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Allen Iverson performing a high percentage layup.
Allen Iverson performing a high percentage layup.

A layup in basketball is a field goal attempt made by leaping from below, laying the ball up near the basket, and using one hand to tip the ball over the rim and into the basket (layin) or to bank it off the backboard and into the basket (layup). The motion and one-handed reach distinguish it from a jump shot. The layup is considered the most basic shot in basketball. Image File history File links IVERSON_ALLEN_3_172871_480_art_R0. ... Image File history File links IVERSON_ALLEN_3_172871_480_art_R0. ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... A field goal (formerly goal from the field) is a general term used in some sports wherein a goal may be scored either during general play (from the field) or via some sort of free shot. ... David Robinson performing a jump shot to shoot over Karl Malone. ...


An undefended layup is usually a high percentage shot. The main obstacle is getting near the rim and avoiding blocks by taller defenders who usually stand near the basket. Common layup strategies are to create space, releasing the ball from different spots or use an alternate hand. A player tall enough to reach over the rim might choose to perform a more spectacular and higher percentage slam dunk (dropping or throwing the ball from above the rim) instead. In basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defensive player legally deflects a shot from an offensive player. ... Main article: Basketball moves This article is about the term, slam dunk. For the manga series, see Slam Dunk (manga). ...


To play a safer layup, you can hold it with two hands, that way it is harder to block and you take two steps so that distinguishes it from the jump shot.


As the game has evolved through the years, so has the layup. Several different versions of the layup are around today. Layups can be broadly categorized into two types: the underarm and the overarm. The underarm layup involves using most of the wrist and the fingers to 'lay' the ball into the basket or off the board. The underarm layup is more commonly known as the finger-roll. Notable current NBA players who rely heavily on the underarm finger-roll are Mike Bibby of Sacramento, Allen Iverson of Philadelphia (now of Denver) and Jason Williams of Miami. Finger-rolls are considered to be a considerably higher percentage shot than dunking, which sometimes tends to bounce off the rim.


Finger-rolls today have many forms, including the Around the World which involves a complete circle around the player before the layup and a variety of faking in the approach to the rim. A classic example is a play by Jason Williams (currently of Miami) during his time with Sacramento, in which Williams brings the ball behind his back with his right hand, in a fake of a back pass, and then brings it front again with the same hand for the finish (reminiscent of Bob Cousy who pioneered the move).


The other layup is the overhand shot, similar to a jump shot but from a considerably close range. Overhand layups almost always involved the action of the backboard. Players like Scottie Pippen (formerly from Chicago) and Karl Malone (formerly Utah) have used this move to great effect.


However, the layup remains one of the easiest shots to block today. But it's one of the easiest shots to make in basketball. So if you do your layup's right you should not get packed or miss one.


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Layup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (420 words)
A layup in basketball is a field goal attempt made by leaping from below, laying the ball up near the basket, and using one hand to tip the ball over the rim and into the basket (layin) or to bank it off the backboard and into the basket (layup).
The underarm layup, involves using most of the wrist and the fingers to 'lay' the ball into the basket or off the board.
The other layup is the overhand shot, similar to a jump shot but from a considerably close range.
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