The ability to make a play off the dribble and get by your defender to attack the middle of the defense is one of the most useful offensive skills you can have on the basketball court.
Typically, getting past that defender requires changing speeds and directions, and the crossover dribble is the perfect way to do both of those things.
While it may seem elementary to some, the crossover dribble can be one of the most effective ways to beat your initial defender and create a scoring opportunity for yourself or a teammate.Continue reading
The Euro Step is an extremely effective move that allows a player with the ball to evade a defender and finish at the basket with a wide open layup.
It’s a move that has become much more popular in recent years.
It was used in European leagues for years, but wasn’t seen much in North America until around 1989, when Šarūnas Marčiulionis brought it to the NBA.Continue reading
The pump fake is one of the simplest yet most effective moves in basketball.
When you boil it down, a pump fake is simply a fake shot.
But while it sounds simple, its effects can be devastating.
The pump fake has been used in the game of basketball for many years. The reason it’s been around so long — and is here to stay — is because it’s so effective.Continue reading
If you want to win basketball games, your players must be able to finish at the rim consistently.
While knowing “how to do a layup” will sound easy to most players, it’s actually much more difficult than most people realize.
Think about it:
Players attack the hoop at varying speeds…
Players attack the hoop from many different angles…
And when they do get to the hoop, there’s usually a second defender waiting who will attempt to swat their layup into the 5th row.Continue reading
There’s nothing more important for young players than improving basketball fundamentals. In this post, I’ve listed 9 fundamental skills every player should work hard to master.Continue reading
A high basketball IQ is the most important trait a player can possess.
Like a Grandmaster in chess, it’s the players who are able to think 3 or 4 moves ahead of the other players on the floor who excel and separate themselves from the competition.
Which is why improving basketball intelligence is a requirement for any player who has intentions of stepping on the floor to compete in the best leagues around the world.Continue reading