How to Do the Dream Shake Move in Basketball

How to Do the Dream Shake Move in Basketball


The dream shake move was made famous by Hakeem Olajuwon and his time with the Houston Rockets. The move, used correctly, puts the defender in a box and allows the offensive player to read them before setting up a quality shot with several shoulder fakes.

This basketball training video is going to breakdown several situations where this move can be used. The dream shake is a high-level move that takes a lot of time and practice to master, but if mastered, it will be very difficult for a defender to stop.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: How to Do the Dream Shake Move in Basketball

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on getting to a spot and then executing the dream shake.


Coaching Points

  • Stay low and athletic in your move.
  • Make sure that you land with both feet at the same time so that you have options with your pivot foot.
  • Don’t be predictable with how many shoulder fakes you use.
  • Read the defender and then pick what side you are going to fade to.
  • Bring the ball up your side into your shot to help prevent being stripped by the defender.
  • In the post, don’t jump out and give up your post position on the catch.


Basketball Drill Instructions Off the Dribble

  • The player will start above the 3 point area with the basketball.
  • They will make a penetrating move to the basket to get below the free-throw line area.
  • The player will pick up their dribble and 180-jump stop onto two feet as they do.
  • From here, the player will shoulder fake several times, read the defender, and then pivot and fade into their shot.


Basketball Drill Instructions for the Post

  • The player is going to post up on the block.
  • They will receive the entry pass from the wing or spin the ball to themselves.
  • As they catch the ball, they will jump, stop, and land on both feet so that they have the option of which foot to pivot onto.
  • The player can get right into the dream shake move, or they can take a couple of dribbles and then execute the move.


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