Attack & Counter Post Workout With Don Kelbick

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“Footwork is one of the primary prerequisites to becoming a great player.” – Mike Krzyzewski

Here is a great post workout that Don has used with his professional and NBA clients that improves footwork, shooting, finishing, and mentality.

Included in this workout is:

0:00 - Diagonal Cut/Baby Hook Shot
0:25 - Pinch Post Cut/Rip One Dribble
1:06 - Diagonal Cut/Drop Step Counter
1:40 - Pinch Post/Inside Pivot Jump Shot
2:13 - Pinch Post/Inside Pivot Sweep One Dribble
2:42 - Pinch Post/Inside Pivot Sweep Drop Step Counter
3:32 - Pinch Post/Inside Pivot Sweep Half Turn Front Pivot Counter
4:08 - Duck In/Front Pivot Jump Shot
4:54 - Duck In/Drop Step Counter

Foul shots are taken between each drill.

The Importance of These Progressions and How They Develop More Aggressive and Effective Basketball Players

Also, if you pay close attention, you will notice that these drill progressions are very specific and complement each other. While they are simple and easy to learn, they are profoundly effective and there is a lot of thought that goes behind the progressions.

1st Progression - Think Shot

For example, at 1:40, you begin a pinch post series with a shot.

Don teaches that if you are open and in your shooting range, you shoot the ball… pretty simple, right.

Analytics have proven over and over that open jump shots are one of the most efficient shots in basketball.

Also, if you’re a threat to make shots, this will force the defense to commit even more to the shot, create bigger gaps between defenders which opens up driving lanes.

And this leads to the next progression...

2nd Progression - Think Lay Up

Now if the defense takes away the shot, Don teaches that you think “lay up”. That’s why the next progression at 2:13, he adds a sweep counter, takes 1 dribble, and finishes at the basket.

Once again, one of the most efficient shots in basketball is the lay up. And the fewer dribbles you take, the quicker you can get to the basket to beat the defense. Hence, the 1 dribble to get to the basket.

And even if the help defense slides over to stop you, it creates passing lanes and open shots for your teammates. Creating the same situation for them… open shots and open driving lanes.

This is why coaches love players that can shoot the ball, drive when guarded, and find an open teammate if there is a better scoring opportunity for them.

If you can simply do those 3 things, you will be invaluable to your team.

3rd Progression - Lay Up Counter

At 2:42, you add a drop step counter or what others might call a spin move. This is used if the defense successfully takes away your initial drive.

By having counter finishing moves near the basket, this makes you even more deadly as an offensive player.

This will have another positive effect. If the defense sees that you are very difficult to stop, they may have to send multiple players to help, leaving more players open than before and more defensive players out of position. They basically have to pick their poison. Give you open shots at the rim or give your teammates wide open shots.

How These Teachings and Progressions Leads To More Confidence and More Made Shots… And How It Can Even Make You Immediately Quicker

And by teaching these progressions, it removes uncertainty. If the shot is open, you shoot. If the defense takes away the shot, you drive. If the help defense slides over, you pass.

Removing uncertainty will also lead to more success and create more confidence. And more confidence leads to a higher percentage of shots being made.

By practicing these counters, you play without thinking. And when it becomes instinct, players don’t spend time thinking and taking more time to make a move. You instantly attack and counter.

This is part of the reason so many coaches have success with Don Kelbick’s Attack & Counter System. It’s simple and you see instant results.

The beauty of this teaching approach is that the mentality and progressions apply to every position...point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards, and centers.

Personally, I can work out everybody together. This is any busy coach’s dream.

Don Kelbick also designed all of the workouts in the The Attack & Counter Workout Program. It has workouts for post players, guards, and perimeter players. It has over a 140 pre-designed workouts, 250+ drills, and a custom workout builder.

Related Resources

View Your Workouts On Your Phone At The Gym - The Attack & Counter Workout Program

Attack and Counter Camps, Post Plays Camp, and Shooting Camps


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Coach Christmann says:
8/13/2015 at 7:20:18 AM

I like the attack an counter idea - some great face up moves - what I can not understand, that there are so many travellings in the video - you might get away as a NBA superstar but international level it will always be a travel


Sandra says:
8/6/2015 at 8:19:35 PM

Great resource. Thank you for sharing it. I'm looking forward to introducing these drills


Junior says:
8/6/2015 at 4:00:13 PM

Great resource! I taught my players the same game we
call it FLATBALL! Literally make sure to take the air out
of one ball, to really make it click for those hardcore "dribblers". I actually was surprised it is so similar to
the original rules of early creation of Basketball itself.
( )
Everyone at every level should run this, no explanation required!


Guinness Rider says:
8/6/2015 at 9:41:57 AM

I use these passing games, with modifications, for all my levels - age 5 on up. They are fantastic.

Usually run a practice like this, varies week to week:

Dribbling drill
Shooting drill
10-pass (load with calling for ball, names, touch a baseline)

The progress they show in skills, teamwork, and decision-making, when introduced to these forms of competition and improvement through games, is amazing and a testament to the kids.


VMI04 says:
8/6/2015 at 7:46:07 AM

This is an outstanding video - some really great drills here. I only wish I had seen these earlier this spring while working with my 5th graders! The teaching points are excellent - I especially like the posting drill - I found that so difficult to teach to 5th graders. A drill like this would have really made it much easier.

Thank you so much for posting that - I can't believe it is free!

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Guinness Rider says:
8/6/2015 at 9:43:33 AM

VM look through Manitoba basketball (where Schepp and Mackay are) site and youtube channel. You'll be amazed at the resources, seminars, clinics, training sessions, all free.


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