To gain better basketball skills, players must first understand and master the basics of the game.
In basketball, there are 6 different fundamental skill areas that players need to focus on during training.
Dribbling the basketball is done to move the ball only when a pass is not a better option and a lane is not available. Both new and experienced players make the mistake of dribbling the ball when they don’t need to. Ask any colleague or professional basketball coach – they’ll all tell you the same thing. Dribbling should be done when the player (you) has some purpose to fulfill. Dribbling for an offensive option is a good way to lose the ball. When you’re looking for that option, take the ball with a firm grip and put your body between you and the defender. Regardless of how good you are at dribbling, the defense will always have a better chance of stealing if you’re dribbling the ball instead of catching it with both hands.
The pass is the number 1 option for moving the ball down the court on offense. Passing is faster than dribbling, so it’s a deadly offensive tool to get to that open man so he can get the shot. Good passes are the hallmark of good teams because most offensive plays are set up with good passes.
Shooting is probably the most practiced skill by new and experienced players. However, many people still practice it poorly. In practice, all drills should be performed at game speed and as if under pressure. Players are often too lazy to do this and instead of practicing the sweet jump shot they’re doing constantly in the game, they do it with a jump shot. Instead of jumping for power, they use their arms for power and their legs for the rest. Practicing the wrong way to shoot is something players do all the time, but they don’t understand why they miss all of their jump shots during the game…
Rebounding can come in two forms: offensive and defensive. A lot of new players look at rebounding and immediately think it’s a big man area. However, this is not so. Rebounding is more than just being big. It even exceeds the ability to jump. To be good at rebounding you need skill and dedication. Skill is primarily the ability to position yourself and read shots, something that comes quickly with practice. Dedication is probably the most important factor in rebounding. The person who receives the ball is the one who is most hungry for the ball and the one who is willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
Offense is critical and encompasses all aspects of the offensive floor. The shot has already been covered (and more is covered on the basketball website listed below). However, moving away from the ball to give the player on the ball offensive options is another thing that is essential to a good offense. Supporting your teammates with screens and being able to locate the best offensive option and get the ball to them are also fundamental things in attack. These skills are often overlooked.
The best defensive teams in the NBA are usually the ones that make it to the playoffs. You see this year after year, so one simple conclusion can be drawn: defense is key to victory. Defense is not just about stealing or blocking, but also about intimidating opponents.