Although the game continues to move further out with 3's getting all the credit, mid-range shots are still something all players need to have in their bag.
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and the Warriors revolutionized the game of basketball with their 3-point shooting and ever since, analysts, fans, and players have critiqued the mid-range. Developing your mid-range game instead of just focusing on the outside perimeter with 3's will help you become a more versatile player. When the lane gets shut down and shots aren't falling from deep your mid-range is a go-to
Check out 3 drills to work on the lost art, the mid-range below!
1. Kobe Bryant Pivot shot
Mid-range shots don't have to be boring. Check out this Kobe Pivot Shot Progression featuring Ryan Razooky to work on 3 different pivots to create space for an open jump shot after executing a pump fake. The master of this was none other than the legend Kobe Bryant.
2. 3 Shot Streak Challenge
5x WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith with a challenge from 5 different mid-range spots. Players need to make 3 in a row at each spot before they can move on. The goal is to see how quickly players can make 15 shots!
3. Mid-range curls
In this drill with Mike Dunn, players will work on shooting off of the curl action. This is a common action that many teams and players utilize in every game. The key is to execute each drill at game speed and simulate game situations. Challenge yourself to focus on the fundamentals, proper footwork, and remain on balance.
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