How to Shoot a Reverse Layup in Basketball. The reverse layup and its variations, like the finger roll or teardrop, have been made famous by NBA all- stars like. You can shoot reverse layups without spin as well, but I think you'll find that you have to focus much more on where the ball hits the backboard. Here's the thing: Most coaches teach players to turn their body when shooting the reverse layup, creating too much extra movement. This not.