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How to Improve Your Basketball Dribbling Skills

Updated on November 18, 2012
Once a top pick in the rookie draft during his batch, Allen Iverson is a feisty point guard who is packed with great ball handling skills.
Once a top pick in the rookie draft during his batch, Allen Iverson is a feisty point guard who is packed with great ball handling skills. | Source

Dribbling is very important in basketball because you will never get around or will often commit traveling violations if you are not good on this though. Magic Johnson was so popular in NBA with his dribbling and passing skills during his time. When Johnson was young he usually brings with him a basketball and dribbles it anywhere he goes. Many years later, Johnson was fancied for his magical passing and uncanny dribbling skills. He even steered his Lakers team to numerous championships together with Kareem Abdul Jabbar and James Worthy.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls which is considered by many basketball pundits, aficionados and fans as the greatest player in NBA, was so lethal with his crossover dribble. He also tricked Bryon Russell with this move and was left unguarded with 12 seconds left to nail the game winning shot in the 1998 NBA Championships over the Utah Jazz. The shot helped the Bulls win the series 4-2 over the Jazz.

The importance of dribbling skills

Improving one’s dribbling skills is of essence: for point guards it will let them have better ball control, for shooting guards it will let them rip through enemy defenses for a short stab at the basket or even a riveting dunk, and for forwards and centers it will give them edge on the middle.

How to be a better dribbler, here are some tips and pointers I hope it will help in a way:

  • Dribble using both hands and without looking at the ball. Do this for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • Make an obstacle course and try to navigate through these using your right hand, left hand or both of your hands. You can use chairs, bottles or anything and arrange these in a straight line and at least 1 meter apart. Do your best not to look at the ball and increase the pace of your dribbling as you go along.
  • Also spend a lot of time perfecting other important dribbling skills like spins, behind-the-legs, behind-the-back and cross-over. These dribbling skills are cinched to help you elude or fake your defenders.
  • You may watch the games of your favorite point guard and shooting guard in NBA and try to emulate their dribbling skills.
  • You may polish your dribbling skills by doing basketball drills often such as tapping the ball with both of your hands to enhance your grip, dribbling balls on both of your hands simultaneously over an obstacle course and among others.
  • Keep in mind that the more you spend time in dribbling the better you will get.

Thanks a lot for the read.

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A valuable dribbling drill from YouTube

Ballhandling drill with tennis balls and two ball dribble drill from Youtube

And here's another video from YouTube improving dribbling peppered with finishing moves


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      Susmitha 2 years ago

      Hi Lindsay and Amy I really hope you reply even thugoh it has been 2 years since you've posted on here I'm so glad to have found this site. My name is Nichole and I am almost 23 years old, I have suffered with NDPH since I was 16. I was a Sophomore in high school, it was near the end of 2006 when I got sick with bronchitis and the flu and coughed and coughed and noticed I had a really terrible headache with it. Once the sickness went away I noticed that the migraine, that pain in my head that had been so foreign to me prior to this, had not gone away, and still has not to this day I had to be home schooled and quit all of my sports I was a part of My friends went on with their lives and forgot about me while I had a constant 24/7 pain that I could not get rid of no matter how hard I tried or how much it killed me, physically and mentally. We began with Chiropractors, decompression machines, adjustments, etc. I traveled hours to probably 20 different Chiropractors that all said that they knew what I had and exactly how to treat it. I've tried natural supplements, over the counter medications, 6 Occipital nerve blocks in the back of my head, massage, diets of no wheat, no gluten, no sugar, vegan only, all with no progress. My family understands the pain and how I can be ok one minute but then pick up something slightly too heavy, walk a little too fast, sit down a little too hard and I will have to be in my room with blankets over my windows and absolutely no sound because the pain is so unbearable. It is so frustrating because I too feel like a burden, like ok you have a headache so what? Why can't you stay out late or get up early or work long shifts or run around and be active? But it is so much more than a headache It's become a way of life and althugoh I think I handle it well I know that deep down I am depressed and deeply saddened by it because anytime I stop to think about it or talk to anyone about it I cry instantly. Lindsay, I too have tried the things you have with no help and at Cleveland Clinic where they did my nerve blocks they told me about the program where you stay there for an amount of time. My option they told me about when staying there was a few weeks, they would put me on all these medications and steroid medications, have physical therapy and counseling as well. They also said the FDA would soon be approving the Botox injections, I'm sorry those did not help you either NDPH has altered my life drastically, I can't work as much, I can't run around and just be free, I can't take a full load of classes at a time Basically I just want to thank you for having this site Amy, it is really more helpful than you know, just knowing that I'm not the only one to suffer from this and that I'm not the only one that has this pain to think about every single second of every day Bless you and bless all your readers, may you all find relief from the pain -Nichole