“And One” in basketball is a play when an offensive player is fouled while attempting a field goal, and the shot goes in. The and one refers to the extra free throw awarded to the fouled player.
What is “And One” in Basketball?
“And One” is almost a colloquial term for a play that involves a player that got fouled while making a shot. The referees often announce the play as “basket counted and one,” referring to the extra free throw given to the fouled player. The most points that an offensive player gets in an “and one” play is four points. This happens when he is fouled while attempting and making a three-point shot.
- To convert a basket while being fouled is a culmination of different skills and characteristics.
- An “and one” play is a big momentum changer, especially in close games. It almost has the same effect as a dunk or a three-point shot.
- Technically, an “and one” can happen after any shot attempt as long as the offensive player is fouled.
- Most NBA players have the habit of yelling “And One” on every drive to implore the referee for a foul call.
- A foul called before the shooting motion is not an “and one.” Even if the player makes the shot, the conversion is called off, and he won’t be shooting free throws unless the other team is in penalty.
NBA And One Video
Characteristics Needed to Complete an “And One”
Here’s what it takes to be good at completing “And One” plays.
To absorb contact and still make the shot is the epitome of strength. Most basketball players are naturally muscular, and at the professional level, all of them undergo some form of weight training programs. That is why it’s not easy to finesse a shot into the basket while getting fouled. Factor in the unpredictability of the origin of the contact, and we can just be amazed at how some players are so good at it.
You probably heard about the popular basketball saying that the game is 90% mental and 10% physical. When talking about the mental aspect of basketball, it’s not just about the IQ; there is also concentration. Imagine being hounded by two or three players, and one of them slaps you in the wrist or undercuts you. Would you have made the shot? Chances are, you won’t. So when someone actually makes a shot under that type of duress, an insane amount of concentration is needed.
When fouled in the act of shooting, most basketball players are content with the situation. A foul count is added to the defensive player, and the fouled offensive player gets two (or three) free throws. But someone who made the shot while getting fouled did way more than he’s supposed to. He toughed it out, persevered, and added an extra point for his team. Now, that’s determination.
NBA’s All-Time Four-Point Play Leaders
The four-point play is called the ultimate “and one,” and why not? It is the highest possible string of points a player can get under normal circumstances.
Here are the NBA players who converted the most four-point plays:
Jamal Crawford YouTube Video
James Harden Video
JJ Redick Video
Reggie Miller and Steph Curry
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