Coaches Love This Surprising 19% NBA Study. It Also Reveals The Secret Behind Klay Thompson’s 60 Point Explosion.

This article helps you organize drills, practices, and workouts in the most efficient way possible. As a result, your players improve faster and have more success in games.

It also simplifies your organization and reduces the amount of time you spend planning practices.

You also get plenty of great NBA stats that help you convince your players to focus on the right skills and drills. And we show how these principles and stats apply to Klay Thompson’s 60 points night.

The Pareto Principle And How It Will Help You Develop Better Players

The more you study Don Kelbick’s Attack & Counter Skill Development System, the more you realize that it is perfectly aligned with the Pareto Principle.

What is the Pareto Principle...

It is also known as the 80–20 rule, and the law of the vital few and trivial many. It states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

If this is true, you better spend as much time as possible focusing on the 20% (the vital few).

Well, this system does this for you. It focuses on the most important things that happen over and over and over.

How The Attack & Counter System Applies The Pareto Principle

As previously mentioned in this education series, Don Kelbick’s Attack & Counter Skill Development System simplifies the footwork, accelerates the development of basketball moves and skills, speeds up decision-making, and improves confidence and aggressiveness. (In case you missed the other articles, we discussed these things in detail in here, here, here, here, and here.)

In addition to all of that… Don makes you more efficient and effective with your drills, practices, and workouts. He does this by focusing on the most important things.

Here is a sample of Don’s drill or workout progressions. Depending on your situation, you can use some of the progressions or all of them in a workout.

Corner To Wing Cut - Catch and Shoot
Corner To Wing Cut - 1 Dribble - Lay Up
Corner To Wing Cut - 1 Dribble - Jump Shot
Corner To Wing Cut - 2 Dribbles (Dribble Move) - Lay Up
Corner To Wing Cut - 2 Dribbles (Dribble Move) - Jump Shot

You can replace the corner to wing cut with any cut that occurs during a game; wing to corner, block to perimeter, half court to wing, etc.

But how does this apply the Pareto Principle? How is this effective? This NBA Study shows how...

An NBA study from showed that only 19% of shots came after three or more dribbles… That means the majority of shots come with two or fewer dribbles.

Don’s workouts focus on the things that happen the most during a game… shots with 2 or fewer dribbles… That’s the Pareto Principle.

Additionally… look at the points per 100 possessions based on dribbles!

Zero Dribbles - 105.7 Points
One Dribble - 96.7 Points
Two Dribbles - 102.6 Points
Three+ Dribbles - 93.4 Points

So not only does Don’s workouts align perfectly with the Pareto Principle by focusing on things that happen most often...

They also steer players towards building playing habits that are the most effective and will lead to the most success… shots with 2 or fewer dribbles.

Klay Thompson Scores 60 Points On 11 Dribbles

On December 5th, 2016, a blessing came from the basketball Gods! Klay Thompson scored 60 points on just 11 dribbles.

For all of us coaches preaching and preaching to our players to stop dribbling so much and to practice what’s important… this truly was a win for us.

And it aligns perfectly with the ideas and stats above.

Additionally, Thompson only held the ball for 1.5 seconds on each touch. From the previous articles, that probably sounds really similar to the Attack & Counter principles of Mapping and Attack Immediately.

If you’re serious about improving your team’s or your child’s skills, check out the Attack & Counter Player Development System.

We also have a 100% money-back guarantee. That way, we take all of the risk and there is no pressure on you.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Lucas W. says:
3/31/2018 at 10:36:59 AM

I love this post as I appreciate data and research to support claims. Although, I was quite confused with the presentation of data. Thanks for the link to as I was able to check it out further, so if anyone else was confused the points per possession is per 100 possessions. And the # of dribbles is in reference to the last player to touch the ball in the possession.

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Mike says:
4/2/2017 at 7:05:36 PM

Very nice. I know if there is anything to get my high school girls team to quit dribbling much, but maybe if it comes from someone else they would believe it.

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Mjjm says:
4/13/2017 at 12:28:09 PM

3 dribbles per catch during most drills/scrimmaging during practice helped with this problem


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