Basketball Drills that will improve your Game


Written By: Lamar Hull @ Google+

The greatest lesson a basketball player can learn, is utilizing basketball drills and fundamentals to increase basketball IQ. Basketball players work on their fundamentals with basketball drills. The elite players at the college and professional level, have a firm grasp on these fundamentals, and even then, coaches throughout the world continue to stress the continued work on the fundamentals. Basketball’s fundamentals should be your top priority when first starting out.

Basic basketball fundamentals such as free throw shooting, lay ups, dribbling with both hands, the cross over dribble, passing, and one on one defense are some of the necessary skills to become a better basketball player. These skills aren’t subject to a specific offensive philosophy or defensive approach. These basketball skills will apply to every team someone plays on, and every coach someone will ever play for.

Fundamental mastery applies from youth basketball to the best teams in semi-pro, to European, and the NBA. Elite skills start as fundamental building blocks that are practiced repeatedly, to the point of exhaustion, because as with any sport, a player gets out of it what he or she puts into it. The more time spent working on the basics of the game, the greater chance of long term success that basketball player will encounter because of the strong basic fundamental game they bring to the court each time they step onto it. Whether the team is run and gun or 3-man weaving it’s a way to success, without having sound fundamental basketball skills, a basketball player is simply going through the motions and will be discovered as a weakness on the floor sooner rather than later. Don’t be that type of basketball player!

It is imperative that basketball players spend the amount of time required to master their basketball skills and fundamentals. How do players get better at shooting the basketball? They shoot, and shoot, and shoot some more until they feel like their arms are going to fall off. Why? A player may actually be involved in a basketball game that requires maximum effort just for their team to stay in the game on a given night. A basketball player may be forced to put up 30 shots, and the player needs to be just as sharp by shot 30 as they were with the first shot.

p>Muscle memory and repetition keeps that player fundamentally sound no matter what the game’s situation may be. Being able to keep the feet aligned, the bend in the arm, the proper rotation on the basketball, and the follow through are all things that ingrains within the player who has spent the time working on those basic skills to where they are second nature in executing. I wouldn’t leave the gym until my arms were soar. If I didn’t feel in exhaustion in my arms from shooting the basketball, one I wasn’t working hard enough and two, I need to take more shots. I was definitely a gym rat! I loved practicing and using all types of basketball drills that pushed me out of my comfort zone. My good friend James at Coach’s Clipboard has some great individual and team basketball drills that you can check out as well.

Shooting the basketball is just one example of a fundamental skill that each player should dedicate themselves to perfecting when on the court. Other necessary skills players should focus on include:

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