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The Cleveland Cavaliers had some time on their hands during their 126-94 blowout win over the Knicks on Friday.
While the reserves finished the game, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving passed the time by playing the water bottle flip challenge, the goal obviously being to land a partially filled bottle on the floor.
After some work, Kyrie eventually got the bottle to land.
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One of the best ways to get high percentage baskets is guard penetration to a post dump off. The penetration forces the defensive post player to step up to stop the ball and this creates the opportunity to pass the ball off to the offensive post player. However, this only works if the post player does a great job creating space for a passing angle, and then also catches the basketball moving towards the basket.
A good post defender is going to recover pretty quickly on the dump off pass, so it is extremely important that the offensive post players technique is great on the catch and then finishing before the defensive player can recover or through contact if the post player gets back around in time. This Florida Gators drill is perfect for working on this type of action.
Drill Name: Florida Gators Line Ups Finishing Drill
Similar Drills: Guard Dump Off Shooting Drill
Drill Goal: Work on finishing after a guard penetrates and dumps the ball off to a post player.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball or heavy ball, 1 passer, 1 pad, and a defender.
Tips: Catch the ball with your momentum moving towards the basket and don’t be afraid of the contact. Get your shoulders squared to basket on your finish so that you don’t expose the ball to the defender.
Directions: The player is going to start a couple of feet off of the block with their butt to the baseline. The passer will be in the paint with the ball. When the drill starts the passer will make a bounce pass to the player slightly leading them to the basket and the post player will move towards the basket as they receive the pass. From this point you can choose from three different types of finishes to work on.
The first finish is a no dribble finish that is going to work on finishing before the post defender can recover and you don’t need a pad for this finish.
The second finish is going to be with one dribble and it is going to work on beating the post defender to the spot and then finishing through contact.
The third finish is similar to the second in using one dribble and seeking the contact, but instead of finishing on the same side of the rim, the player is going to pivot and use the the rim to protect the finish from the shot blocker.
You can do this drill with multiple post players in a line one after the other, or in an individual workout.
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It is important for players to see shots go in, the more they can see shots go in the more confidence they play with. So it is important to try and find time during practice to work on shooting. Unfortunately as pretty much every coach knows, it seems like there is never enough time in practice to work on everything that you want to. So you need to find team basketball drills that maximize time.
This team shooting drill is great at maximizing time for two reasons, it allows every player to be involved in the drill and it can be substituted in as part of warming up. Players will be able to get themselves going, work on shooting touch, and see the ball go in the basket.
Drill Name: Pin Down Team Warm Up Shooting Drill
Similar Drills: Off the Dribble Team Warm Up Shooting Drill
Drill Goal: Work on shooting and warming up.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball per player.
Tips: Max four players to a basket for spacing. Focus in getting your legs under the ball and being balanced on your shot. Finish high and hold your follow through on every shot. Really look to lock in on proper technique and develop good shooting touch.
Directions: The player is going to start with the ball just outside either lane line. They will spin the ball out to themselves up the lane line about 8-10 feet from the basket, and as they are catching the ball they are going to inside pivot into a shot. They player will get their own rebound and then get back in line. The player must make four in a row before switching sides.
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A lot of times when it comes to practice there are only so many minutes to get in what you want to work on, so it is important that when you do do skill development drills that a lot of players are involved in the drill, and that there are a lot of repetitions in a short period of time.
This team basketball drill is going to accomplish just that. It will allow the players to get a lot of high quality reps at finishing off of one foot in a short period of time. The drill also implements some shooting off of the dribble as well so that players are constantly working during this drill.
Drill Name: One Foot Team Finishing Drill
Similar Drills: Off the Dribble Team Warm Up Shooting Drill
Drill Goal: Work on finishing off of one foot.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball per player, a passer, and 2 obstacles (chairs, cones, trashcan, D-Man).
Tips: Once the player gives up the ball they need to sprint to the cut. Make sure that you don’t travel on the finish and really look to extend out past the dummy defender obstacle.
Directions: The players are going to start in a line out on the left sideline area 6-8 fee from the 3 point line, the passer will be located just outside the left elbow area. Set up one obstacle just to the right of the rim in the paint and the other on the side basket 10-12 feet out and to the right. When the drill starts, the first player in line will pass the ball to the coach/manager and then cut hard to the basket through the center of the paint.
They will receive the ball back as they cut through the paint, and without taking a dribble they will take two steps and finish off of one foot. The player will gather their own rebound, dribble to the side basket for a pull up jump shot, and then get back in line. The next player in line will go once the coach/manager has passed the ball back to the cutter.
If you do not have a side basket just have the players get back in line after their layup. To make this drill a competition set up a scoring system. Layups = 1 point and pull up makes = 2 points. First player to 10 points wins.
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This is not a complex shooting drill that has a lot of moving parts, and is in fact pretty basic, but it is a great way to keep a shooter mentally engaged when shooting catch and shoot shots, and it will provide some variation to simply just catching and shooting over and over again without some kind of competitive factor involved.
It is important that shooters stay mentally engaged when they are shooting so that they don’t allow themselves practice bad habits.So shooting drills like this are great because they give the shooter a competition rather than just mindlessly shooting.
Drill Name: 3 2 3 Shooting Drill
Drill Goal: Work on shooting game speed catch and shoot shots while staying mentally engaged.
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs and 2 partners.
Tips: Get your work done before the ball gets there and shoot the same way every time. Focus on one shot at a time and stay mentally engaged on each shot.
Directions: The shooter will start in the corner with a rebounder under the basket and a passer near the top of the key. The player has 1 minute to get through the drill and they must make; 3 in a row from the corner, 2 total from the wing, 3 in a row from the top of the key, 2 total from the opposite wing, and then 3 in a row from the opposite corner. If you would like to scale down the drill you can flip flop the numbers and go; 3 total makes from the corner, 2 in a row from the wing, 3 total makes from the top of the key, 2 in a row from the opposite wing, and 3 total makes from the opposite corner.
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If you are constantly having to fall back on your strong hand, and use it as a crutch that is not good. You need to be able to develop your weak hand so that it is as good as your dominant hand. This means that you have to spend time doing basketball drills that are going to work on your handles, and give you confidence in your dribbling abilities.
Two basketball dribbling drills are a great way to balance yourself out as player. They will help give you confidence to dribble the basketball with either hand because you don’t have the ability to switch the basketball over to your strong hand. You don’t want to be predictable as a ball handler and if you can only go one direction while dribbling, you become very predictable.
Drill Name: Progression Crossover 2 Basketball Dribbling Drill
Drill Goal: Work on both hands at the same time and work on your crossover move
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs
Tips: Make sure you keep your back straight and eyes up. Stay low on the dribble.
Directions: Take 1-3 stationary dribbles with each hand (as you get more advanced, limit your dribbles), and then cross both basketballs over in front of you. Use another stationary dribble(s) and do the same crossover move. Alternate which hand dribbles the basketball in front each time (it will end up the same basketball being in front each time). Continue this pattern for the desired amount of time, usually 30-60 seconds.
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There are several different types of basketball crossovers that a player can do to get past a defender, or out of trouble. One of the types of crossovers is the over the top push crossover move, and that is what this basketball dribbling drill is going to work on. This type of crossover is going to be used when a defenders hands are in the dribbling lane and you need to push the ball over top of their hand to get past them. Another great time to use this type of crossover is when splitting a ball screen.
This 2 ball basketball drill practices the over the top crossover, but it also works on developing your ball control and your over all ball handling. Having to dribble both basketballs at the same time will be a challenge, but the idea is to over challenge the player during basketball training or practice time. That way when they get into a game they can handle the basketball with ease.
Drill Name: Over The Top Crossover 2 Basketball Dribbling Drill
Drill Goal: Improve ball control and ball handling
Equipment Needed: 2 basketballs
Tips: Don’t carry the ball over top but push it over the other ball.
Directions: Dribble both basketballs down at the same time to get your rhythm and then cross the ball in your right hand over top while you push dribble the ball in your left hand underneath. Continue this right over left motion without any dribbles in between. Go for about 30 seconds and then switch to left over right. You can also alternate each time which hand goes over top on the dribble.
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Great ball handlers have quick hands and are able to quickly transfer the ball from hand to hand with ease. They are also able to control the basketball at a high level. The windshield wiper between the legs dribbling drill is going to work on both of these skills, and will really help the ball handler improve their overall dribbling skills.
You may have done the basic windshield wiper drill before and are somewhat familiar with this drill, but this is an advanced version of the drill that is really going to challenge the player. It is also a ball handling drill that can be done pretty much anywhere that you have a flat hard surface. So it eliminates the excuse of not having a gym to go to.
Drill Name: Windshield Wiper Between The Legs Dribbling Drill
Drill Goal: Work on developing quick hands and ball control.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball.
Tips: Don’t raise up our of your athletic stance during the drill. Keep your eyes up and practice scanning the floor. Challenge yourself to go as quickly as you can, and get out of your comfort zone. Don’t worry about making a mistake or losing control of the ball.
Directions: The player is going to start with a basketball in their right hand. They are going to do 4 windshield wiper dribbles with their right hand (first windshield wiper needs to be towards the middle), and the dribble the ball between their legs to the left hand. As soon as the ball reaches the left hand immediately begin repeating the move with your left hand. Continue this back and forth pattern for 30-60 seconds.
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The decelerated Euro step is a great basketball move to use in transition when you have a bigger more athletic shot blocker trying to run you down, or when you have an over aggressive defender on your hip. Using this move allows the defender to run past you, leaving the basket open for the layup, runner, or floater. This is one of the basketball fundamentals of finishing around the basket, and every guard/wing player should take the time to learn this move.
Learn how to do a decelerated Euro step by watching this video. The move will be taught by an expert coach and then demonstrated by a high level player. This will allow you to see the correct way to do the move and also learn some of the tips for really being able to sell the move.
Drill Name: How to Do a Decelerated Euro Step
Similar Drills: How to Do a Euro Step
Drill Goal: Learn the right footwork for the decelerated Euro step and how to finish around the basket.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a basket
Tips: Visualize the defender trying to run you down and block your shot. Really try to change up your speeds and sell the move. Protect the basketball when you make the move. When you make the move to slow down don’t drag your back pivot foot.
- Drive to the basket with your right or left hand at 3/4 to full speed.
- When you make your move you are going to plant with your outside foot and try to decelerate your entire body.
- Step laterally to your other foot and either bring the ball over top or cradle it as you do. Protect the basketball from getting stripped.
- Shoot a floater/runner off of the foot that you just stepped to.
- Hold your follow through and stay in your shot until you make or miss.
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