Definitions for fadeawayˈfeɪd əˌweɪ

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  1. fadeaway(Noun)

    An instance of fading away, of diminishing in proximity or intensity.

  2. fadeaway(Noun)

    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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  1. Fadeaway

    A fadeaway or fall-away in basketball is a jump shot taken while jumping backwards, away from the basket. The goal is to create space between the shooter and the defender, making the shot much harder to block. However, this benefit comes with a drawback. The shooter must have very good accuracy and must use more strength 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. The naturally lower shooting percentage and inability of the shooter to be able to get his own rebound lead many coaches and players to believe it is one of the worst shots in the game to take. 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, and only a handful of great NBA players have been successful shooting fadeaways. Michael Jordan was one of the most popular shooters of the fadeaway. Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Dirk Nowitzki are also well known for using this move.


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