Be A Triple Threat

Triple Threat: you’ve heard the expression and understand it means facing the basket in a position to shoot, pass or dribble, but how often do you us it in a game? Players often catch the ball, thinking shot, but don’t orient themselves to get one. Too often players catch a pass and don’t even look at the basket before passing the ball to a teammate that has a lot less advantageous shot. Triple Threat is about offense: Use It!

There are two parts to the Triple Threat. Catching the ball and pivoting toward the basket. If you are 6’8″ and 230, the average height and weight of an NBA player, you can pick a spot and use your body to hold your position. Most players should get to their desired spot and step in to the pass as it comes to them, pivoting immediately into the Triple Threat. Square to the basket when you pivot and take the jump shot before the defense can react. you’ll be surprised how many defensive players don’t step out with you or raise their hands as you score.

But there is more to the Triple Threat than you realize.

2. If the defender steps towards you, step past them with a power dribble into a jump shot
3. If the defender is close enough to touch you, step across and pin the outside of their foot and power dribble into a jump shot
4. When you pivot, step out/back and take the jump shot
5. Pivot into a hook shot (OK, hook shots are out of fashion because no one can do them as efficiently or elegantly as Kareem Abdul Jabar or Wilt Chamberlain before him, but they are an almost unstoppable shot and with practice you can add the hook shot to your offensive arsenal)
6. Step back through the pivot, sweeping the ball and your arms past the defender, creating space, and take the jump shot
7. Step back through the pivot, sweeping the ball and your arms past the defender and power dribble past the defender into a jump shot
8. Step back through the pivot, sweeping the ball and your arms past the defender, step across and pin the outside of the defender’s foot and power dribble into a jump shot

Including the initial jump shot, that’s 8 shots from the triple threat position. Master these and you will truly be a triple threat!

Do all 8 moves in sequence from the foul line, the right and left elbows, two steps out from the elbows towards the corners and two steps out and up from the box. That’s 7 spots. Score on each move/shot before you go on to the next. That’s 8 shots X 7 spots for 42 shots. If you shot 50% you will take 84 shots. Go through the series three times. That’s 252 shots. Do this series without stopping. Keep your percentages from each spot in a log.

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