Side-step Move for the Jump Shot
The side-step move for the jump shot is great for creating space to get your shot off. By getting your defender a little on his heals you can set him up to go in multiple directions, making your one-on-one jump shot hard to block. See how easy it is to put this move into your repertoire.
A Simple Side-Step will give You Just enough Space
This is a move I have watched Paul Pierce do against my favorite team numerous times. The way you’ll pull off this move is to look like you’re driving to the basket initially. For this move I’m only using one or two dribbles. You’re going to push with your inside foot off to the side and rise up for jump shot. This move works best if you’re pushing in the direction of your shooting hand.
The reason being is because your defender will be on your weak side and by a just pushing off to the side a little bit you’re creating more than enough room to get off a shot. This is also forcing the defender to make a hard contest of the shot, and the only way they would be able to block it would be to foul you.
It’s also a good idea to keep your dribble alive as long as you can because you can use the side step as a distraction to get your defender out of position to drive by him for an easier shot. Paul Pierce uses this best in the mid-range and when you’re practicing it, make sure you’re exploding off your inside foot to get as much separation as possible.