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Basic Tips to Being a Better Basketball Player

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

When one watches the NBA teams play, he/she compares players and chooses favorites. We want specific teams to play well and win. Watching carefully one will see that all of these players are using basic fundamentals. The players make basketball look so easy the way they float through the air as they go for a dunk-the way they follow through every time after their shot. The professionals can dribble and cut through an entire team and still keep control of the ball. Then too an outstanding basketball player always knows where his teammates are, so they can have pinpoint passes every time. 

Ball Handling

Dribbling is one of the basics. It takes hours and hours of practice to acquire the feel for the ball. As the beginner progresses and develops in this skill, he/she will grow both physically and mentally. One's instincts will become keen to where the ball is at all times, giving you the ability to move the ball faster and more precisely. After many hours of dribbling practice between the legs, behind the back, cross overs, and so forth, you will be able to perform these maneuvers in a moments notice without having to think about it. You never know what the defense will throw at you, so the faster your mind and body react, the easier you will be able to shake your defender. After mastering ball control you will be able to keep the defender wondering where the ball goes time and time again fooling him every step of the way.


The jump-shot is another part of the triple threat on offense (dribbling, shooting, and passing). When a player cannot beat his defender to the hoop, he can pull up and shoot the ball from anywhere. One is only as good a shooter as the time he puts into practicing. This way a less skilled player can dominate a game by how well he shoots, rather than having skill. When shooting one can jump to get as high as possible to get over his opponent for an open shot. Jumping also allows you to use less arm strength and be more balanced. Unlike dunking or lay-ups, where you can be free to make the bucket in your own style, shooting requires the player to be consistent in the style he shoots the ball. When shooting, place the ball on your dominate hand for power and the weak hand on the ball as a sort of guidance. When shooting the power you have that thrusts the ball comes from straightening the arm and then snapping the wrist. Practicing free throws is also key. The jump shot's form is taken from the free throw, so practicing your shot over and over again, will only make your precision more accurate. 

Triple Threat

The last element of the triple threat is passing. Basketball, like most sports is a team game. Your team consists of five players on the court at a time. Getting the ball to a teammate is faster by passing than it is by him running to the ball. Moving without the ball also gets a player into ideal positions for him to beat his defender. Passing is very important because not only does it get the ball to teammates faster, but it also lets them know that you trust them. Making passes crisp and hard is more effective than lobs because lobs gives the defender more time to get to the ball before the offensive player can. Bounce passes are also effective depending on the situation. The best offensive players have the "triple threat" package. He has absolute confidence with his ball handling, a well rounded shot, and offensive awareness. Passing also provides a room for error. If one drives the lane and there is no opening he can kick the ball back out before he gets blocked or causes a turn-over.


The triple threat focuses on only offense, whereas there are three important part of basketball. There is offense, where the player tries to beat his defender to the basket to score. Then there is defense where the player tries to reduce the percentage of the offensive man to score, or just plain steal the ball. Last there is a neutral aspect of the game, and that is rebounding. You rebound on both defense and offense. When rebounding one wants to try and keep his defender away from the hoop so that he can have better position. One does this by boxing out. What I mean by boxing out is that the player tries to get the inside position and keeps the opponent out. Whoever is more conscious and active on the rebounds will most likely win the game.


Last but not least, there is defense. When setting up one wants to be in the "ready" position. This is where ones knees are half bent, straight back, and his feet are shoulder width apart. He should be able to be ready to sprint in any direction In a moments notice. With that said, Defense is an almost impossible task. When guarding his opponent one must keep enough room between him and his opponent so that he can stay in front of him. On the other hand one must guard close enough to be able to tip a jump shot. Being able to know what will able is almost impossible, its all best guesses. However, being able to tell that someone is actually going to shoot or they are faking can be detected. When the opponent picks up his dribble getting in his face and tracing the ball with your hands his the best thing to do, trying to give him as little space as possible to pass or shoot.

     After developing these skills with hours and hours of practice, hard work, and dedication, the professionals have been able to take basketball to new limits. These skills can all be acquired by oneself as well. All that is needed is a ball, a hoop, and some ground, and with time a beginner can become a magician on the court. Basketball is an art that becomes more and more beautiful as the players work together and become more fluent.



Jul 20, 2011 12:24pm
The biggest of these tips would be ball handling. It is required at every position. The better you become at that, the better you become at seeing everything that is going on around the court. And that makes you a really good player.
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