The 3 C's Of Post Play & Why Every Player Needs To Practice Post Play

As Coach Huber said in the video, every player should practice post play. In today's game, you see elite point guards like Russell Westbrook practicing post play.

And many of the great guards throughout time have added post play to their game... Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Gary Payton, Chauncey Billups, and Sam Cassell. These are just a few over the past couple of decades.

Here's why learning post play can be so effective!

1 - There aren't many good post defenders.

Due to less post play, players aren't defending in the post as often during practice and games. Hence, they aren't as skilled in defending post players. So, the chances of you having opportunities to take advantage of weak post defenders are likely.

Post play is also a great way to neutralize those quick, feisty defenders who wreak havoc on the perimeter.

2 - Shots near the basket are the best shot in basketball.

Excluding free throws, shots near the goal or in the restricted area are the most efficient shots in basketball.

Then if the defense collapses to stop shots close to the basket, you pass the ball to somebody who is open. This should be a high percentage shot elsewhere.


3 - You cause more fouls and get more free throws!

Attacking the rim leads to more fouls on the defense. This leads to more free throws.

Now, what do you think happens at the end of the game? Due to the opposition reaching the foul bonus, you spend more of your possessions shooting free throws.

Not to mention, it can also lead to foul trouble on their key players. When you keep the other team's best players off the floor, you win more games.

3 Post Tips Prior To Catching The Ball

1 - Stop at the rim.

When cutting to the opposite side of the lane, you should momentarily stop at the rim. If you pin the defender on your back, this helps you use the rim to protect a shot close to the basket. They can't go through the rim to block your shot.

Make sure to only stop for one to two seconds, so you don't get a violation for three seconds in the lane.

2 - Straddle the hash - not the block.

If you post too low, you can limit your offensive moves in the post. It makes it harder to drive to the baseline. So you lose angles to the basket that make it easier to score.

3 - Leave position to gain possession.

Sometimes, you have to leave your spot to catch the ball. That way, you don't let the defender get an angle to steal or deflect the pass.

The 3 C's Of Post Play That Will Improve Your Scoring Around The Basket

Coach Jim Huber also covers 3 C's of post play that he teaches to his players.

1 - Catch it.

Obviously, it's hard to score if you don't catch the ball. So you need to make sure you go catch the ball prior to looking to score. As mentioned earlier, leave position to gain possession.

2 - Chin it.

Guards will try to dig the ball out. So it helps to chin the ball to keep it away from the defenders trying to swipe at the ball.

3 - Check.

Coach Huber likes to teach check prior to making a move. And he teaches to check middle because most of the defensive action comes from the middle of the floor.

What's Next!

Hopefully, these tips help you gain position to score more points around the basket!

Next, in this little post play series, you're going to learn...

  • 5 Power Post Moves Against Weaker Or Smaller Defenders

  • 4 Quick Post Moves Against Bigger Or Slower Defenders

So, stay tuned for the new articles over the next few days.

Basketball Camps To Improve Post Play & Transform Into An All Around Player

These camps will show you the skills, drills, and mental approach to develop into an all around player.

Elite Guard Camps

Overnight Elite Skills Camps

For youth players, the best place to start is with the Essential Youth Skills & Decision Making Camps.

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Jeff says:
5/15/2018 at 11:05:11 AM

I love this approach and use it all the time when coaching smaller teams. We work our guards in the post a lot because it is rare that they are guarded by a player used to defending down there. Good footwork and patience can create a lot of opportunities at the rim or for other players.


Shawn says:
5/10/2018 at 8:07:07 PM

Great advice from a great coach/instructor/motivator!
Can’t wait for the future articles.


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