Low Post Chair Pivots
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This is a very versatile drill that allows you to work on positioning, footwork and shot making. Particular attention should be paid to body positioning and pivots. The body should be low and strong through the entire move. Pivots should be made in a direct line to the front of the rim.


  1. Place a chair on both sides of the foul lane, in the low post position, about 4 feet outside side the lane lines.
  2. Place a ball on each chair.
  3. Player starts under the basket.
  1. Player cuts to right chair. He jumpstops and picks up the ball, placing it in shooting position.
  2. Player then pivots and executes offensive move.
  1. Player cuts to 2nd chair and repeats the same move on the other side.

Rebounder gets ball and replaces it on the chair. If there is no rebounder, player should rebound his own shot, cut to 2nd chair and touch the ball to the seat of the chair (to make sure he gets low) and continues.

Drill can be run for a number of attempts, makes or for time.

Examples of Shot Series Practiced:

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tjk10 says:
10/14/2012 at 10:16:22 PM

very helpfull thanks alot

hope that it works in my game


Emmitt A. Dorsey says:
2/2/2011 at 12:38:56 PM

just fell into the site and I like it.


Shane says:
10/31/2010 at 12:48:48 AM

Hey great video section, it would be great to have all the descriptions shown in video format. Keep up the great work and a big thankyou for providing the resource.


L C says:
1/4/2010 at 9:30:29 PM

Love the useful drills, my kids are young, and when they get to the next level they'll be ready!


Ivan Nieves Sanchez says:
10/8/2009 at 9:47:18 AM

Hi, Don, love your drills. Well see you soon.


Nathan says:
2/4/2009 at 1:40:48 AM

Thanks for your help and the website. I'm in college and just trying to work on my game. I'm about 6'4" and usually play in the post. I've found that your videos really help me get a sense for the drills you guys are writing about. If you have anymore that you think are helpful please let me know.


LEX says:
5/15/2008 at 8:32:36 PM

Thanks a lot Don. this special ideas really helps in my game.


Bill says:
3/12/2008 at 11:07:52 AM

Thanks Don. They are in fact one and the same. It is so great to have such expert help.
I like the idea of no fake...move to attack and be ready to counter. For that same reason I have stopped teaching the jab as a fake. Thanks


Don Kelbick says:
2/29/2008 at 10:51:05 AM


We all have our own names for the things we do. That is why the first section in most playbooks in terminology.

For that reason I will not give you an unqualified "yes" on the reverse pivot, yours might be different than mine. But, I will give you a description (I am working on video) and let me know if it is better.

With your back to the basket, using your left foot as the pivot foot, move your right foot and swing it back toward the basket, in an arc, until your feet are in shooting position and you are turned and squarely facing the basket. If you can't visualize it, try to do it. Essentially you are turning 180 degrees by stepping back. I hope that is clear. If not, let me know.

In terms of the dropstep, I don't believe in fakes. If you like to dropstep, do it and attack your defense. If the defense has your dropstep played, "counter" with an inside pivot. The two pivots will create space for you to face up. However, if you think of the dropstem as a "fake" you will not be prepared to take advantage if the defense does not play it.

Don Kelbick
Contributing Editor BreakthroughBasketball.com


Bill says:
2/26/2008 at 9:32:17 AM

Love your site. One of the best I have found.
2 questions:
1. Is the term "inside pivot" the same footwrk as a "reverse pivot"?
2. I am perplexed by the dropstep in the 3-6 post moves. Do you drop step as a fake and then pull it back into an inside pivot? If you could clarify the pivot foot used on the left block it would be helpful. Thanks


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