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Basketball Street Moves

Basketball street moves are the perfect way to expose your helpless defender.

In the game of streetball, it’s not necessary about the win or loss, but putting on a show for the fans. Fans do not go to street games to see a good game.

They go because they want to witness the unique and creative moves as well as dunks. If you want to spice up on your streetball moves, here are a few simple basketball street moves to get started on. has a terrific list and assortment of basketball street moves. Check the site for more information…



The Tornado is a “freestyle move” that can easily be used as an efficient offensive move. When using this move, the defender will often get confused and think you’re only passing the ball behind his head. The strength of this move is the spin you do after passing the ball above the defender’s head. The spin leaves the defender behind you and leave you open for a drive to the basket.

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Helter Skelter

The Helter Skelter should be used as a freestyle move more than an actual offensive move. It gets the crowd into your game and can also create a surprise effect on your defender. When you master this move, it could be combined with a crossover and a drive to the basket.



Dribble the ball low to make the defender bend down a little. With one hand only, put the ball on the back of your defender. With the opposite hand, hit the ball so it comes back to you above the head of your defender.


Spin Cross

Start with your right hand. Fake a fast start towards the right. At this point your defender believes you are driving to the basket with your right hand. Block your start spinning clockwise at 180 degrees while bouncing the ball in your back from your right hand to your left hand.

The basket should be in your back when you catch the ball in your left hand. As soon as your ball is in your right hand, continue spinning the remaining 180 degrees while bringing the ball back to your right hand between your legs.

As soon as the ball is in your right hand, fake another fast start towards the right and bring the ball back to the left hand by bouncing it behind your back.

More basketball street moves: Crossover Edition


Hesitation Crossover

Gary Payton doesn’t often end up looking a fool on the court, but Jason Williams sure embarrassed him with this crossover, faking the former defensive player of the year off his feet. As with many of the best crossovers, the basic motions themselves aren’t particularly difficult to emulate here, the real challenge being that of convincing your man to bite on the up-fake.


Hardaway Crossover

Although the move may look similar to the Killer Crossover initially, its intent is different. The difference is here in this hesitation, which allows your defender a fraction of a second to recover and bite on the fake.

Chris Childs knows how hard this crossover can be to guard having had his ankles broken with it on more than occasion thanks to Tim Hardaway. Despite being the simplest of the set in terms of total movements, the fake has to be sold properly if it’s to be of any use.

Straighten up in mid-dribble to encourage your defender to rise out of their defensive crouch. Even if they do not, you are still in position to pull off the move.

Quickly dribble the ball under the leg opposite your handle. That is, if the ball is in your left hand, dribble it under your right leg. Ensure that your front leg is straight and pointing in a direction which suggests that you intend to drive.

Immediately switch the ball back without allowing it to bounce any higher than your knee. Push off with your back leg and blow by your defender.


Bynum Crossover

While not much to look at in isolation, this crossover can be beautiful when pulled off cleanly. Former Georgia Tech guard Will Bynum has broken it out frequently over the years, often using it to create space while caught in traffic. Simple to pick up but hard to perfect, it’s a valuable addition to anyone’s repertoire.

The move starts when the ball is dribble across the body, inviting the defender to change his stance so that you are on the other side of him.

By dribbling the ball behind your back, you force the defender to re-evaluate his stance yet again. We have performed the move more slowly here for the purposes of demonstration, but you should ensure that you dribble fast and low so as not to allow your defender to recover.

At this point, you are essentially in position to perform a basic side-to-side crossover. However, you are more likely to lose your defender here since you have already moved the ball across their guard twice.

Cross the ball over in front of you. If your defender has shifted their weight forward in an attempt to steal the ball, blow by them. If they have maintained their defensive crouch, either pull up directly or take an escape dribble to the side before shooting.



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