Floater; Basketball ( Videos )


The floater in basketball  (external link) is a tear drop, and is also called a runner, is usually performed by undersized players (mainly point guards). A player usually starts the layup procedure a good distance away from the basket. The ball is generally released earlier and in a higher arc than the normal layup.
The purpose of this basketball move is to take away the blocker's timing to deny the shooter as the ball being away from the hand one tempo faster. It is so named because the ball drops down from the high point of the arch like a falling tear drop.

How to Do a Tear Drop or a 'Floater' [2]

Check out this feature on Chris Paul in the foillowing video where players around the league talk about his lethal teardrop that defenders can't block.

Chris Paul: Floater

The teardrop, also called a floater, is not new, but it appears to be having its moment this year. It is akin to a drop shot in tennis or a knuckleball in baseball — a cleverly effective move that can prove maddening to the opposition. Many basketball players consider it the most difficult shot in the game, and the true teardrop artists say a complex calculus is involved. [3]

With Hop and Flick, Little Guys Get Upper Hand

The Warriors’ Stephen Curry floating the ball over defenders. “You have to work at it,” he said. [3]

How to Shoot a Basketball  (external link) Floater, Tear Drop or Runner

Some players need to think about how they might actually use the floater throughout the course of the game. It may not be as simple to do in the game as it is on the practice court. Players should think about how they can actually combine the floating shot while they are in motion. This can help them shoot a running floater, which is a valuable skill to have during the course of the game. It can add in an unpredictable shot to the player’s overall repertoire, making them a potent offensive weapon. Some of my college friends hate playing against me because I have learned how to master the floater. I hardly ever get my shot blocked at 5’8″ and so can you, if you get in the gym and work on your floater! [4]

Keys to shooting a “floater”

Floaters are an alternative to layups to finish a shot over a taller player, in between the three point line and the net. [7]

  • From the top of the key, act as if a defender is guarding your non-dominate hip and a post player is coming toward you from the net.
  • Keep your head up and drive towards the net and decide if you want to jump off of one or two feet - your jump should be completely vertical so you don't draw a foul.
  • While jumping, shoot the ball high over the defenders' fingers with a soft touch.
  • Follow through with your hand until the ball is in the net.

Best drills to master the Floater / Teardrop

The floater is arguably one of the best shots to take in basketball. Every player should master this move, not only undersized PG's. Opportunities for straight-line layups with the perfect driving angle rarely occur during games. The floater or teardrop gives you a perfect alternative. [5]


210917 ~ About the Basketball Floater
Gary Payton of the Seattle SuperSonics and John Stockton of the Utah Jazz during their primes, the former in the mid-to-late 90s and the latter in the early-to-mid 90s were considered to have the best tear drops in the game. Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors frequently use the tear drop with great success.3 Antawn Jamison had one of the most highly effective tear drop shots in the league despite being a power forward. Ben Gordon of the Charlotte Bobcats, Juan Carlos Navarro of FC Barcelona, Steve Nash (Retired), Rajon Rondo of the Chicago Bulls, J.J. Barea from the Dallas Mavericks, and Derrick Rose from the New York Knicks are currently known for the tear drop move.

John Volger

190114 ~ About the Invention of the Basketball Floater
The invention of the teardrop is one of the most controversial topics in basketball. Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs credits himself for inventing it. Of course, it was used much before he came into the league. Hank Luisetti, a basketball player at Stanford University in 1938, used a unique shot called the step and shoot. Many believe that this is the shot that was later called the teardrop.

JL Treseguet

[1] Basketball  (external link)
[2] Basketball Moves  (external link)
[3] With Hop and Flick, Little Guys Get Upper Hand by Scott Cacciola  (external link)
[4] How to Shoot a Basketball Floater, Tear Drop or Runner  (external link)
[5] Elite Athletes by Jean-Marc Mwema & Joerik Michiels from joerik.michiels@eliteathletes.be  (external link)
[6] The Basketball Tear Drop  (external link)
[7] How To Shoot A Floater In Basketball  (external link)
[7] 4 Keys to Shooting a “floater”  (external link)

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