Here we see an example of a legal gather and a shot. The offensive player gathers the ball with his right foot on the ground and is allowed two steps in any direction. Rule 4 Section III – The Gather and Rule 10 Section XIII – Traveling (b).

Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks | February 23, 2021 | Traveling

Section XIII—Traveling

  1. A player who receives the ball while standing still may pivot, using either foot as the pivot foot.
  2. A player who gathers the ball while progressing may take (1) two steps in coming to a stop, passing or shooting the ball, or (2) if he has not yet dribbled, one step prior to releasing the ball. A player who gathers the ball while dribbling may take two steps in coming to a stop, passing, or shooting the ball.
    1. The first step occurs when a foot, or both feet, touch the floor after gaining control of the ball.
    2. The second step occurs after the first step when the other foot touches the floor, or both feet touch the floor simultaneously.
    3. A player who comes to a stop on step one when both feet are on the floor or touch the floor simultaneously may pivot using either foot as his pivot. If he jumps with both feet he must release the ball before either foot touches the floor.
    4. A player who lands with one foot first may only pivot using that foot.
    5. A progressing player who jumps off one foot on the first step may land with both feet simultaneously for the second step. In this situation, the player may not pivot with either foot and if one or both feet leave the floor the ball must be released before either returns to the floor.
  3. In starting a dribble after (1) receiving the ball while standing still, or (2) coming to a legal stop, the ball must be out of the player’s hand before the pivot foot is raised off the floor.
  4. If a player, with the ball in his possession, raises his pivot foot off the floor, he must pass or shoot before his pivot foot returns to the floor. If he drops the ball while in the air, he may not be the first to touch the ball.
  5. A player who falls to the floor while holding the ball, or while coming to a stop, may not gain an advantage by sliding.
  6. A player who attempts a field goal may not be the first to touch the ball if it fails to touch the backboard, basket ring or another player.
  7. A player may not be the first to touch his own pass unless the ball touches his back- board, basket ring or another player.
  8. Upon ending his dribble or gaining control of the ball, a player may not touch the floor consecutively with the same foot (hop).
    1. PENALTY: Loss of ball. The ball is awarded to the opposing team on the sideline, nearest spot of the violation but no nearer the baseline than the foul line extended.


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Gather vs Travel

This is another example of a legal gather and shot. Giannis gathers the ball with his left foot and is allowed two step in any direction.

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