How to Play Better Basketball

By Paul Giacomelli
Basketball is a great game and can be enjoyed at many levels and well into old age. It is more interesting and rewarding if you are constantly improving. If you want to learn how to play better basketball, no matter what your current skill level, follow these steps:

Step #1 - Do a self-assessment of your current skills and knowledge.

There are several things to consider; such as dribbling, passing, shooting, screening, cutting, pivoting, rebounding, offensive tactics, defensive tactics, and mental habits. These can be broken down more specifically, too.

  • For instance, can you dribble well with either hand, or are you one-handed?
  • What kinds of passes have you mastered? Again, can you pass equally well with either hand?
  • What shots have you learned? What about range? Can you shoot equally well from any spot on the floor, or do you have problem areas?
Some of these things are more basic, more fundamental, than others, and you should have to have the basics down before you move on to other areas. For instance, dribbling with either hand without looking at the ball, pivoting without traveling, throwing a two-handed chest pass, and shooting a simple jump shot are more fundamental than screening or complicated defensive tactics.

Step #2 - Pick out a couple of developmental areas to focus on.

Pick the areas that will give you the best return on effort. If you're already a decent passer, but you can't shoot a lay-in with your off-hand, then focus on your off-hand lay-in before working on behind-the-back passes. You will make better progress if you work on a few specific areas at a time. Trying to improve everything all at once will be overwhelming.

Actually, your coach is an excellent resource to help you select areas that will be of most benefit to you and your team. Ask your coach for specific suggestions about which skills to work on.

Step #3 - Find expert guidance materials for your developmental goals.

On the internet, you will be able to find all the information you need to begin working on your developmental targets. Our website is devoted to basketball and provides great suggestions and resources for working on your goals. Be sure to investigate the many excellent sub-sections to gain a complete understanding of what we have to offer.

Step #4 - Establish a practice schedule and stick to it.

This is where the rubber hits the road. If you want to improve, then you need to commit the time and effort. Start with a commitment that you can live up to. Steady practice over time works better than occasional bursts.

With a little organized effort, you will find it easy and rewarding to commit to constant improvement in the great game of basketball. Take advantage of the expert advice and great products available one this website...

Here are two sections that would be especially useful for learning how to play better basketball. Start your improvement process by visiting these informative links!

1) A Free Player Report written by an NBA Player Development coach:

2) A Fundamentals section:


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Jeff says:
6/12/2020 at 2:14:32 PM

Excellent,you have doubled my interest in basketball


John says:
12/1/2015 at 11:12:10 PM

This helped, on a cape of 1 to 10, 3.141592653589


shevaun donaldson says:
7/11/2008 at 6:49:19 PM



shevaun donaldson says:
7/11/2008 at 6:48:45 PM

great article this will increase my workethic thank you!


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