The Backdoor Cut

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In this video, you will learn to do a backdoor cut, allowing you to receive the ball near the basket.

For more examples of basketball cuts , check out the rest of the videos in our basketball series!

The backdoor cut is often used when a defender is in the way of the pass and allows you to free yourself to receive the ball.

Adam Simmons - "Long Rhode Home", "Piano Hop", "Tang-A-Lang"
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In this video, you will learn how to do a backdoor cut. This cut enables you to receive the ball while close to the basket. It is very efficient against an aggressive defense or a team that anticipates passes well

To succeed in doing a backdoor cut, follow these two steps: First move slightly towards the ball and then accelerate to deceive your oponent.

First, move slightly towards the ball

Start on one side of the basket, just past the three-point line. Backdoor cuts are most commonly done from this area of the court

Edge slowly about one or two meters towards your team mate with the ball, call for the ball and stay behind the three point arc.

Second, accelerating to deceive your oponent.

Sprint sharply towards the basket passing around the back of your defender

You can also swing your arm over the defenders head so they're blocked against your back

Call for the ball straight away by showing your hand outstretched, to then end the cut with a shot if you have the free space to do so.

If a defender is blocking your path, seek out one of your teammates as quickly as you can to make a pass

If you do not receive the ball, get out of the three point zone from the opposite side you came in from, near the the baseline.

The backdoor cut isn't always an option, so analyze the situation in order to choose the right cut to get yourself open for a pass. Over to you!

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