Basketball as a sport flows constantly. The ball is always moving and each possession is followed by another possession. During it though there are countless maneuvers that are done by each player and team. A maneuver in basketball is a way of describing a move, a pass, a shot, or really any action done while on the court. You can have a basic maneuver such as dribbling or a layup as well as fancy maneuvers like spin moves and euro steps.
Below is a list of several maneuvers. To make it easier to understand, each maneuver is grouped into a category that describes it.
Behind the Back Crossover
A behind the back crossover is dribbling the ball behind you where you cannot see it. Although it is flashy, it does offer practical value as it is harder for the defender to reach and steal the ball.
Between the Legs Crossover
Crossovers through the legs do not add much value for the dribbler other than the visual appeal. Sometimes players feel more comfortable doing them because it's what they practice.
In basketball, a player is allowed to take two steps without dribbling the basketball. One way players make the most of that rule is with a eurostep. Instead of taking the two steps by continuing their stride, they eurostep. A eurostep is two exaggerated strides, often changing direction multiple times.
Slam dunks,are also from a short distance. However compared to layups, they are much more emphatic and eye popping. A dunk is putting the ball into the hoop without the shooting motion (refer to the image below).
A fadeaway is a fancy form of a standard jump shot. Instead of shooting from a stationary position, a player will fall back, away from the basket during their shot. This can either be done for style or to create space from the defender to release the ball.
Passes are considered to be maneuvers as well. On its own, it is a simple act, just throwing the ball to a teammate. However, there are several ways that passes can be done, some of which are very flashy.