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Seems like there is an arms race with basketball workouts these days. Who can come up with the best tricky drill.... Who can top the next in let people see how "Next Level" my work is so I will have these crazy drills to attract attention to myself where people will say wow those drills are fantastic.
Look, there are a million ways to get players better and if players spend enough time on things with consistent reps they will see improvement. My way or your way isn't the only way someone will improve. We aren't brain surgeons.Basketball on court development isn't too complicated in my mind....
Devise a plan on what a player should work on
Communicate that plan to the player
Coaches always email me on what workouts they should give to their young guards. One workout that I found online which I posted a while back was on YouTube by Steve Nash. Nash did a video a while back on a 20 minute workout. In that workout it was a simple package of shots that he will shoot in a game.
It started close in to the basket where he worked on his form and technique slowly moving out deeper and increasing the pace. All of his shots were game shots that will be used almost every game. He worked on his rhythm getting into shots off the dribble and spotting up. He rebounded for himself the whole time and it was a vey good workout.
I highly suggest watching this workout. Nash is one of the more underrated shooters in NBA History. He posts career numbers of
Those numbers are tough to beat for any player that ever played the game at any level. His work ethic is second to none and his numbers back him up. Most of the time getting better isn't exciting. It is doing the same things over and over again and trying to make sense of them. This is yet another example of keeping things simple.
For any guard this is a good workout it covers a lot of things
Shooting Close, Mid Range, 3PT
1 and 2 Dribble Jumpers
Simulates Pick & Roll Situation
Finishes Lay Up, Floater, ETC
Good Change of Speed
If you are a fan of teaching high intense and complicated workouts and it works for you and the players that you work with please by all means rep doing what you are doing. On this site I will share the things that have worked for me, but as I previously stated there are a million ways to make a player and you should explore every one of them.
My philosophy on making players better is do the same things over and over again until they are ready for the next thing and to keep the all game relevant. I hope you enjoy the workout. Nash does a tremendous job with it.
Watch his shooting technique. Elbow under the ball, great release point, ball is straight. Watch his change of speeds and his advice on getting his defender on their heels and creating space. All of the shots that he takes are game shots that are things that ALL guards should be doing on the offensive end in games.
Here is Nash's game highlights vs. The Spurs in 2010. Over the course of a game he keeps the defense guessing with his shot making ability, passing, ability to get to the rim and finish. His ability to change speeds and get in the paint at will is a great skill that he has.