You can tell a lot about a player by the way they score a layup.
by Candice Wiggins | @candicewiggins
You can tell so much about a basketball player by the way they score a layup. I don’t know why or how, you just can. It’s this special basketball formula. And it’s so accurate, that any guy who challenges me to a one-on-one game has to have it before I’ll agree to any competition.
And that is what I call “Layup Swag.”
Several aspects come into play when determining one’s level of Layup Swag, but silly details like race and gender are irrelevant. Anyone can have Layup Swag — from 6 years old to 70 years old, man or woman, boy or girl — and that’s what’s dope about it. It is not to be confused with dunk swag, which only pertains to the much smaller percentage of unique people who can defy gravity, soar through the air, and dangle from the rim of a basketball goal. Having Layup Swag is crucial, because for most of everyone, including me, it’s the first shot you learn in the game. It’s the shot everyone in the world would go for if they had the opportunity to shoot for a million dollars. It is the easiest shot in basketball, however it is also sometimes the hardest shot for most to master. And, although I haven’t done any empirical research, it could very well be the most commonly missed.
I can appreciate any baller out there who has certified Layup Swag. Layup Swag is a mentality that you can develop, but maybe it’s mostly something you’re born with. To me, one’s Layup Swag is part footwork, part finishing and part confidence. The footwork of a layup is only the beginning. How do you choose to finish it? Do you use the right hand on the left side? Is that such a bad thing? Can you finger roll? Can you score on a reverse layup? Does any of that even matter if you’re not confident in your delivery? In my opinion, if you have Layup Swag, not only can you answer all of these questions with pride, but you are guaranteed to be an asset to a team.
Cheers to the easiest shot in the world and doing it with swag.