Today’s game of basketball is one of free-flowing that has a seamless transition from each phase of the game to the next. Every coach works tirelessly to get his team to be able to get out and run. Teams that can play at a certain pace and take the first best shot while being efficient are extremely difficult to defend and very entertaining to watch. It is inevitable that your offense will face a defense; however, a set defense is not always the case. One of the most important phases of a basketball game is the transition from the defensive end of the floor to the offensive end. To many basketball people, this phase is known as transition. What if it was simply just called your offense? An offense that actually had a certain rhythm to it that began when the ball was in the hands of your players and only ended when the defense got it or more appealing when your opponent was taking the ball out of the net.
This type of offensive design takes different offensive skills that will allow each player to fill a role in the offense. Players must be able to dribble, pass, shoot and most importantly make decisions quickly and effectively.
Players have to be able to handle the basketball. Being able to change speeds, change directions, and make plays in an instant are all crucial to the success of a full-court offensive system. The more players on the court that can handle the ball the better your team will be.
In order to be successful playing this up and down the pace, the first skill that needs to be developed is the way all of your players handle the ball. Passing is quite possibly the most undervalued and underappreciated skill in basketball. Players being able to throw a variety of passes with both hands will not only help the offense but also help the shooting percentages of each player and in turn the team. The level of your team’s passing ability will ultimately decide the shooting and playmaking ability of your team. Players have to be able to make passes at different speeds and from different angles.
It can be argued that shooting is the most important skill for your players to possess but I see this differently. We have all heard the saying, “there is always a spot for someone that can shoot.” As today’s game has progressed into even more a shooter’s paradise, the ability for players to knock down shots is a necessity that no team can be without. Teams need players that can shoot from all three levels, near the basket, mid-range, and 3 point snipers. The more shooters that a team has the harder they become to defend. Having a player or players that can make the challenged or contested shots is what ultimately makes steams elite and special.
The most important and impactful skill that allows teams to play in this free-flowing yet structured style is decision making. The ability for a player to quickly read or already have read the defender/defense and then be able to execute the play. More often times than not this play will need to be executed under duress or the pressure from a defender or two.
The following are a series of drills to enhance all of these skills in the half court. Click the links to download them for FREE
The following are a series of drills to enhance all of these skills in the full court.
Transition shooting series
Coach Weir played college basketball at the D1, D2 and Juco levels before beginning his coaching career. He is currently heading into his 12th year of coaching. Coach Weir has been a high school varsity assistant for the last nine years and helped coach multiple playoff teams, multiple 20 win season …