FAST BREAK ATTACKS FOR SHOOTERS

Classic fast break basketball means centering the ball and attacking to the foul line, filling the wings and passing to a cutter for a dunk or high percentage layup. In the NBA, everyone loves the 3 so a kick out pass when there clearly isn’t a dunk available has become the option to the layup. In college basketball, Duke popularized the kick out pass to the corner based on a team philosophy that they are going to take and make more 3’s than their opponents and even though this may not be a higher percentage shot they will win games. To support that philosophy, Duke recruits the best high school shooters and clearly their philosophy has had success. However, players, especially on the high school/AAU level are not going to finish fast breaks with thunder dunks or rainbow 3’s so in practice it is important to emphasize good choice, high percentage shooting. The following Shooter Drills emphasize getting a midrange or better shot on every fast break. They also sharpen half court skills and should be practiced regularly

FAST BREAK ATTACKS FOR SHOOTERS

  • From 2-3 steps above the key, attack the foul line and pull up for a jump shot. Start the dribble with the left hand and end with a power dribble for 10 finishes. Repeat with the right hand.
  • From 2-3 steps above the key, with the left hand attack to the foul line, push to just outside the left foul lane, pull up, square up and take a jump shot.
  • From 2-3 steps above the key, with the right hand attack to the foul line, push to just outside the right foul lane, pull up, square up and take a jump shot.
  • From 2-3 steps above the key, with the left hand attack to the foul line, cross to just outside the right foul lane, pull up, square up and take a jump shot.
  • From 2-3 steps above the key, with the right hand attack to the foul line, cross to just outside the left foul lane, pull up, square up and take a jump shot.
  • From 5-6 steps above the left elbow, with the right (outside) hand, attack to the right elbow, square up and take a jump shot.
  • From 5-6 steps above the right elbow, with the left (outside) hand, attack to the left elbow, square up and take a jump shot.
  • From 5-6 steps above the left elbow, with the left hand, attack and cross at the elbow to just outside the right foul lane, pull up, square up and take a jump shot. Do not fake or hesitate. Stay low and smoothly transition from one hand to the other.
  • From 5-6 steps above the right elbow, with the right hand, attack and cross at the elbow dribble to just outside the left foul lane, pull up, square up and take a jump shot. Do not fake or hesitate. Stay low and smoothly transition from one hand to the other.

1 set of each drill is 10 made shots. That’s 100 made shots. If you are shooting 50%, that’s 200 shots.

EXTRA: Repeat the cross drills by going behind your back and/or through your legs 5 reps each. That’s another 20 baskets or 40 shots at a 50% rate. It is very important you work on your technique here. Do not lose forward momentum by faking, dribbling too high or wide

BONUS: Make 5 foul shots after every set. That will add 50-100 shots to your shooting practice depending on your free throw percentage. As you get better your shooting percentage will go up. How good you get depends on how hard you work!

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  1. Reblogged this on NY S.U.B.O.A. and commented:

    Forget the kick out for the 3. Try these Fast Break Attacks for Shooters.

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