D. Rose Spin Move and NASCAR an Athletic Breakdown

Due to the difficulty of the basketball “spin move” very few can create the power and control to produce in competition. Derrick Rose is the definition of power, he can create and transfer force better than any other PG in the league. This ability to transfer force allows him to create superior traction for the “D.Rose Spin Move” a 2k11 version of a basketball fundamental.

The  athletic breakdown below will display each segment of the spin move and what to work on in a training/performance setting to add the spin move to your game.

Lets take a closer breakdown of the “D.Rose Spin Move”

Like many of the athletic movements associated with basketball, the spin move incorporates:

  • balance
  • stability
  • power
  • fundamental movement patterns
  • strength foundations.

Body to the Ball : The initial angle is created by D.Rose’s ability to get his body to the basketball allowing him to create  leverage for the next move. A possible stretch shortening (SSC) effect of the hop.

Rose attacks the ball with two foot hop to create the counter movement

Define the lead foot:  Athletes who can stop and start on one foot can create superior angles leading to generate more power out of the counter movement.

D Rose 2

Inside foot attack to rim

Transferring force to right leg

Single leg stability converted to power: look at the knee position of the right foot identical to a single leg squat or lunge with the back foot providing minimal contact with floor.

Single Leg Stability to Power

Bank the Turn : If a  car tried to make a flat turn at 230 mph, it would slide right off the track because it doesn’t have enough traction. Traction is proportional to how much weight is on the tires (the more weight, the more traction). Banking a turn allows some of the G-forces created in the turn to increase the weight on the tires, increasing the traction.

Transfer energy and "Bank the Turn"

Hip Extension : allows D.Rose to separate from defender and transfer energy to the jump shot.

Push to Spot

Race car theory: The inside foot needs to “racecar” to the hoop creating traction  allows for more speed that converts vertically for the jump shot, a sweeping action that allows for D.Rose to get his hips around at a greater velocity.

Inside foot sweeps to rim

Balance and Hips: on the left side of the basket it is important to get the right hip and foot around to rim.

Straight up and down Posture but hips are set

Derrick Rose has the NBA’s best spin move, a tribute to the lost of art of the spin and a man who made it an art form  Earl “The Pearl” Monroe

The OG of the Spin

About Michael Atkinson

Mike Atkinson,CSCS, is the owner of Elite Pro Performance and the on court performance director at Sierra Strength & Speed. Considered to be a specialist of Keiser performance equipment, Mike is known as a hybrid basketball performance trainer focusing on strength, movement, and basketball fundamentals. Atkinson’s experience and current work with NBA Player Development Specialist Aubrey McCreary has given him a unique set of skills to train players on sports specific patterns and positioning at a professional level. Atkinson’s training experience includes work with numerous NBA draftees, multiple Division 1 athletes, and other professional clients. He has also worked as a performance consultant in the NBA Development League and has directed basketball performance training camps and clinics for youth athletes on the West coast.
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