AskDefine | Define fadeaway

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fadeaway
  1. a jump shot made while jumping backwards, away from the basket. The goal is to create space between the shooter and the defender, making it much harder to block.

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A fadeaway in basketball is a jump shot while jumping backwards, away from the basket. The goal is to create space between the shooter and the defender, making it much harder to block. However, this benefit comes with a drawback. The shooter must have very good accuracy (much higher than when releasing a regular jump shot) and must use more strength (to counteract the backwards momentum) in a relatively short amount of time. Also, because the movement is away from the basket, the shooter has less chance to grab his own rebound. However, once mastered, it is one of the hardest methods of shooting for defenders to block. The threat of a fadeaway forces a defender to jump into the shooter, and with a pump fake, the shooter can easily get a foul on the defender. It takes many tries and practice to execute this perfectly but it is a great shot to use in a game.
Wilt Chamberlain was renowned for his fadeaway shot, which he used to great effect in the 1960s. Michael Jordan was one of the best fadeaway shooters in history. Another excellent fadeaway shooter was Larry Bird. Hakeem Olajuwon, the all-star center, also adopted it into his repertoire. In the modern era, Kobe Bryant is considered to have the most effective fadeaway in the NBA. Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki,Ray Allen,Tracy McGrady, LeBron James, and Steve Nash are also known quite well for their use of the fadeaway jump shot.
fadeaway in Spanish: Fade away
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fadeaway in Chinese: 后仰投篮
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