Reverse Pivot for the Basketball Jump Shot
This video shows how to free yourself from a defender who is playing overly-aggressive defense on the outside. The reverse pivot for the basketball jump shot is not used by a lot of players, but can be a valuable tool. It is an example of what Coach Justin teaches: use footwork to make a play rather than relying on the dribble.
The Reverse Pivot can Free You from Defensive Pressure
The reverse pivot move is something I’ve done since I was a very young player. Most people that turn their backs to the defender do so when they are crowded and they’re scared that the defender will take the ball. I use this to my advantage by letting the defender think I’m turning to avoid the pressure when they crowd me. When they get out of defensive position and try to steal the ball I will use a reverse pivot to seal them off. From there I explode for either jump shot or to the basket.
This move works especially well when you are up against aggressive defenders. These guys will try to body you up to make you turn the ball over or get scared and make a bad decision. Use this move to show them that they have made the bad decision. Even when you’re double-team it’s no reason to panic, because often they will leave the back door opened for the reverse pivot (watch how I did it in the video). Just remember to check out that no defender is in the area your reversing to.
A reverse pivot can also be used as a safety if you get stopped on a drive. Let’s say I’m driving with my right hand to the basket and I see help side come over. I use a reverse pivot away from my defender to get the ball back out and set up another play. This is just one more example of how footwork can get you open instead of just relying on speed.