Why LeBron James' Drop Step is the NBA's Most Unstoppable Move

Eric Guy@whoisericguyCorrespondent IIIJuly 6, 2013

LeBron James is a machine in the low post.

Night in and night out, defenders are left gasping for air after having the strenuous task of guarding The King.

While LeBron has added a multitude of moves to his low-post arsenal in recent years, one move in particular reigns supreme—the drop step.

Used to shield a defender behind for a clear look at the hoop, the drop step is performed when a player drops his outside foot into the lane.

LeBron has developed a devastating drop step that is extremely difficult to combat.

By way of his superior skill, overpowering strength and confidence, LeBron’s drop step is the NBA’s most unstoppable move.


Skill is Unmatchable

LeBron executes with solid footwork, balance and positioning in the low post.

The following video shows LeBron posting up one of the league’s better defenders in Ronnie Brewer:

Prior to receiving the ball, LeBron located where the defense was and only allowed Brewer to play him one way. As a result, LeBron was able to easily back Brewer into the restricted area and finish with the graceful drop step.

Once LeBron had strong positioning, it was a done deal. Squaring up with his feet shoulder-width apart allowed LeBron to throw Brewer into the paint with force.

Certainly, Brewer guarding LeBron is a matchup that the latter is likely to win pretty much every time.

So, where was the help defense?

With LeBron already positioned and three shooters lined across the perimeter, if Chicago did try to double LeBron, a wide open shot for one of Miami’s shooters would have been the result.


Strength Creates a Mismatch

At 250 pounds, nobody wants any of LeBron in the low post.

For the majority of small forwards in the NBA, it is inevitable that one will be thrown around like a rag doll while trying to cover him.

The video below details the tough task Indiana’s Paul George had in trying to thwart LeBron’s onslaught in the low post during Game 3 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals:

George was constantly thrown in disarray by LeBron.

Time after time, George was unable to defend against the drop step, the jump hook or any other move that LeBron attempted.

To put into perspective just how dominant LeBron was against George in the low post, LeBron scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting when the two battled down on the low block.

Wow, 12 points in one area against a man who is unquestionably one of the game’s elite defenders?

That is simply incredible.

Maybe the NBA should place a sign near the low block that reads “Enter at your own risk” when LeBron is playing.   

Who knows, it might save someone. 


Confident Playing Inside

According to Synergy Sports (subscription required), LeBron operated in the post 308 times during the 2012-13 regular season.

Per Hoopdata.com, LeBron attempted 6.9 shots per game around the rim and 1.5 shots from 3-9 feet from the hoop, making 78 percent and 60 percent of his attempts from those distances, respectively.

Such statistics detail that, whether LeBron is driving to rim or backing someone down on the block, there is no stopping him. 

That type of production keeps the defense clueless regarding what LeBron is going to do when he gets in the post.

Is he going to shoot? Is he going to pass? Is he going to bulldoze his way to the rim?

If LeBron is doubled, he will find the open man on the perimeter. If LeBron is left with single coverage, he will make whoever’s guarding him wish they were never placed in that dangerous position.

A confident LeBron James is already impossible to compete with. Having to deal with a confident LeBron who is looking to score in the post? That’s just something no man is capable of stopping. 


Due to his imposing physical nature and approach to the game, LeBron’s drop step and the rest of his low-post repertoire are weapons that no human can defend.

The scarier thing about LeBron is that he will only continue to get better as time goes on.

It’s pretty clear that no one can touch The King.


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