This Damian Lillard Spin Move Should Be Inscribed In Textbooks

There are two types of spin moves in basketball: the spin move that sort of looks cool, but does little to help the team -- e.g. your spin moves -- and the type of spin move the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard pulled off Monday night against the Memphis Grizzlies:

Here’s another angle:

To compare, your spin moves don’t lead you any closer to the basket, make your teammates wince a little, lead to a turnover about half of the time, are completed without consideration for the defense and really don't serve much purpose beyond a feeble attempt to impress that vague romantic interest pretending to care on the sideline (i.e. park bench).

Damian Lillard-like spin moves get players closer to the basket, inspire teammates, are made under control and in response to the defense and are completed not for the sake of “oohs” and “aahs,” but instead in hopes of improving a team’s chances of winning.

The up-and-under was pretty nice too. Lillard’s Trail Blazers kept their season alive with a 99-92 victory against the Grizzlies.