"DOMINATE SIMPLE" is a term that most players and coaches at all levels should put into their vocabulary. Everywhere you look players want to do more, want to move on to the next thing, and want to stick out. So many hours working on things that they will never most importantly their coaches would never want to do in a game. They watch the great ones like Kobe, LeBron, or Durant make these outstanding plays out of a video game and want to recreate them. Trying to emulate greatness is natural for anyone, but what hurts players is that's all they want to work on is the spectacular and not something simple. Basketball at it's purest form is played simple and it's beautiful to watch with the extra passes, the drives in the paint forcing double teams to kick to an open teammate, or the impressive stop on defense .
Dominating Simple is developing winning skill sets that helps your team. Dominating simple could be running the floor in transition to either get a lay-up or force a defender to cut you off opening up a shot for someone else. Most winning plays that players make have noting o do with them scoring or having the ball in their hands. Screen setting is an underrated and underdeveloped skill that enables your team to gain an advantage through uncontested shots or mismatches. Don't complicate the game by trying to do things that you can't do. Simple plays can consist on being able to score using 0-2 dribbles. Work on being efficient by not dominating the ball and to make simple plays that you are able to make consistently.
So many younger players today are impressed with the ISO play that consists of 14 dribbles, 2 spins, and the crazy finish at the rim. What they ignore about some of the great players that they watch is the easy catch and shoot, the cut to the basket, or pump fake 2 dribble straight line drive to the rim and finish. I don't want to lie to you and say that every great player makes simple plays most of the time. Every player is different, but 99% of players on the planet, can't live on a diet of contested and difficult shots. They need to understand spacing, playing without the ball in their hands, and making high percentage simple plays that they can convert for themselves or a teammate.
The great teams play the game the way it should be played. The ball never stops, it swings from one side of the floor to the other. When a player catches the ball, 4 others are trying to create the next play by screening for a teammate, cutting to the rim, or even just spacing the floor. Our game today is mostly about moving the ball to get great shots. One player can't create that by themselves the other 4 players have to play a factor in that. The shot could be created by a big man rolling hard to the rim and sucking a help defender in to bump them leaving a shooter open. It could be a team's best post player drawing a double team and a teammate sitting in the corner cuts to the rim for a layup.
Don't complicate the game by taking shots that are low percentage and hard. It puts your team in a bad way. Be the player that creates for others with or without the ball. Not everyone can be a scorer and get every play called to them. In the NBA out of the 450 players currently playing only 102 of them (roughly 25%) get 10 shots or more in a game. That means 75% of players have to play without the ball in their hands for a majority of time. They have to dominate simple and help their team's win as well as develop their own value to stay on the floor.
As a player embrace your role on your team that they need from you. Build the trust of your coaches and teammates by sticking to the game plan and doing the things they need you to do to help your team win. As coaches, communicate to each player what their role is and what are the things that you need them to do and hold them accountable daily to do those things. Here is a list of traits of Dominating Simple
Dominating simple isn't alway just offense either. Defensively not gambling and going for the big star or block every time is being simple. As a defender being in position to help to draw charges or force another pass is being simple. Boxing out instead of just trying to charge in for a rebound is another example.
In closing, not everyone was born with the ability to make amazing plays. Most players have to help their teams win by just making simple plays. Consistently dominating the simple plays of the game will develop trust from your coaches and teammates. Making simple plays will consistently put your team in position to win. Being simple is a mindset that takes a lot of hard work to develop. Everyone want's to be the player creating everything, but unfortunately that's not a reality that a majority of players live in. Dominating simple may not always get you famous, but it will make you something for sure..... A Winner