Having trouble getting the ball in the hoop? Do you know you're better than what the stat sheet  says at the end of the game? If the answer is yes, then you're not alone. There are many players that don't score like they would like to. There could be several reasons why you don't score points. The main reason is that you have poor offensive skills which is not the end of the world. Another reason is you might be on a team where you are just not getting the touches or minutes. Nevertheless,  there are ways to score and I will share it with you in this 3 part article. Lets first discuss some basic mathematical philosophies that will set up the base for more scoring.

Philosophy 1: The closer you are to the basket the higher the percentage of making it. It's true. Try it out!Philosophy SymbolCredit: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=philosophy+symbol&start=143&num=10&hl=en&biw=2025&bih=892&tbm=isch&tbnid=2SzygePmjeNEqM:&imgrefurl=http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mhYhODI/Yin%2BYang%2Bsymbol%2B4&docid=CZ_VCuWRaIFQhM&imgurl=http://a.rgbimg.com/cache1nGiIe/use

Philosophy 2: The more minutes you play the more opportunities you'll have to score. No one has ever scored from the bench. Stay on the court!

Philosophy 3: Scoring through other stats. It's proven that if you increase your steals, offensive rebounds, blocks, assists you'll score more points. So work on those skills too.

Keep these in mind while you practice and prepare for a game.

Just for the record

     It's that point per game (PPG) stat that everyone seems to look at first to decide if a player had a great game or not. If you're around teammates or people who only talk about scoring, get away from them. Points are not the final measure of whether you had a great performance or not. I wanted to be clear on that before I get into the other ways you can score. Rebounds, steals, blocks, and assists are needed for victory just like points are. These stats will keep you on the court and increase your touches.

Lets Get To Work

     Before we get going let's analyze you. There are certain aspects of you that might need some work to increase points on the stat sheet. First, is being athletic.You don't necessarily need Lebron James athleticism but it does help so, work at it. Secondly, you have to keep working on all aspects of  your offensive skills but you can still score if you're not there yet. Third, confidence and a positive attitude are absolutely necessary to be a scorer. Think like a scorer.

     No matter where you are on these categories these are the areas you need to work on everyday. When you think you've excelled in one area remember this there is always another level you can take it too. Also be realistic about yourself if you've never shot the ball before don't expect  to score 20 points. "Dont worry about other athletes, instead worry about how you can give the best that you can." John Wooden, Legendary UCLA Basketball Coach.

 Scoring Method Number One

     Running feeds the points. Probably the most underestimated skill on the court. I never hear of basketball players working on their running. Why? Have you ever seen, "Miracle On Ice" by Disney, where Kurt Russell plays the coach for the 1980 USA Hockey Team? One of his lines to the team is, "The legs feed the wolf." This holds true in basketball too. Learn how to "basketball run", I just made that term up. Again, running will feed the points. Here is how running will help you score.

     When your team has secured a rebound on the defensive end of the court instantly run to your basket in a straight line and be the first one there then ask for the ball. If you can beat everyone down the court and get the ball underneath your basket you'll have the opportunity for a quick 2 point layup. In other words, beat your opponents to the spot by running smart. To run smart you'll need to incorporate straight lines and triangles too shortened the distances between point A and B. Most teams or basketball players aren't in good enough shape to keep up with a mad man who runs the court with purpose. You'll also need determination and have a no quit attitude. Sounds simple doesn't it. Well, it isn't. It's a simple method on paper but hard to execute all the time. 

     Many of the great NBA scorers added 2-6 points per game on this method alone. Here is a professional player who made a Dennis Rodman 5 time NBA Champion with 0 Offensive SkillsCredit: http://www.google.com/imgres?q=Dennis+Rodman&start=164&num=10&hl=en&biw=2025&bih=892&addh=36&tbm=isch&tbnid=oAXz34y6QuSchM:&imgrefurl=http://www.angrytrey.com/2011/02/pistons-to-retire-dennis-rodmans-number.html&docid=jwaGL5kIf_Lu0M&imgurl=http://1.bp.bloliving off this method and had very poor offensive skills. Dennis Rodman. Remember that guy? He won 5 NBA Championships and led the league in rebounds for 7 straight years. Well, he averaged a decent amount of points for someone who didn't have an ounce of offensive skill. How? He ran hard and smart. Notice I'm not mentioning Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, or Kobe Bryant. These guys moved great without the ball but the difference between them and Dennis is that they always got the ball. Guys work on "running smart" and the points will come.

Check out part 2 for more methods.