Start with Ricochet
This is a great little drill, and since it involves only a ball you can do it pretty much anywhere. It trains your hand-eye coordination and gets you familiar with handling the ball, skills that translate to pretty much every area of basketball.
All you need to do is stand with your legs spread a bit wider than shoulder-width apart with your knees completely locked, holding the basketball out in front of you. Bounce the ball at a 45° angle between your legs, catching it as it bounces behind you. Then, throw it back through your legs and catch it in front. As you get more comfortable with the motion, increase the speed and try to develop a rhythm. Start by doing this for 30 seconds, then as you get better increase the time.
Dribbling Figure 8
We are in a golden age of NBA point guards, with the likes of Nash, Paul, Rondo and others routinely making the incredible plays look simple. Their greatest asset is their ability to dribble the ball in and out of tight spaces in order to create space for their team, and that is what this drill is meant to train.
Spread your legs apart wide, making sure that you can bend your knees and dip down nice and low. Starting with the ball in your non-preferred hand and keeping it as low to the ground as possible while still maintaining a steady dribble, cross the ball into the center of your body. Once in the middle, dribble the ball back between your legs until the only way you can maintain your dribble is to reach behind with your preferred hand to get the ball. Switching the ball to your preferred hand while maintaining your dribble, rotate the ball around your outside leg until you get back to the front. Repeat the same steps before. Perform continuously for at least one minute.
10 Simple Daily Drills Every Basketball Player Should Do
As Shaquille O’Neal or Dwight Howard can tell you, free throw shooting is not easy. It involves clean form, consistency and, above all else, practice. However, it’s also important to remember that free throws are rarely taken when you’re feeling 100%. Often, you’ve just been driving to the basket before getting unceremoniously hacked. You might be a little winded, your legs a little rubbery. This is a great combo drill to work on because it gets you ready to take these all-important shots late in games.
Start by sprinting from one end of the court to the other and back. Immediately grab your ball, and using good form take five free throws. For each one you miss, you will need to do one down and back sprint. After your fifth attempt, do all the sprints you owe. You can repeat this sequence as many times as you like, but you should do no fewer than four sets (one for each quarter). Keep track of your make/miss totals for each set so you can monitor your progress!