Raising Basketball IQ – Breaking Habits Part 2

Raising Basketball IQ – Breaking Habits Part 2

Breaking Habits: when you have a player who will continually do the same thing under similar circumstances you have a player who has a habit. It does not really matter if what they are doing is wrong or mostly right or successful some of the time. If they are “just doing an action” then it is a habit. Most habits can be small things like traveling or having extra movement in their shooting form that interferes with the ball actually going in the basket.

What I am going to say next, and you will have to decide whether you agree with it or disagree with it as it is a big statement and a large part of my coaching philosophy. It affects every decision I make when I’m training athletes and developing players.

And that is that the player when acting purposefully will always out perform any automatic reaction they have had “built into them”. Training a player to play “automatically” or by “habit” drowns out their natural ability and dilutes their skills.

Even a good habit, if only eventually, will inhibit the player from performing at their highest level.

As a coach I consider it my job to bring out the ability of the player to their highest performance. Not drive in habits like a trained circus bear.

Once a player has formed a habit it can be quite maddening for a coach. Because despite all the assurances the player gives you that they will change it they go right on doing the same thing, especially in stressful game situations when you want them to be on the top of THEIR game the most. This is where habits really show up.

So how do you break a habit? I found the answer to this question from the American Philosopher L. Ron Hubbard.

“There are three rules on the resolution of automaticity (habit). You just make the “player” do it all by (them) self, and if you just make him do it instead of having it done for him – and he’ll recover from that automaticity (habit).

“Now that’s the basic law: You make him do it (the habit) and he owns it. Now, if you can’t make him do it right away, you can make him change it or you can make him alter it, some slight fashion.” 

So what you do is you drill the player to purposefully do the habit that they keep repeating until they can confidently do it. Pretty simple right?

The player will most likely have some hesitation or resistance to mimicking the action they have been berated for performing. But let’s say the habit is picking up their pivot foot prior to dribbling. So you will ask them to do it the same way that is their habit. Have them purposefully travel by picking up their pivot foot prior to dribbling.

Drill them over and over again until they are certain they can do it easily and freely. Since you are the coach you should be able to see that they can do it easily and freely and that they do it purposefully. Then make it more difficult and put them in a game like situation and have them travel in the exact same manner that they travel in a real game until they are sure they are doing it. It will be pretty clumsy at first and then as the player starts to take control over the habit it will smooth out. When the player can control the action it is no longer a habit.

Of course after they break their habit you now need to drill them on the proper way to do an action or move. But the habit will no longer interfere with your drilling them correctly and they will be able to learn the move quickly.

This may need to be repeated a few times if the habit reappears but this has been very successful for me. One precaution is this is not a punishment, it is a drill like any other drill. Do not treat or let the player treat it like a penalty.

Read more about player habits if you missed Part 1 of my series on Raising the Basketball IQ of a Player.


Individual Skill Development During Practice Time

Individual Skill Development

Summary of Individual Skill Development Article

  • Individual Skill Development Tips including shooting tips, daily shooting, ball handling routines, and a segmented pre-practice routine.
  • 6 Segments Using 3-4 players in each drill typically lasts 30 minutes and covers every basic offensive fundamental in a short time
  • Extremely useful Individual Skill Development Plan for coaches with limited resources, gym availability, assistant coaches, and youth league practices

One of the most widely discussed topics in today’s game is Individual Skill Development.  We came up with a very efficient way of utilizing limited space and practice time to improve a players individual skills. This short and simple skill development segment is easily adaptable to your style of play and number of players. We usually begin after a pre-practice shooting routine, dynamic warm-up and anywhere from 3-4 team passing drills and ball handling. This block typically lasts about 30 minutes and each player will get a substantial number of shots up and ball handling done in a short amount of time.

Pre-Practice Shooting Routine – no free shooting before practice. Must earn the right to shoot.

Form Shooting

  1. 10 Air Shots (No Ball/No Rim) – Focus on hand position, wrist and follow thru.
  2. 10 Shoot the Lines – Players will place the big toe of their shooting foot on a line perpendicular to their shoulders. Players will then shoot the ball in the air and attempt to land both the ball and their toe on the line.
  3.  Square-Ups Off Pass (with ball)- Around the 3pt arc, players self-toss and square up to rim on an inside pivot. Players will go around arc and back to starting spot
  4. Square-Ups Off Dribble (with ball) – Around the 3pt arc, players will take 2 hard dribbles and square up to rim on an inside pivot. Players will go around arc and back to starting spot.
  5. Perfects – With ball, players will now got their respective rims and execute 5 “perfect” shots at 3 spots using just their shooting hand.  The spots are outside the left and right blocks, parallel to the baseline and one directly in front of the rim. A “perfect” is a shot that is all net, not hitting the rim.

Daily Individual Shooting and Ball Handling Routine

Players will either partner up, or in groups of 3 or 4 to perform this routine, depending on the number of rims and players you have.  Each segment will last from 1 to 2 minutes in length, with each player going at least 30 seconds. One partner will be shooting and the other will be doing ball handling drills. Ball handling drills can be any of your choice.  We like to use tennis ball drills or two ball drills.

Segment 1 – Mikan/Reverse Mikan Drill – focus on shooting the ball with no side spin and off of one foot. Partner will be doing Dribble pounds while tossing the tennis ball in the air and catching with off hand. Switch hands have way through.

Segment 2 – Finishing Drills – Player starts at wing and drives hard to rim finishing with your move of choice for the day. Typically, we work on simple moves like the reverse layup, baseline reverse layup, fake pass to middle and finish or two foot finish with a shot fake. Players will dribble out to opposite wing and do the same move. Partner will be doing In-Out dribbles, Push-pulls or the pound pound cross-over.

Segment 3 – Rhythm Shooting/Arc Shooting – Player 1 will be the shooter approximately 12 feet from the rim and player 2 will be the passer-rebounder. The shooter will start in the ready position with hands in proper catching position, calling for the ball.  Player 2 will make a good pass to the shooter, hitting the shooter in the target hands. Player 1 will dig their non-shooting foot into the floor, rocking to the ball of their foot and sticking their shooting foot directly under their knee.  The shooter’s index finger, elbow, knee and toe should be in a direct line.  Shooter will shoot and back pedal to the starting position quickly. In the Arc Shooting drill, player 1 will be 2 steps outside the restricted area arc moving side to side along the arc.  The shooter will pivot on their inside foot and shoot a bank shot.

Segment 4 – Hubie Brown Shooting  3 parts – We like to chart this segment. Players will call out “Hubie” when they have made 3 consecutive makes. Player 1 will now move out to the baseline approximately 12 to 15 feet and will shoot from both the baseline and wing area, sliding between each spot. Player 2 will be the rebounder-passer. Players will shoot on one side, switch, and then the other (2 parts).  The 3rd part of Hubie Brown Shooting consists of the players “Shooting the D” . Players will now shoot at the elbows and trace the top of the key, focusing on getting their hips around and feet into the proper shooting position.

Segment 5 – 5 Spot Shooting/Partner Shooting – In this segment, you can use either, depending on your philosophy, point of the season, how much time you have or how stressed your team is. In 5 Spot Shooting, Player 1 may shoot for the entire time allowed with their partner as the rebounder-passer. Typically, this would be :30 to 1 minute per spot.  Some coaches have the players shoot for the entire 5 minutes and then switch instead of alternating. Entirely up to you as a coach. In Partner Shooting, the rebounder-passer makes a pass to the shooter, closes out and the shooter shoots over defense. The shooter gets their own rebound and the players switch roles.  This would last anywhere from 1 to minutes per spot.

Segment 6 – Free Throw Game – Here you can insert your choice of Free Throw game for total number of makes or makes in a certain time limit, or even a contest on the type of makes and or misses.  Quite often, we will use the plus/minus system for a cumulative total.  For example, the game may be to +8.  The shooter will get a -1 for a missed shot, +0 for a make that hits the rim, +1 for a swish that does not spin back to them and +2 for a swish that does spin back to them. As soon as they have reached this number or the time has run out, they can get a drink. If they did not reach the total, then a consequence must be paid.

Each of these Individual Skill Development drill segments are done quickly and no time is wasted going from one to the next.  The players get to know the routine quickly and become very comfortable in leading the drills themselves. In addition, as “repetition is the mother of skill” these drills serve as an excellent, intentional, daily process to develop good basketball habits.

3 Out High/Low Motion Offense Playbook

3 Out Motion – “Marquette Motion Offense”

Coach Lois Heeren, U of Wisconsin-La Crosse Women

Version of Bill Self’s Kansas 3 Out 2 In Motion Offense

What is a 3 out motion offense? Coach Erick Blasing breaks down a popular version of this offense made popular by Bill Self at Kansas. Coach Louis Heeren of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Women’s team has designed her own version of the offense. Included below are the diagrams for this 3 Out Offense if you want to download them.

Every coach will put their own twist and ownership on motion offense. Coach Lois Heeren of University of Wisconsin- La Crosse Women’s Basketball has titled her motion offense, Marquette. However, the offense is derived from the 3 out motion offense that Bill Self runs at Kansas.

Kansas was again back at the top of the Big XII this season and made another deep NCAA run. While the faces have changed and Coach Self has gained more recognition with the Jayhawks, one thing has not changed; the success of the Jayhawk 3 Out motion offense.  The ability to space the floor with a constant ball side triangle, good offensive rebounding positions, and great pin and skip opportunities continually makes Kansas the team to beat in the Big XII.

Coach Lois Heeren utilized this offense several seasons at UW-La Crosse and saw great team success. The 2015-16 campaign marked the 17th season and final season at the helm for Coach Heeren. In 2011, Coach Heeren led the Eagles to a 20-8 record and an at-large bid in the NCAA DIII tournament, the first appearance for the Eagles since the 1987-88 season. In 2011, Coach Heeren picked up her 200th career coaching victory and in 2015 she earned her 200th victory as coach of the Eagles. Heeren, who stepped down from her coaching duties following the 2015-2016 season finished as the winningest of 14th Head Coaches in the program’s history with 209 victories. UW-La Crosse had posted winning seasons in 6 of the past 10 years. Coach Heeren also sits at 9th in career victories throughout the history of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

From Greene, Iowa, Coach Heeren graduated from Truman State University and received her masters from the University of Iowa. Coach Heeren’s stops as an assistant coach include stops at NCAA DI Southwest Texas State, the United States Air Force Academy, and DIII UW-River Falls. Her Head Coaching resume includes NCAA DII Truman State University and DIII St. Mary’s University (Winona, MN).

The 3 Out Motion that Coach Heeren runs has been a staple for Coach Self and the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks reached the #1 ranking during the 2015-2016 season and earned a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament before falling to eventual National Champion Villanova in the Elite Eight.  Kansas is currently riding an 12 year regular season conference championship streak. The Jayhawks finished their season at 33-5 overall and 15-3 in conference. Coach Self following the 15-16 season holds a career record of 385-83 with the Jayhawks.

Hopefully this 3 out Motion offense will allow you to get some solid hi/low opportunities as well as great ball reversals. Good luck the rest of the way!

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UW-L/Bill Self Kansas 3 Out Motion


Raising Basketball IQ Part 1 – Habits

Basketball Habits by Coach Julia Allender

Habits can either make or break players and ultimately decide the outcome of a basketball game. Coach Julia Allender shares her thoughts on developing a basketball IQ.

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Basketball IQ

There has been a phrase around sports training for a long time, maybe you have heard it? “Developing good habits” It has been used when coaches have been discussing training female basketball players and, in fact, it is used in the entire sporting world. Coaches have proclaimed that they want to “break their girls down, strip them of what they do wrong and then create and develop good habits”. You hear and see this at all levels and all ages. From Youth Leagues, AAU programs, High School, Junior College, Division I’s, II’s and III’s, the WNBA and NBA. It’s everywhere.

You have to ask yourself do you want to be (or even need to be) broken down? I don’t know about you but that sounds rather unappealing.

So what is a habit?

A habit is something that you do unconsciously or a way that you act in certain circumstances and situations. It is always something you do, at least partially unknowingly.

One example of a bad habit I have seen a lot of is a players traveling with the ball. There are as many different ways to do this as there are players. But what is interesting is how unaware they are of what their body is doing when they travel. This is a habit, they are doing it without deciding to do it and they are for the most part unaware that they are doing it.

With that understanding of what a habit is, then the real question is: Are there actually any “good” habits? Do you really want to unconsciously have to act a certain way because of some unknown and unseen force? Or would you rather be the one playing the game?

My view of this is, you don’t need habits. You need to understand the game of basketball well enough to respond and react to each situation as it occurs and you need to have practiced and learned well enough each of the fundamental basketball moves so that you can respond.

You need to understand basketball well enough so that as the action occurs and the defenses change you know instantly what you need to do and can do it.

When I coach a player I do not want to create habits, I want the player to have an increased awareness of what is happening around her on the court and to have the skill to respond to it, I want to train players to knowingly act! I want actions, which are based off of their knowledge I want them to use their judgment. There is another term for this it is called Basketball IQ.

My intent as a coach is to raise the Basketball IQ of the player and the physical skill then let them play the game.

Coaching Nuggets with Coach Kelly Wells

Coaching nuggets. We are all trying to find the newest answers to our coaching problems; Coach Wells shares the right answers for us. Coach Kelly Wells of the University of Pikeville shares some of his championship basketball coaching philosophies and nuggets of wisdom. Follow Coach Wells @coachkellywells on Twitter.

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Championship Coaching Nuggets


StrengthFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

UBUNTU, by Stephen Lundin (Tribal tradition of TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION. Philosophy of: I am because we all are! The success of the group MUST outweigh the success of the individual.)

The Little Red Book of Wisdom, by Mark DeMoss

Success is a Choice, by Rick Pitino


  • Hire GREAT coaches (only as good as the people around you)
  • Put your family ahead of basketball
  • Lifelong Learner (Coaches have to be Coachable)
  • Work Ethic, (Required Work vs. Unrequired Work) (Greatest Asset)
  • Power in Belief (In yourself, your players, your situation)
  • Dream bigger than MOST think is possible / Guarantee Little, Deliver Much
  • Relationships Matter: Care about your coaches/players and their lives
  • Shared Commitment: Players love when you sweat with them, more about what you bring than what you know.
  • Self Evaluation: Would you want to play for yourself (why/why not)
  • Take players where they won’t take themselves, best version of each player
  • Have a Philosophy and Beliefs that fit your situation (Be Flexible)
  • Organized
  • Handle Media, Parents and Community Relations (Own PR Department – staff, players, parents, fans, admin, etc.)
  • Communication (truth, upfront, often)


  • Must Defend
  • Eliminate Transition Baskets
  • Take away offensive rebounding
  • Play through runs (Resolve)
  • Eliminate turnovers and Vomit Offense


“Complexity is the enemy of execution” –Brendon Suhr, LSU

“Young men need more models, not critics” -John Wooden, UCLA

“Transactional Coach or Transformational Coach” -Jon Gordon

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“A coach will have more impact on lives in a year than most in a lifetime” -Billy Graham

“The greatest sin a coach can commit is to allow kids to slide by. In classroom as well as the court” -Hubie Brown

“Interest VS. Commitment” Interest = Doing it when convenient / Commitment = All the time -Shaka Smart

“No one is bigger than the team. If you can’t do things our way, you’re not getting time here and we don’t care who you are” -Gregg Popovich

“Empower the people around you, from the janitor to the AD. You do that by being sincere, caring about others, and then putting it into practice” -Sue Gunter. LSU WBB

“What we do as basketball players/coaches is abnormal. If you want abnormal results them give abnormal actions. NORMAL=NORMAL” -Billy Donovan, OKC

“YOU determine your value (wage) with what you bring to the table. Our paycheck is OUR responsibility” -Kevin Eastman


Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you’d better BE RUNNING. –African Proverb

Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. –Nido Qubein

There is no passion to be found playing small – In settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. –Nelson Mandella

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. –Walt Disney

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FIVE Components to be ALL IN:

1. Unselfishness –
o Remove “Me-ism”
o Sacrifice
o “Check your ego at the door; the only stat that matters is team success.
2. Compassionate –
o Nobody cares what you know until they know you care
o It not the VALUE you receive, but the VALUE you give to others.
3. Goal Oriented –
o A ship with no port of call is sure to get there—NOWHERE!
o Put your plans in writing! “Bucket List”
4. Togetherness –
o It amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares who gets the credit
o Amway Philosophy: How many people can you help be successful? In return you will be successful.
5. Leadership –
o Action / Not Position
o Be an authentic leader: Show you care, lead by example, develop leaders

[Video] Golden State Warriors Keys to 73

How the Golden State Warriors Made History

Coach Michael Asiffo shares his take on the historic run by the Golden State Warriors and the keys to their success.

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The Golden State Warriors had a historic season of 73-9. The focus was centered on the magic of two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and the more the helpful editions of Klay Thompson as well as the revelation that is Draymond Green. This is true, however, there is much more than just three guys dominating the league on display here. Everyone one of the Warriors 73 wins have come due to team effort and just plain good basketball. Here are some reasons why the Warriors are so good:

1. They Shoot and Make Threes

The Warriors shoot threes and other NBA teams try to emulate that. The NBA is a copycat league and there is the growing philosophy that you need to shoot threes. Even if you make less than half, shoot threes because three is better than two and mathematically it makes sense.

[content_box box_type=”e.g. normal, confirm, warning, info, alert” title=”Title”]For example, player A takes 10 threes and makes 4, he scored 12 points on 40% shooting: 4/10= 0.4 (40%)
Player B takes 10 shots inside the three point line and makes 5, he has scored 10 points on 50% shooting
5/10= 0.5 (50%)

Which means that with a lower percentage on the same amount of shots player A has scored more than player B. With that being said, I think a lot of believers of this philosophy lose the fact that you still need to make the threes to the tune of 40% because 45% from two is the magic number to break even with a team that shoots 30% from three. In the 2015-2016 season, every team in the NBA shot well over 45% from 2. Even the bad teams shot over 45%. In fact, only the Los Angeles Lakers are the only team to shoot under 46%, as they shot 45.4%. Also, just for fun, here is the most interesting part. 10 teams in the league shot 50% or higher. The Warriors obviously lead the league in attempts, but they were the only team that shot 40% from three. Meaning the Golden State Warriors shot a lot of threes, however, made enough threes to beat a team that shot 50% from two; if they were to go shot for shot.

2. Out of Bounds Play Execution

One thing that is not really focused on enough in mainstream basketball proper is defending out of bounds plays. Many times it is not how good or bad the defender is, but the position that person is in. Fortunately, NBA coaches and players are smart enough to defend out of bounds plays. However, the Warriors have a team that is different (obviously). Most players on the team can shoot the three, or have been shooting well from three this season. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes all shoot 38% from three or higher. Meaning that you as a coach have to instill in your team that you have to guard the three. The Warriors take advantage of this and will get a lot of easy layups on out of bounds plays, in particular the sidelines. They are ruthless in this aspect.

Coach Nic from BBall Breakdown touched on this advantage months ago:

Getting easy baskets is a staple in basketball and the warriors do that to perfection.

3. Assists

The Golden State Warriors lead the lead in total assists for the season at 2373, which is 273 more than the Atlanta Hawks. While I have always been a firm believer in “assists do not tell the full story” for a number of reasons I will not get into now, it is an indication that teams move the ball. Yes the golden state warriors have offensive talent on their team and yes the warriors can shoot the lights out. With that being said, that offensive talent is accentuated so much more because they pass to each other when they are in good spots. How many times does Draymond Green bring the ball up in transition to find Steph Curry or Klay Thompson trailing for an open three? How many times are Steph Curry and Draymond Green run that strong side screen roll to merciless effect? How many off ball screens lead to that player who came off that screen get the ball, who then dumps it off the roll man on the screen? If you answered a lot then congrats, you watch Golden State Warriors basketball and realize that the Warriors pass the ball.

There are a lot of things that make the 2015-2016 Golden State Warriors special. However, from a coaching perspective these three things are very teachable to your team. Running out of bounds plays, passing the ball and shooting shots that you can make are essential in basketball.

Communication is critical in basketball

How to teach communication through drills

When coaching a basketball player, you will often recognize that they will think about what skills they would like to acquire. Whether that means to be a great passer, shooter, slasher or all three, each person fails to miss one important aspect of basketball. While wanting to shoot like Steph Curry or pass like Steve Nash is admirable, there is one thing that many players miss. That one important thing is communication on the court. Communicating on the basketball court is something ALL good teams do on every possession. Whether on offense or on defense “communication is key” in basketball and that’s something any reasonable coach can see.

No offense can function without a guard communicating properly to his teammates but it goes so much deeper than that. Screens cannot be set, players who are open will not be found and even worse that means players will play “Hero Ball” and go in a crowd to shoot a low percentage shot. This also contributes to turnovers as passes can go awry if players are not on the same page. As a result, the offensive execution of a team depends on communication of some sort. As important as communication is on offense, it is perhaps even more important on defense.

Coaches, how many times did you look on with anger in your heart as you saw your own team get mercilessly destroyed by an opposing team’s player cutting to the rim? How many times did you want to throw the poor clipboard to the ground as your team’s rotation was not properly executed and a player was wide open for an easy layup or jump shot? Now how many times did you think in that instance “They gotta talk!!”? If your answer to all three questions was “a lot” then you do not need me to tell you what not communicating on defense can do. The result of a team not talking on defense is catastrophic.

“So how do I get them to communicate?” you now ask?

Unless you are coaching a team of telekinetics, you have to get them to talk while on the court to one another. Luckily there are some drills for that. Here are a couple that are paramount to having your team communicate.

Teach Communication in Offensive Drills

There are actually quite a bit of drills that a coach can use to get a team to talk. A coach can even modify simply drills like a “3 man weave” or a “2 on 1 fast break” drill into a communication drills by making players call ball. However, personally the best way to get a team prepared to communicating on the court is to have the team run through the offensive sets or plays but to have them talk about their jobs during the run through. This sounds silly for every experience basketball player and coach, however, if a team calls out what they do on a play during their run-through of the play in practice then more often than not they will execute on offense in a game better.

Teach Communication in Defensive Drills

There is one drill that I particularly like and that is the 3 on 4 contest drill. Here is a video of a version of that drill courtesy of Championship Productions:

This drill emphasizes the important of team defense rotating and talking while doing it.

Trust me, communication on the court will make your team better. Take a look at how important communication is to Team USA.[/fusion_text][/one_full]

Golden State Warriors Quick Hitters

Golden State Warriors Quick Hitters

The Golden State Warriors, according to Basketball Reference,  lead the NBA in 3 point field goals attempted and made. This should be of no surprise to any coach that follows the NBA because Steph Curry and Klay Thompson lead the NBA in 3 point field goals made this season at number 1 and 2 respectively. In addition, Curry has already broken his own NBA record for number of 3 point field goals made in a season as well as his record for consecutive number of games with at least one made 3 point field goal.

Ok. So what?

While the rest of the NBA is trying to play catch-up to the flow and style of the Golden State Warriors, Wes Kosel has put together five quick hitting actions from Steve Kerr. What makes these plays even more special is the fact that 3 out of the 5 plays feature players besides Curry and Thompson for isolations, post ups, and drives. The other two sets feature a popular action in all levels of the game, the elevator screen, and how the Warriors utilize this action to get their shooters open. Shooters that are accurate at a historical pace. These plays are for any level of coach, and, at a minimum, should be reviewed in case an opponent decides to use them against you.

Here are five quick hitters from the Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr. Kerr has led the Warriors (with the help of Luke Walton) to a 55-6 record this season. The Warriors are undefeated at home, 32-4 in conference play, and 13-1 in division play.  They lead the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (41.2%), assists (29.2/game), and points (115.1/game). Kerr has the Warriors moving the ball well and with so many offensive weapons on the floor they have proven themselves a hard team to beat.

5 Duck-In

Golden State Warriors: 5duckin

Horns Clear Post Cross

Golden State Warriors: horns2

Horns Post PNR

Golden State Warriors: postpnr

Pinch Post Hand-Off

Golden State Warriors: pinchpost

Warriors Elevator

Golden State Warriors: elevator

Click here to download the PDF! Steve Kerr Golden State Warriors Quick Hitters

Drills to Start Practice

Basketball Practice Drills

Coaches are always looking for effective drills to start practice. Drills at the beginning of practice should get the players loose and prepare them for the mental and physical grind of a typical practice.

3 Line Lay-Ups

This drill is a great drill to encourage focus, timing, and teamwork. The goal was to make as many shots as possible and to move the ball quickly and efficiently. To start out the season, the goal for makes was 50 in 3 minutes on the right side and 50 in 3 minutes on the left. This would increase as the season went on.



3 Man Weave Scoring Drill

This drill was used at the NBA combine over the summer. It incorporates the classic 3 man weave drill with additional scoring options. Two coaches are needed to pass to shooters.


4 Corner Shooting

The drill gets the players used to calling out cuts and making game-speed cuts for a shot. We had the players practice curling, popping, and flaring on the screen.

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4 Man Transition Drill

This drill is great for building habits in transition offense. It encourages speed and precision. The 5 and 4’s in your program need to be able to keep up in this drill for your team to run consistently.


5 Minute Full-Court Shooting

This is another great drill to get your players running the length of the floor and shooting a bunch of shots at the beginning of practice.

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Post Drop Drill

This drill was used in a USA basketball camp and is great for building chemistry between point guards and bigs.

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Team Shooting Drill

This drill is a good drill for getting up a lot of shots and working on scoring moves. This drill can also easily be used in pre-game warm-ups.

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Fast Break- Transition Offense Drill

This is a drill used by Fred Hoiberg. The drill develops quick instincts for offensive players to find the open man while in a numbers advantage.

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3 Line Pick

This drill is from Coach Don Showalter, head coach of the USA U16 team. This drill puts players in game-like pick & roll situations and gets shots for 3 players on each repetition.

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Below you will find the PDF link to download the Drills to Start Practice Playbook.

To download the PDF, click here!