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Top 5 Basketball Drills To Improve Post Play

Updated on April 8, 2008

If you're serious about becoming a better post player, your about to discover 5 NBA caliber basketball drills that will help you become a better post player. These are the same drills that NBA players use in their workouts.

Post play is multifaceted and integral to team success. No other position has as many demands on it. Scoring, screening, rebounding as primary roles put the post player is at the forefront of team success.

Below are 5 basketball drills to improve your post play. They emphasize footwork, intensity, athleticism and aggressiveness among other facets. They are also great conditioners. These are only 5 of many drills that you can rotate through your practice plan.

Drill #1 - Three Chair Pickup

This drill emphasizes footwork, quickness and shot variety.

Player can take the same shot at every chair or can change shots by rotation. Every type of shot should be included. Examples are included in the drill.

Chairs are placed around the lane with a ball on each chair.

Player starts on the baseline under the basket. This is the “home spot.”

Player cuts to the first chair, jump-stops and makes a right-foot pivot baseline drop-step for a layup.

After shooting, player sprints to the “home spot.”

(A rebounder grabs the previous ball and replaces it on the chair. This happens after each shot).

Player then sprints to the second chair, jump-stops and executes a right foot inside pivot for a jump shot.

After the shot, player sprints to the “home spot” and then to the third chair.

Player jump-stops, picks up ball and executes a right foot pivot middle drop-step and shoots a right-handed baby hook.

Player then sprints to the “home spot” and then cuts back to the third chair.

Player jump-stops and executes a left foot pivot baseline drop-step for a layup.

Player then sprints to the second chair, jump-stops and executes a left foot inside pivot for a jumpshot.

Player then sprints to the “home spot” and cuts to the first chair

Player jump stops and executes a left foot pivot middle drop-step for a left-hand baby hook.

Drill can be moderated by time, number of shots or number of makes.

Drill #2 - Chair Pivot

This drill emphasizes footwork and shot making.

Set a chair on each side of the lane, just above the block, 2 steps outside the lane line. Put a ball on each chair.

Rebounder replaces the ball on the chair after each shot

Player starts under the basket.

Player cuts to first chair, jump-stops and executes a pivot and shot.

Player cuts to second chair

Player jump stops and executes a pivot and shot.

Drill can be moderated by time, shots or makes.

Pivots should be performed by sets. For example, making 10 baseline drop-steps for a layup. The next set, 10 middle drop-steps with a baby hook. The next set, inside pivots.

Variation

Split the chairs. Make the same pivot on each chair. Chair 1 for a post move, chair 2 for a jump shot.

Drill #3 - Jump Hooks

This drill emphasizes footwork, aggressiveness and jump-hooks.

Set up 3 chairs in the lane as illustrated. Set a 4th chair about 3 feet outside the lane. Place a ball on the 4th chair.

Player starts on the lane.

Rebounder replaces the ball on the chair.

Player cuts to the 4th chair and jump-stops.

Player picks up the ball and executes a right foot pivot middle drop-step.

Player tries to get in the “shooting pocket” with one dribble. Player then takes a right handed jump-hook.

Player then cuts back to the 4th chair.

Player picks up the ball and repeats.

Drill can be moderated by time, number of shot or number of makes.

Repeat on other side.

Variations can be created by using other footwork.

Drill #4 - McHale Intensity Layups

This drill emphasizes conditioning, explosion and rebounding.

Place a chair on the right elbow. Place a ball on the chair.

Player starts on the right side of the backboard with a ball.

Player jumps and bangs the ball on the backboard 5 times and scores on the sixth jump.

Rebounder recovers the ball after the shot.

Player sprints inside the lane, turns around the chair and picks up the ball.

In one motion, player scoops up the ball and takes a 1-dribble layup or dunk.

Drill should be moderated by number of repetitions.

Variation: Have player back-peddle to elbow chair after scoring on backboard bangs.

Drill #5 - Weakside Pitch

This drill emphasizes footwork, passing, shooting, ballhandling and Weakside spot-ups.

Set a chair just above the block, outside the lane on the right side of the court. Place a ball on the chair.

Coach or passer sets up on the left side, above foul line extended, as if spotting up for Weakside pass.

Player starts on left side of the lane.

Player cuts across the lane to chair, as if he were a flash post.

Player executes a jump stop and picks up the ball.

Player then executes a left foot pivot, middle drop step and throws a 2-hand, overhead spot up pass to the coach.

Player then seals in the lane by making a left foot drop step and simulates holding his defense behind him.

Coach throws ball into post for a post move.

Progression:

After spot up pass, player follows pass to ball-side elbow.

Coach passes to player.

Player executes proper footwork (whatever footwork you want to work on) and shoots jump shot.

Progression:

After throwing spot-up pass, player follows pass to ball-side elbow.

Coach passes to player.

Player executes proper footwork (whatever footwork you want to work on), sweeps to weak-side and makes a 1-dribble drive to the basket.

Summary and More Tips

To improve your post play, these are great drills to start with and incorporate into your workout. But don't stop here!

Use your imagination to design more basketball drills. Devise a plan to master a couple moves. You need to main move and a counter move. Don't learn TOO many moves. Kevin McHale dominated with two moves -- the jump hook and the duck under.

You can also check out the internet and our own website for more basketball drills and tips to improve post play.

And never stop practicing your footwork. You must have have footwork to be a dominate post player.

If you have any comments, please share.

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      martinnetsims 

      6 years ago

      long time no see gerry sorry iv took so long here is the site

      and details, they have a deal on at the mo ,just say mart put you on

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      Jason Roatan  

      8 years ago

      Great tips. We need more strong posts in the NBA. I'm sick of hearing about Shaq.

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