D-up! A verbal direction that means get into your defensive positions.
Defensive Three-Second Violation. Occurs only in the NBA. Where a defender can only be in the lane for no more than 3 seconds. Penalty is a technical foul = 1shot plus possession.
Defensive Rebound. Where a defending player retrieves a missed shot.
Defensive Transition. Recovery of players to get into a defensive set to prevent an attacking team from scoring a basket after a change in possession (usually a basket).
Denial Stance. Where a defender gets close to the player they are guarding when the ball is one pass away. Defender will also put a hand, palm out and toward the basketball, in front of the Offesive player being guardsd. Aka. Closed Stance. (Thank you Coach Haynes-Basketball Australia).
Diaper Shot. A type of foul shot that is characterized by a two-handed motion that starts at the knees. Common shot over years ago.
Dipper Dunk. Old expression for a dunk. First coined by broadcaster Bill Campbell when Wilt Chamberlain scored hi 100th point in a game in Hershey, PA.
Dime. An assist. Eg. " He dropped a dime".
Dinner is Served. Said when a defender blocks a shot emphatically.
Displacement. Where either an offensive or defensive player bumps and thereby forces an opposing player out of their established position. This is a violation.
Dominant Hand / Foot. A player's naturally used hand or foot.
Double Down. A term used to describe the positioning of two offensive players close together often times at the low block of the key. A variety of set or motion plays can be run off this positioning.
Dribble Weave. Where perimeter players, usually the 1,2, and 3 conduct a dribble and hand-off pattern hoping to create an opportunity by way of a seam in the defense. Sometimes used as a stall to use up clock time.
Drive. When a player makes a quick dribbling attack on the basket often to attempt a lay-up.
Drive Fake. Where a stationary player with the ball pretends to take their first step of their drive often to create distance between themselves and their defender. (Aka. Jab Step)
Elevation. Height of a players jump. See Vert, Vertical, Ups, Hangtime, Air, or Hops.
Fifty-Fifty Ball. A loose ball that players from either time have a chance at getting possession of.
Finding the Open Shot. When an offensive player is able to get a pass to a team mate who was left unguarded often off the dribble.
Flex Offense. A type of continuity offense started in the 1970's and was made famous by University of Maryland. Characterized by the flex-cut which, in it's simplest form, was a lateral (east-west) cut through the paint usally at the low post area.
Floater. An off-tempo, early release shot used to get over taller defenders. Called a Teardrop as well.
Flushed the Ball/Shot. Made a basket.
Follow-Through. Where a player will allow the momentum created in a shot carry through their arm and hand extension. Most often used in foul, set, jump shots. See BEEF.
Forward Pivot. Where a player with the ball plants one foot and turns around that foot to face the direction of attack. See Reverse Pivot.
Foul. A infraction of the rules. There are fifteen types of fouls, two general categories of which a player should know at minimum: the personal foul (of which there are several types) and the violation (of which there are several types). The basic difference is that personal fouls are where there is illegal contact against a player and count against a team and violations are executional infractions such as travelling, double dribbling, three and five second violations, and over-and-back. Violations are not counted against a team.
Foul Trouble. Where a player has collected a disproportionate amount of personal fouls early in the game. A rule of thumb many coaches used to make this determination was where a player should not have more fouls than the quarter of the game they are in.
Front Pivot. When a player with the ball pivots in the direction they are facing.