Shooters Shoot. And every player should be a shooter. Your job on the floor is, first and foremost, to score. You can also be a great defensive player or rebounder, but you should be able to score on every opportunity you get and you should constantly create opportunities for yourself.
The foundation of a great shooter/scorer is being able to make midrange shots. Making a 12-15’ jump shot makes you a constant threat. Start at the elbow with a Catch and Shoot. Then add a Catch and Pivot. Finish with a Catch and Relocate.
- Jump shot from left elbow
- Jump shot from right elbow
- At left elbow face sideline, pivot towards baseline/basket and shoot
- At right elbow face sideline, pivot towards baseline/basket and shoot
- From left elbow, take one step and dribble toward midcourt and shoot
- From right elbow, take one step and dribble toward midcourt and shoot
- From left elbow, take one step and dribble toward sideline and shoot
- From right elbow, take one step and dribble toward sideline and shoot
- From left elbow, take one step and dribble forward and shoot
From right elbow, take one step and dribble forward and shoot
10 shots/moves. Make 5 shots in 10 attempts. That’s a 50% rate. That’s 100 midrange shots with 50 makes most with footwork and a dribble. Repeat it all from the baseline or double the shooting practice by making 10 shots instead of 5. That’s a 200 shot practice with a 100 makes. You can mix elbow and base line shots and moves but always try for a minimum of 100 shot attempts.
Work on this individually by running to retrieve your shot and running back to shooting position. Just shoot from the ready/triple threat position. You don’t have to pretend to catch or bounce the ball. The more you hustle, the more you improve your conditioning. Don’t dribble the ball. Make up other moves, but keep them simple and quick.
As a Team Drill, partner players as shooters and rebounders.
Keep track of your shooting and then do the math. On an index card write Left Elbow 5/10-50%, Right Elbow 5-12 42% Left Elbow Pivot 5/8-62%. Average-51%. Use abbreviations if you like. Average your overall shooting. Your goal is to get to 8/10-80% shooting or better, across the board. Percentages will drop in-game but I’ll take a 50-60% in-game midrange shooter any day.