Inspired by William T. “Buck” Lai

I took inspiration from the instructional diagrams in “Winning Basketball: Individual Play and Team Strategy” written and illustrated by William T. “Buck” Lai in 1955 to create these images of old-school hoopers. There’s Boogie Cousins in the triple threat,

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Karl-Anthony Towns utilizing the hook, and

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Jahlil Okafor passing out of the pivot.

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These images were featured in Austin Peters’ story “The Modern Big Man: What’s Old is New” on The Step Back.

Now Rajon Rondo’s chest pass,

Rondo’s fake behind-the-back pass,

and Pistol Pete’s behind-the-back pass.

Here’s the first Superteam.

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