How to Do a Steve Nash Back Leg Finish in Basketball

How to Do a Steve Nash Back Leg Finish in Basketball


Steve Nash was one of the best basketball players at getting in the lane to create for teammates or get his shot off over much taller defenders. He could get his shot off because he was able to finish around the basket with a number of different crafty finishes. His craftiness allowed him to finish around the basket efficiently despite being undersized. Whether finishing off the same foot, with a same hand runner, scoop layup, or back leg shot, he could mix it up and keep the defense off balance.

This basketball drill will teach you how to do a Steve Nash back leg finish, which is one of Nash’s signature moves that he used over his career and is one of the advanced basketball fundamentals for finishing around the basket. It is important that with all of these finishing moves to the basket that you are under control and able to stop on a dime. If you are out of control, you won’t be able to complete the move.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: How to Do a Steve Nash Back Leg Finish in Basketball

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a basket.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Learn how to stop and shoot the ball off of your back leg in traffic.


Coaching Points

  • Be under control when you plant to go up for the shot.
  • Lean slightly back but still try to jump straight up and down.
  • Hold your follow-through.
  • You would use this move when you have the defender on your hip, and he is trying to get back in front of you to cut you off.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  1. Drive to the basket with your right hand or left hand and visualize that the defender is on your hip trying to get back in front of you.
  2. About 5-8 feet away from the basket, plant your back foot, let your upper body momentum go slightly forward to sell the move, and then lean back on your back leg. If you are driving right, it will be your right leg. If going left, it will be your left leg.
  3. Jump up off your back leg and shoot the basketball.
  4. Stay in your shot and hold your follow-through until you make or miss.


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