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NBA Basketball 101: Learning how to drop a floater like Trae Young


One of the biggest stars of the playoffs so far has been Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young.

In just his first playoff run, Young is proving he belongs, averaging 30.5 points, 10.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. His stellar play has helped the Hawks get to the Eastern Conference Finals for just the second time in the team's history.

While Young's numbers jump off the page, how he's doing it is pretty impressive. Standing at just 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Young isn't the biggest or strongest player in the league, but he's found a way to use a secret weapon that allows him to be effective scoring inside as well as he does outside of the paint.

That weapon is his floater.

Young has perfected the art of the floater making him virtually unguardable when he gets in the paint.

And Young isn't the only one who uses the floater to his advantage.

Stephen Curry:

Luka Doncic:

Even Rookie of the Year, LaMelo Ball:

...have used the floater to their advantage.

With the floater becoming one of the best offensive weapons you can have, we thought it'd be time to take a look at a couple of drills you can do to add the floater to your game.

First, we have Coach Aaron from the Detroit Pistons teaching us the jump stop and pop:

We also have Coach Branch from the Memphis Grizzlies teaching us how to strengthen our off-hand and perfect our floater:

Practice makes perfect, and don't forget that if you record yourself doing the drills, please upload it to social media and use the #JrNBAatHome.

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