Basketball Drills - Guard Breakdown Shooting DrillsBy Dr. James Gels, From the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
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Often in practice we "breakdown" for 10 or 15 minutes and have post players doing their drills at one end and perimeter players doing drills on the opposite end with a coach or assistant at each end.
Collins Shooting DrillThis drill comes from Chris Collins (when he was at Duke). It features dribble-penetration and a kick to an open shooter on the 3-point arc, which is so important in today's dribble-attacking offenses. Diagram 1 shows O1 with the ball on the right wing. O1 dribble-drives into the paint, as if looking to score, and then kicks out to O2 on the arc. O2 has to re-locate and get open by either sliding above the ball, or fading to the corner.
After passing to O2, O1 immediately sprints back out to the wing. A coach dribbles from the top and passes out to O1 (diagram 2), who re-locates on the right arc. O1 and O2 both get 3-point shots. See the video for details.
From Chris Collins - Duke Basketball: Competitive Shooting Drills
Collins Transition Shooting DrillThis is another drill from Chris Collins. The first part features pull-up jump shots in transition as the defender is retreating (diagram 1 below). The shooter starts at half-court and speed dribbles as if to attack the top defender. As the defender retreats, the shooter pulls up for the jump-shot. He gets his rebound and goes to the back of the line at half-court. Continue until your shooters make 5 or 6 in a row.
The second part of the drill has the defender coming up to the arc to stop the shooter (diagram 2). The shooter makes a quick cross-over dribble and attacks around the defender to score a lay-up. The shooter should try to get to the hoop with just one dribble once he/she has beaten the top defender. Often in a game, there will be second defender down low to beat. So here Collins has the shooter use an "extended" lay-up with the shooting arm outstretched to avoid the block, almost like a hook shot release.
From Chris Collins - Mike Krzyzewski - Open Practice: Shooting Drills
Hurley Curl-Pop-Fade Shooting DrillThis drill is from coach Bob Hurley. It teaches players how to read the defender when coming around a down-screen. The cutter has three options depending on what the defender does: (1) curl around the screen, (2) pop to the wing, or (3) fade to the corner.
The cutter curls around the screen (cone or chair) when his/her defender trails him around the screen (diagram 1 below). The point guard recognizes this and takes one dribble opposite for better spacing, and then makes a leading bounce pass to the cutter for a pull-up elbow jump shot.
Diagram 2. Here the defender runs right into the screen. The cutter pops to the arc for a quick chest pass from O1. He could shoot the 3-pointer, or dribble-drive to the hoop.
Diagram 3. The defender "cheats" and goes under the screen. The cutter fades to the corner for the over-the-top pass from O1 and an open corner 3-point shot.
When doing this drill, go through each option, and then have the defender mix it up so that the cutter learns to read the correct option.
triple-treat position, make a jab-step fake or shot fake, and then execute the dribble and shot as indicated in each diagram below. We teach that the left foot is always the pivot foot (for a right-handed player) and vice-versa for the left-handed player.
So, when going to the left, right-handed players will make a crossover step, not a crossover dribble (which can be stolen by a defender). We watch players carefully to make sure they are using the cross-over step correctly and do not travel.
Guard Shooting Drill #1 - Dribble-Baseline:In diagram A, the first drill is a simple dribble down to the baseline and shoot the mid-range jump shot. Each player gets his/her rebound and goes to the opposite line.
Guard Shooting Drill #2 - Dribble-Baseline, Back-Dribble Out:In diagram B, each player dribbles down to the baseline, then back-dribbles out, cross-over dribbles and dribbles into the seam and shoots the jump-shot. This drill is important because sometimes in a game, players will dribble down to the baseline, stop the dribble, get trapped and lose the ball. This dribble teaches them to back-dribble out from the baseline and still find an open shot in the seam.
Guard Shooting Drill #3 - In the Seam:In diagram C, it's a simple dribble move into the seam with the pull-up jump shot. For right-handed players in the right line, this will be a crossover step.
Guard Shooting Drill #4 - Corner, In the Seam:In diagram D, we start with all players in the corner (use both sides). Again, it's triple-threat position, a shot fake or jab-step, and a dribble into the seam between the corner and wing for a mid-range jump shot (like in diagram B).
Guard Shooting Drill #5 - Wing, V-Cut, Lay-up:In diagram E, we again use both sides, and pass from the point to the wing. The wing makes a V-cut, catches the pass in triple-threat position, makes a shot-fake and dribble-drives for a lay-up.
Guard Shooting Drill #6 - Wing, V-Cut, Jump Shot:In diagram F, use both sides, and pass from the point to the wing. The wing makes a V-cut, catches the pass in triple-threat position, makes a shot-fake and then a one or two-dribble adjust into either the seam or toward the baseline for the mid-range jump-shot.
From Gonzaga coach Mark Few - Individual Development for the Perimeter Player
Guard Shooting Drill #7 - Drive, Kick out to Corner:Diagram H. We like our point guards to dribble-penetrate, and pass out to the corner if defended inside. Here, the point dribble-penetrates, passes out to the corner for the quick shot from the corner.
Guard Shooting Drill #8 - Weave Screen Shooting:Diagram I. This drill helps us execute our weave-screen plays and gets shooters ready to shoot the "3" coming off the screen and hand-off. Use both sides. You can start with the ball at the top (point), as seen in diagram I.
Or, have the ball-handler lines start at the half-court line, and then the ball-handler dribbles to the top and then over toward the wing for the hand-off. Shoot several 3-point shots, and then shoot several one-dribble pull-up jump-shots.
Next, you can do several fake dribble hand-offs with the ball-handler keeping the ball and quickly "turning the corner" and dribble-driving to the hoop. Finally, finish the weave-screen series with the receiver back-cutting for the pass and lay-up (drill #9 below - diagram J).
Guard Shooting Drill #9 - Dribble at, Back-cut:Diagram J. This drill enforces our rule, "if someone is dribbling at you, back-cut" (except in a called weave-screen play). The point dribbles toward the wing. The wing moves out higher, holds a fist up (a signal for a back-cut), and then back-cuts quickly, all the way to the hoop.
The point guard should make the pass early. It's important that whenever a player back-cuts, the back-cut must go all the way to the hoop. In a game, if the cutter stops short and the point guard makes the pass, it's a turnover.
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The complete article also includes:
- Feed Post and Slide to Corner - we don't want our perimeter players standing still after passing into the low post.
- Feed Post and Slide back to Wing - the wing passes into the post, slides to the corner, and moves back to wing with pass to the top.
- Feed Post and Skip-Pass to Opposite Wing - pass into post with skip-pass to opposite wing.
- Feed Post (Post Defender on High Side) and Slide to Corner
- Feed Post (Post Defender on Low Side) and Slide to Corner
- Feed Post (Defender on Either Side) Skip-Pass to Opposite Wing
- Screen and Kick Shooting Drill
See these video drills on You Tube:
Basketball Guard Drills
Basketball Shooting Drills
See this video (courtesy of Tom Nordland):