This drill helps you get to the rim faster and with fewer dribbles. And this puts more pressure on the defense.
You beat your on ball defender more easily. Help defense has to rotate quicker. And they have to move faster. This increases the chance of them being out of position.
This leads to more lay ups for you, more fouls on the defense, and more assists for you.
Check out the video clip with Don Kelbick from the Attack & Counter Skill Development System.
Sprint to the chair.
Pick the ball and execute footwork move. (Examples: drop steps and step throughs.)
Then extend to the basket in one dribble.
Your first repetition starts on the three-point line.
Then after each repetition, you move the chair backwards. Typically, you stop around half court.
Make sure to switch sides to the drill with both hands.
Training Tips For The Drill:
Long and straight - As Don mentions in the video, great players like LeBron James go straight and long to the basket. When you move in a straight line and with length, this helps you get to the rim faster. Also, if you watch 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook, you noticed that he perfected this as well.
Ball leaves your hand before your pivot foot leaves the ground - If you pick up your pivot foot before the ball leaves your hand, this is a traveling violation.
Push the ball out - You want to extend the ball out towards the basket. Don't put it down by your feet. This enables you to reach the basket in one dribble, even from half court.
As Don says in the video, "You are right all of the time when you think that you can't." And "When you think you can't, you won't."
You need to attack the drill with no fear of failure. It doesn't matter if you make a mistake. With repetitions, you will get better and better. In fact, if you've never done this drill before, things are most likely to be sloppy at first.
Additionally, once you have done a few repetitions from half court, go back to the 3-point line and do the drill. It probably feels quite easy for you. So now getting to the basket within your half court offense is no problem! That's because there is a mental overload principle involved with this drill as well.
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