100 Basketball Training Drills For Players
Do you want to take your game to the next level?
Check out these basketball training drills given to us by proven coaches with years of experience at the high school, Div I college, and NBA level.
We created this page for you, THE PLAYER, so you don't have to search and sort through all of the drills to find what basketball drills will work for you. Many of the basketball drills can be done by yourself, but there are a few that you need a partner to perform the basketball drill.
Coaches, click on Basketball Drills For Coaches for drills that apply to you.
Players, use this menu to jump to the drills you want.
- Shooting Drills
- Offensive Moves
- Lay Ups & Finishing
- Defense & Agility Drills
- Passing Drills
- Dribbling Drills
- Warm Up Drills
- Post Play Drills
- Conditioning Drills
- Training Tips
Running Basketball Drills the Right Way
The first thing to realize is that the great players focus on the little things.
Too many players make the mistake of starting the basketball drill and just running through the motions.
To get better, each basketball drill needs to have a purpose and you really need to focus and work hard to improve.
We urge you to take the time to learn the detailed fundamentals of basketball. And then run the drills to train your body to perform those fundamentals without even thinking about it.
You'll notice that we tried to categorize the drills for you, but many of the drills here are multi-purpose which means they work on other skills as well. A ballhandling drill may include footwork and passing. A shooting drill may include conditioning. The multipurpose format helps to simulate gameplay and is time efficient to get the most out of the skill work.
20 Basketball Shooting Drills
15 Offensive Moves Drills
18 Layup And Finishing Drills
7 Rebounding Drills
15 Agility / Defense Drills
8 Passing Drills
15 Dribbling Drills
12 Post Play Drills
9 Warm Up Drills
9 Conditioning Drills
12 Footwork Drills
Training Tips: Partner Shooting Drills or Shooting By Yourself
If you are training with a partner or by yourself, here are some great ways to organize your shooting drills to maximize efficiency and to make the drills as game-like as possible. That way, you actually shoot better during games instead of just during practice!
You also learn a great way to practice game-like reactions that are random without a defender. Prior to the shot, you donít know what youíre going to do. Just like a game, the repetition changes each time on whether to shoot, attack, or pass.
Partner Shooting - Change Location of Passer
Many players make the mistake of practicing all of their partner shooting drills with one rebounder under the basket who continuously rebounds and throws the pass back out. There is certainly a time and place for this.
However, if you always practice this way, youíre making a big mistake! How many times during the game do you receive passes from many different locations on the floor? Probably a lot.
Instead of having the passer under the basket, you position the passer to different locations on the floor where you typically receive passes during the game. That way, you are practicing shooting from areas that you actually receive passes.
In the following video, NBA trainer Don Kelbick explains how to do this with your shooting drills.
Shooting Drills By Yourself - Spin Outs
If youíre shooting by yourself, many shooting drills can be adapted to work for you.
One simple way is to use spin outs. You would spin the ball out away with backspin. Then you would cut to the ball, turn and face the basket, and shoot.
Here is a video that shows you how.
Using Chairs - For Cuts Where Spin Outs Donít Work
You can also place the ball on a chair prior to each shot to practice cuts where spin outs are too difficult to use and still execute the cut. L-Cuts, fades, and curl cuts would be good examples of this.
Here is how to use chairs to do this.
Using Chairs With a Helper
Chairs can also be good to use if you have somebody to help who is not a very good passer. This can be a friend, sibling, guardian, or anybody. After each shot, they can retrieve the ball and place it back on the chair. That way, you donít have to waste your time rebounding. You can immediately start your next repetition and you can get more shots up.
Important! How To Game-Like Random Shots With No Defenders
Every time you catch the basketball, you have to make choices. However, how often do you do that in your shooting drills!? A lot of players and even coaches neglect this important aspect of shooting drills. This can be part of the reason that some players shoot great during drills but poorly during games! They never train this way!
1v1 shooting drills and other 2v2 and 3v3 drills can easily take care of this. And you should definitely do a lot of this in your training.
However, what do you do if you donít have a defender to compete against? Or maybe you just want to get a lot of shooting repetitions up to develop some rhythm and confidence?
Itís simple. You just need to find somebody who can rebound and display visual cues.
Even if you have defenders available, this can be used as a great progression prior to playing against live defenders.
Coach Chris Oliver shows you how to do this in the following drill. Itís pretty cool!
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