If You Say These Drills Are Too Easy -
You Are Making A Huge Mistake

While reading some reviews for different basketball camps, I noticed some reviews that said the drills were too hard. However, I also noticed a few reviews this summer that said "Some of the drills were too easy."

If you think this or say this at times, I don't blame you.

On YouTube, you always see trainers flipping around 10 basketballs, jumping over 4 feet hurdles, diving under obstacles, while chucking two medicine balls off the backboard before shooting a lay up.

Come on... that stuff is hard.

Working on block to wing cut, pivoting, and shooting... I mean that's easy... That's elementary stuff.... Right?

WRONG!!! If you enter this line of thinking, you can ruin your basketball career or any other sporting career.

You know why... because that same drill you just called easy.... That's the same drill Don Kelbick just used with Joe Johnson (Olympic Gold Medalist) and JJ Barea (NBA Player one of the few below 6'0).

If you look on YouTube, it's the same stuff that you'll see LeBron, KD, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, and all of the other great players in the league work on.

You don't see them working on "flashy" drill. You see them working on the fundamental drills because that is what makes you better.

So by saying "These drills are too easy"...

You're telling me that the drills that NBA players work on... are too easy for you?

That's why if you don't change your mind set about drills being too easy, you will fail.

But let me explain in more detail exactly what I'm talking about. I want you to understand the reasoning.

The Trainer Who Worked With Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade "Master The Fundamentals!"

Listen to what Tim Grover has to say about NBA guys doing the simple things very well. I mean he probably has a little room to talk... right? He only trained Michael Jordan, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen, and numerous other All Stars.

  • Getting better is not about the drill.

  • Getting better is about working at the things that will give you the biggest return for your investment.

  • Getting better is about doing the little things extremely well.

  • Getting better is about getting outside your comfort zone and challenging yourself...

This is often accomplished in the "simple" drills. That's what the best in the world do!

A Challenge For You Watch The Pros!

I challenge you to watch the pros and tell me how they score. The good players.

I guarantee this is what you will see most of the time...

  1. They know how to get open.

  2. They catch within their scoring range and they're ready to shoot.

  3. Shot is not open. They take 1 dribble for a lay up or jump shot.

  4. Shot is not open. They take 1 dribble. Defender cuts them off. They make a dribble move and shoot a lay up or jump shot. 2 dribbles mostly. Rarely more than 3 dribbles.

  5. If a better scoring opportunity presents itself for a teammate at any time during the sequence, they immediately pass the ball.

To work on these things, you only need simple drills.

Why you could work out a 3rd grader and a NBA player in the same workout? And the NBA player could get more from it...

If you watch NBA workouts, you will literally think. That's stuff I used to do as a 3rd grader.

However, you could take a simple drill where a player cuts from the block to the wing, pivots, and shoots.

The only difference that you will notice is that the NBA player does everything better. Let me explain...

  • The change of direction on the cut is much quicker.

    The speed at which the NBA player cuts is much faster. Being quicker and faster on the cut enables you to create more separation from the defense. Separation is needed to have an advantage.

  • The footwork to face the basket is much quicker to the basket.

    It only takes them a split second to face the goal. They are balanced. Their footwork and foot position is the same every time which gives them rhythm and consistency which leads to a higher shooting percentage.

    Now since you do this cut and face the basket as quickly as possible with the same rhythm and consistency, you will have more open shots. You will make more shots.

    Now the defense has to take away your shot, so they fly at you. This gives you a huge advantage to drive by them and create better scoring opportunities for yourself and your team.

  • The intensity is much higher.

    You'll also notice that the NBA player will start to go outside their comfort zone after a few reps. First, they get their rhythm. Then they ramp up the intensity and go faster than they're accustomed to.

    They make the uncomfortable comfortable. That's how you get better.

Now you take a 3rd grader and they go half speed or aren't focused, who is getting more from the drill?

Do you see what I'm talking about?

So it's not about the drill. It's about the execution of the fundamentals and the intensity in which the drill is done.

You take "simple" or "easy" drills and amp things up. You do everything better. That's what the great players do!

That's why a NBA player could go to a camp for 3rd graders and still get better.

How The Best High School Players Earn Scholarships

Over the last few years, I've also been fortunate to work with quite a few players who have gone on to successful college careers or are going on to college basketball.

The ones who play for their high school teams. The ones that earn college scholarships.

They take the "easy" drill, ramp up the intensity, and challenge themselves.

I worked with a player for 3 offseasons before his senior season. I don't think I can name him due to NCAA regulations.

We worked on "easy" drills. But we worked extremely hard at the easy drills.

We did a simple progression for most of the drills. This progression is from Don Kelbick's Attack and Counter Skill Development System

  1. Game Cut - Shot
  2. Game Cut Counter 1 Dribble Lay Up
  3. Game Cut Counter 1 Dribble Shot
  4. Game Cut Counter Dribble Move Lay Up
  5. Game Cut Counter Dribble Move Jump Shot

Well, he went from a good high school player to a great high school player.

He won the state championship at the highest class in his state. That same year, he also won Gatorade Player of the Year.

Don't get me wrong. The kid was good before I started working with him and he had some other great mentors guiding him. But he didn't do anything fancy.

We didn't even work on progression 4 & 5 until he became great at 1, 2, & 3.

Don't Suck Be Great

I hope this doesn't come off the wrong way because I want what's best for you...

But if you continue to think or say, "This drill is too easy." You will suck.

I've trained enough players who've gone onto the college level. I've seen Don Kelbick train enough players in the NBA. I know what works.

So go out there and work on the "easy things", but apply so much intensity to the drill that it becomes hard.

Challenge yourself to make your footwork quicker.

Challenge yourself to shoot quicker.

Challenge yourself to explode faster to the basket with as few dribbles as possible.

Challenge yourself to pull up on a dime for your jumper.

If you change your mindset and do these things, you will become much better. You will exceed expectations. You will be successful.

Now it's up to you...

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Mchael Ray says:
8/16/2014 at 3:29:05 PM

wow...this is so true and I am highly impressed and greatful by your teachings.i wish u guys could come to Nigeria to hold camps


Coach Tabb says:
8/7/2014 at 4:40:42 PM

I agree 100%. How many of the high difficulty
drills do you see in games? It's the fundamentals executed at a high degree of precision that makes you a better player. Perfect practice makes a perfect execution.
Great, to the point article.
Thank you.


John Raff says:
8/7/2014 at 9:13:26 AM

Excellent article. Our job as coaches is to teach the underlying fundamentals that support these "simple" drills. Basket cuts are not fundamentals, but the way a player executes a basket cut IS the fundamental. Consequently, whenever a player makes a basket cut (in a drill or live action) we can easily and efficiently correct the way she/he performed a basket cut. Well done.


P. Riggle says:
8/7/2014 at 9:01:49 AM

Great post- I have had many players that I have coached come back with "this drill is too easy". I ask them if they are going full speed or greater (= outside their comfort zone) and can they do the drill as well with their non-dominant hand. The answer is no. Also, the most driven players that want to get better never make this comment but are self-driven to automatically push past their comfort zone. Also, because most drills can be set up as competitions with others or yourself, players should always drive to get better (i.e., did you make more today than yesterday, did you have less turnonvers/loss of control, were your eyes always up, etc.)


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