Kevin Durant Scoring Workout by Tim Springer

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Tim Springer is an elite basketball trainer/coach in the San Antonio area (see bio below). Coach Springer presents these scoring drills used by Kevin Durant - NBA All-Star and Rookie of the Year, and former College Player of the Year.

Kevin Durant

In the video below, Tim Springer shares a great move popularized by Kevin Durant.

Attack Help Defender

Diagram A. KD receives a lot of ball any good scorer should. He likes to take advantage of help defender by using his length to attack them.
Drill: Set up screen and attack chair (#) to score 15 times in help attack, runner in the lane, and pull up jump shot at the nail. Do to both sides.

basketball guard drill - Attack Help Defender

Freeze Pull Ups

Diagram B. Durant will give multiple crossovers stationary to set up the defender. He then transitions to a quick between the legs move that sells the go but pulls up into jump shot (freeze pull up). Durant uses two steps out of the between the legs move to sell the go.
Drill: Use 3 change of directions stationary into a quick between the legs and freeze pull-up. Make 15 going towards the baseline and 15 towards the elbow on both sides of the court.

basketball guard drill - Freeze Pull Ups

Hesitation on Drive to Attack

Diagram C. KD's ball handling abilities allow him to attack defenders frequently. After beating the initial defender KD will hesitate at the free throw line to assess the help defenders reactions. From there he will either attack the basket, shoot a runner in the lane or make a pull up jump shot.
Drill. Attack cone with a change of direction and get to the free throw line with explosiveness. Hesitate and make 15 lay-ups, runners and jump shots. Do on both sides of the court.

basketball guard drill - Hesitation on Drive to Attack

Pick and Pop

Diagram D. Oklahoma uses a great play to get KD the ball while opening up the ball handler. KD screens the ball with a sideline and pops to the wing. His shooting range gives him the option to catch and shoot or drive to the basket.
Drill: Screen the chair (#), and pop for 15 makes with catch and shoot. Also make 15 one dribble jump shots with same drill. Do on both sides of the court.

basketball guard drill - Pick and Pop

Dribble Drag to Crossover

Diagram E. Durant's ability to change directions quickly is one of the best in the league. He sometimes likes to take a couple of dribble drags towards the top of the key. As soon as he gets a shift from the defender he quickly crosses back over and drives the baseline.
Drill: Use same move to make 20 makes with runners on both sides of the court.

basketball guard drill - Dribble Drag to Crossover

Post Up (Mid Post)

Diagram F. By taking advantage of his 6'9" frame KD will post up smaller defenders near the mid post. This makes him dangerous because he now can use a post game but is far away enough to square up and attack.

Most common moves:
  • Pound dribble to help line for turn around jump shot
  • Drop spin to baseline to attack rim
  • One dribble towards help line and then quick spin back to baseline
  • Reverse pivot to sweep and attack baseline

basketball guard drill - Post Up (Mid Post)

Drill: Post up in mid post area and make 25 with all scoring moves. Do on both sides of the court.

Catch and Shoot

Diagram G. With Kevin being a great shooter, it only makes sense to have him catch and shoot off of down screens.
Drill: Make 25 with catch and shoot and 25 with the counter.


Diagram H. When the defense over plays the down screen, KD will back-door cut for the alley oop.

basketball guard drill - Catch and Shoot basketball guard drill - Counter

Cross Screen to Pick & Roll

Diagram I. KD receives a screen, flashing from the opposite block to catch on the wing. From there he receives a ball screen.
Drill: Go through the play to make 25 jump shots from the nail.

basketball guard drill - Cross Screen to Pick & Roll

Early Offense Duck In

Diagram J. To create quick offense, KD will duck in to the help line early in offense for a quick turn around and score.
Drill: Make 25 from duck in position diving to the paint from both sides of the court.

basketball guard drill - Early Offense Duck In

Training Coach Tim Springer

Coach Tim Springer is the founder of Spartan Basketball in the San Antonio area. Coach Springer has trained over 500 players and coaches in the San Antonio Basketball Community.

His program features:
  • Premier Basketball Camps (San Antonio and surrounding areas)
  • High Intensity Skills Clinics
  • Private Lessons for Basketball Players of All Ages (San Antonio and surrounding areas)
  • Training for Club and School Season Tryouts
  • San Antonio Coaches Clinics
  • Clinics at the AT & T Center - same court as the San Antonio Spurs and San Antonio Silver Stars play on!
  • Spartan Character Classes - teaching goal setting, planning workouts, and overall character development