If you want to be a pro basketball player, you first need to master your rudimentary skills, like dribbling and shooting. While you practice, work on techniques that you already know while adding new drills that will help you excel. To start your career, get involved with sports at your school to develop team skills and get noticed by coaches. Keep learning whether you’re on or off the court. If you want to learn more about drills you should be running or how to get an agent
Learn all the game’s rules like the back of your hand.
The better you know the sport, the better you’ll be able to play, knowing what to expect and how to work on potential problems. You can ask just about anyone who knows the sport, but also check websites, ask coaches, and join a team. Play, play, and play some more until it becomes a part of you.
Understand that basketball is both a physical and mental sport. They are both extremely important. If you lack in one area, focus on trying to improve in that area without forgetting the other. For example, if you need to work on your dribbling, but just finished working on your dribble, dribble up to the hoop from half-court, and shoot a layup.
Get yourself in the best physical shape possible. Get down to a gym and start working out. Lesser players can beat the greatest talent if they can outrun and outlast their opponent. Michael Jordan is quoted to have said that the best players are good scorers, good defensive players, and good team players. To be all three, you’ve got to be in great shape. Here are some exercises to help you out:
Dribble like a madman.
If you ever find yourself having to concentrate or focus on your dribbling, then you’re not good enough to go pro. You should be able to feel where the ball is at all times, have perfect control over it, and be able to do anything you can with it at any moment
Spend tons of time dribbling the basketball. Try dribbling up and down the court or wherever you’re practicing. Push yourself to dribble faster, lower, harder, and even more out of control. You’ll improve your mobility on the court and your ability to play with the best of them.
Many coaches will tell you to dribble using only your fingertips. However, look at basketball players like Chris Paul, who use their palms as well. You may find that when you are doing more advanced moves in games and at practice, it will be a lot easier to do them if you disregard the information about avoiding palm use.
Work on your shooting skills.
Take a look at the best shooters in the game and model their actions. Hold your right hand on the back of the ball, while the left is on the side guiding it. Try practicing by lying down and shooting your basketball straight into the air, so it comes back down onto your hand. You can do this for hours, while listening to music, or just not sleeping. The ball should feel like part of your arm, extending into the hoop.
Shoot free-throws until you can do it in your sleep. There is no reason you should miss any shot that is undefended. Practice shooting when you’re cold and when you’re totally winded. After running lines and being so tired you can’t see straight, that’s the perfect time to shoot free-throws.
Use BEEF when shooting. This strange little acronym is everything that should be on your mind when shooting. Here are the details:
Balance. Make sure you are balanced before you shoot.
Eyes. Keep your eyes on the basket while you shoot.
Elbow. Keep your elbow in towards your body when you shoot.
Follow Through. Make sure you follow through with your shot; your shooting hand should look like you are about to reach into a cookie jar. Even though you may not be able to have elbow strength, always try.
C stands for concentration and awareness. This is the most important part of shooting. Focus on where the ball is going, not paying “overt” attention to who’s around you or whether you should shoot/pass instead. Awareness is somewhat “covert and tricky” – it is called “unconscious” playing (as if flying on your internal automatic pilot). With this, you know about other players and the options and plays, but are not showing concern outwardly or consciously when “hearing steps.” Options become instinct by practicing and applying it.
Practice spinning the ball and using your non-dominant hand.
Place your off hand on the side of the ball, realizing that the hand on the side may put some different control and English on the ball. Then shoot (with your CBEEF) making sure most of the force is coming from your shooting/writing hand.
If English (or spin) is new to you, it will require practice and experimenting to see how it affects your shots “rimming-out” and checking your banking shots. This effect will depend upon your touch and which side of the basket you happen to shoot.
Practice spin on both sides of the basket. If you are at least somewhat ambidextrous (using either hand), practice both hands as the power vis-a-vis the “off hand” for offside shooting (on the non-writing-hand side of the basket).
Do drills to improve every aspect of your game. All of the practice you can get will help you become the best player you can be. Practice does not make perfect, but perfect practice makes perfect. Here are some drills you can start with:
The Superman Drill. If you have a court this works better, if not you’ll have to guesstimate the distances. On a court, start on one baseline (underneath a basket) and run to the first perpendicular line (the nearest free throw line), then drop and do 5 pushups. After that, stand and run back to the original baseline, then run to the next perpendicular line (the 3/4 court line). Drop and do 10 push ups and continue on that same idea for every line on the court, back and forth, until you reach the first line again. Again, it is best to shoot at least 10 free throws after the drill while you are tired.
Always be a confident team player. Look for the open man, and pass the ball, even if you want to make a shot. The better your team does, the better you do. you not only have to be a shooter, but a team player as well. Don’t hog the ball; eventually your other teammates and coaches will get annoyed and you’ll be labeled as a selfish player, risking it all for the bench.
And whatever you do, don’t lose your confidence. If you’re a shooter, shoot until you get your touch or rhythm! If you’re playing the big D, clear your mind until you can anticipate movement. Eat a protein and carbohydrate-rich meal, take a breather, and get back at it if you’re feeling discouraged. No path to greatness has ever been easy.