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10 greatest signature moves in NBA history

Gautam Varier
ANALYST
Modified 23 Dec 2017
Top 5 / Top 10

#9 George Gervin's Finger Roll

An aesthetically pleasing shot unlike any other perhaps, the finger roll layup was the bread and butter of George Gervin's game. One of the greatest scorers of his era, Gervin was nicknamed the Iceman for his cool demeanor on the court and also for apparently not sweating during games.

The Finger roll isn't an easy shot to master, but once done, it's a very difficult shot to stop. The main purpose behind the finger roll is to flick the ball over an outstretched defender and using the spin to lay it in off the backboard.

While Gervin wasn't the one who pioneered the finger-roll in the NBA, it was Wilt Chamberlain (we'll get to him later), but Gervin used it on a far more consistent basis. He used the finger roll to deadly effect, winning 4 scoring titles in 5 years. While many NBA players use the Finger Roll at the basket, Gervin used to pull it off even from as far as the free throw line.

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Published 23 Dec 2017, 11:43 IST
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