illegal, but still a nice move for the street courts.
- Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand.
- Cross the ball over to your left hand.
- With the ball on your left, straighten up as if to cross it back.
- Instead of dribbling the ball, simply drop it.
- Lean forward and catch the ball with your right hand.
- Pull it back to your right and continue from there.
Another move designed to make the defender turn their head, Made You Look is a little trickier than your average fake, but manageable nonetheless.
- Dribble the ball behind your back for a few seconds and try to draw the defence towards you.
- Dribble the ball vertically behind you and catch it between your calf and thigh.
- As you do this, fake over the defender’s head with both hands.
- As they turn around, drop the ball and kick it at their back.
This move is fairly testing, but the results are very impressive. It would be best to practice the motions of the trick before attempting it on a court.
- Dribble the ball between your legs to your right hand, and immediately perform a clockwise spin move.
- As you are halfway through the spin (i.e. when you have your back to your defender), dribble the ball behind your defender’s back.
- Continue the spin, and your momentum should take you in the direction of the ball. Retrieve it, and the move is complete.
You may have seen this trick performed by A.O., and it’s a real beauty if you can get it right. The move is far easier if you have a padded backboard, as many metal boards found on street courts are too thin.
- Dribble down the right-hand side of the court, towards the block.
- Perform a counter-clockwise spin move so that you end up with your right foot nearly touching the baseline.
- Take a hook-shot as if you are aiming to score, but throw the ball off the side of the board so that it returns to your hands. The defender should turn to look for the rebound.
- Catch the ball and continue as desired.
Another move made famous by Sizzle himself, the Hypnotizer can be spectacular. This trick is only effective when your defender is playing you very closely.
- Crouch down very low to the ground and dribble the ball rapidly behind your back.
- Having done for this for a few seconds, cup the ball between your hand and wrist and flick it (from behind) over both you and the defender.
- Pretend to continue dribbling until the defender straightens up, then run around them and retrieve the ball.
This move is the trademark of God Shammgod, formerly known as Shammgod Wells, who had a brief stint in the NBA with the Washington Wizards.
- With your right hand, dribble the ball so that it lands roughly a fifteen inches in front of your left foot.
- Lean forward as if to make a move towards the basket, but take the ball with your left hand and step back quickly. If performed smoothly, you’ll create a few feet of space between you and your defender.
This is another easy one, but popular nonetheless. You should begin somewhere around the free throw line.
- Dribble the ball through your legs to your right hand.
- In one smooth motion, throw the ball off the backboard and spin three hundred and sixty degrees counter-clockwise so that you are again square to the basket. This should cause your defender to turn around.
- Catch the ball in your left hand.