How To Become The Best Player On Your Team
What makes Lebron the best basketball player in the world? Is it his size? Is it his strength or speed? Simply put, It's his ability to dominate both sides of the ball with a plethora of offensive moves playing at any position on the court. Ya, you can argue that Stephen Curry, or even Kevin Durant are the best, however, none of them possess the size, strength, speed and athleticism of Lebron. Just like Magic Johnson back in the day, Lebron James excels in all facets of the game and is also 6'8'' however he is much heavier and stronger than Magic ever was weighing in at 280lbs.
Lebron James is also known for his mental and physical preparation. You can't just go to bed and wake up being 280lbs of solid muscle, you must work for it. One of the key components that separates Lebron from the rest is his uncanny ability to work on his weaknesses and do whatever it takes to improve his game. If you have been following him for a while, you know that when he first came in the league his shot wasn't as developed as it is now. He understood that he was lacking in that area and worked religiously to improve his shot.
We are going to go through some offensive and defensive drills that will help you become a better basketball player up top and even down low. If you want to take your game to the next level then you must learn to effectively execute all these moves.
Tim Hardaway Cross Elbow Jumper
Start off with a simple dribble and hit the first cone with a between the legs and right or left quick Tim Hardaway crossover dribble (depending on what side you're on). As soon as you hit the corner you can either take another dribble or step into your shot directly. Make sure you do 10 reps for each side.
Behind The Back Cross
This drill will allow you to protect the ball even more by tossing it behind your back away from the defender as your moving to the elbow. Notice how he takes a quick dribble before he shoots it and you can too or just go straight into your shot. Go with what is most comfortable for you. The key is repetition. One thing I like about the behind the back dribble is that you can control how wide or narrow you go.
Cross Step Back
The step back is a great move to create separation between you and the defender. With this move, you are going to do a quick through the legs and crossover dribble and when you get to the corner, quickly do a step back and jump shot.
The pivot will allow you to have one foot on the ground at all times and have the other foot available to move around and perform a variety of moves. The two types of pivots are the forward and reverse (which is actually a drop step). Out of the pivot, you can fake a jump shot, or jab step one way and head in the opposite direction. This is a drill that needs to be practiced 3-5 times per week to become proficient.
Pivot Step Back
With this move, we are going to pivot right, left, right then a quick jab step and step back. The pivot gives you multiple options to attack the basket or shoot a jumper. Another counter move you can do if you don't think you have enough separation is the hesitation right after your step back. Take a look at the basketball training page for more detail on the hesitation move.
The Defensive Shuffle
When you're playing basketball you must be able to play defense and defend your opponent. It's not all just about offense and scoring, you need to stop the other team from scoring. This drill will help you with shuffling your feet in each direction that your opponent is trying to go. The key here is to have a good base with arms out.
The Power Drop Step
Developing down low post moves will make your game even more deadly. The power drop step move is great for attacking the basket strong for when you're down low. With this move, you want to make sure you bounce the ball with both hands as hard as you can and go up strong.
Square Up To The Basket
When shooting the ball, your power comes directly from your legs and is released by your wrist. Your whole body must be square to the basket with your feet pointed directly at the rim. You don't want to shoot with your feet out to the side because it will reduce your accuracy and power.
One of the most important components of being a good shooter is the follow through. A lot of people always seem to talk about having "shooters touch," well this is really what it is. You want your off hand to be relaxed and your shooting hand to be centered on the ball and released at the highest point.
Your off hand is there just to help position the ball for your shot. You should not be gripping or put any pressure on the ball with your off hand. You want to have your off hand always be at a 90-degree angle and have your shooting hand fully extended.
This is a good drill to help with your follow through. You want to do 50 reps of this and focus on the consistency of your form. Remember your power comes from your legs and goes up to your wrist.