How To Do A Spin Move In Basketball

how to do a spin move

If you don’t know how to do a spin move in basketball then you’re messing up.

Just joking, you’re actually doing the right thing…because you’re in the right place to learn everything you need to know to start practicing, then using the spin move.

First you need to know that this is a great move to use in the following ways:

  • Blowing past a defender in the open court.
  • When a defender cuts you off as a counter move.
  • Creating space to get off a jump shot.
  • A way to finish inside by spinning off of help defenders.

In this article I’ll show you those exact situations in real NBA games, show you the technique needed to do this move, as well

about to make a spin move

as give you a drill you can do to practice your spin move.

First lets talk some about the technique my young Jedi 🙂

When you approach the defender you want to take what would seem like an extra dribble.

That dribble is the one that is going to be used to make sure you gain the most distance away from the defender as possible.

But more importantly, that "extra" pound dribble gives you the ability to bring the ball all the way around (almost 360 degrees), and past the defender.

So the biggest problem that players have with this move is that they have poor ball control and can't take the basketball from the pound dribble all the way around to complete the spin move.

Ball Control: The ability to keep the ball in your hand (without carrying) for a longer amount of time while at the same time moving the ball to where you want it to go.

So instead what they do is they grab the basketball with their other hand and spin hard in the other direction just like shown in the pictures below:

the wrong way to spin move

There are a few reasons you don't want to do your spin move like that.

  • The defender could reach and steal the ball.
  • You won't be able to separate yourself from the defender.

If done correctly not only will the basketball be protected, but you will be able to get more distance away from the defender.

Lets take a look at this move in depth.

I hope you learned something there.

Now lets talk about when this move is used in the games.

Here are the 4 most common situations where you will see this move used.

As a Counter When a Defender Cuts You Off


To Blow By A Defender In The Open Court


To Create Space To Get Off A Jump Shot


As a Way To Finish Inside


I just love this move.

And I'm falling in love with it even more as I'm writing this article.

It's not the flashiest move (although Kyrie Irving makes it look sweet), but it is a super effective way to change direction on a defender while almost forcing them in the opposite direction (like Carmelo Anthony does in his clip above).

This soon could replace the In N Out as my favorite move.

One thing is for sure...

I'm definitely going to start working on it more.

Below is a drill you can use to practice your spin move into your shot.

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  • Augie Johnston

    Reply Reply December 2, 2014

    Spin moves are also great moves for post players to work on.

  • Augie Johnston

    Reply Reply December 2, 2014

    Don’t be afraid to ask a relevant question here!

  • Kyle

    Reply Reply February 3, 2015

    how to improve left hand dribling and shooting?

    • Augie Johnston

      Reply Reply February 3, 2015

      Dedicate 15 minutes each day to only using your left hand to dribble and shoot with.

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