Coach Tony Miller is back with another great drill, shooting off the dribble is a skill players can struggle with. Here are three drills to improve your shot off-the-dribble.
For a number of reasons, shooting off the dribble is a more difficult skill than catch-and-shoot. Even at the NBA level, the shooting percentage between catch and shoot (38.6%) and pull-up jump shots (34.4%) is over four percentage points.
With the Dr. Dish shooting machine, players can get the repetition needed to improve shooting in various off-the-dribble scenarios. Here are three drills to improve your shot this off-season.
One-dribble Pull-Up Warmup
This one dribble pull-up warmup is simple yet effective at helping players get their bodies ready for any shooting workout. To perform this drill, start by standing on the wing. Set the machine to pass to the same spot on the floor. After the pass from the Dish, take a one-dribble pull-up moving right or left. On the next pass, the player will take a one-dribble pull-up moving the opposite direction. Take 5-10 shots moving each direction.
The key to this drill is to focus on your footwork, hand placement, and shooting technique. Make sure you hold your follow-through and aim for the same spot on the rim every time. Repeat the drill from different spots on the floor to simulate game-like situations.
Scissor Dribble Pull-Up Drill
The second drill is the scissor dribble pull-up drill. This drill builds faster shot mechanics and a quicker release. To perform this drill, set up the Dr. Dish machine to pass to a player at the top of the key. On the pass out, the defender closes out towards the shooter. On the catch, the shooter must perform a scissor dribble (between-the-legs dribble) before shooting. Alternate shooters on each rep. Make the drill competitive with a “best of…” scenario.
The key to this drill is to focus on your footwork, clean pick-ups, and getting the ball to your shot pocket. As you get faster, move the defender closer to the shooter to create faster closeouts.
Attack in Transition Drill
The final drill is the attack in transition drill. This drill simulates catching the ball on the move and shooting in rhythm in transition. To perform this drill, set up the Dr. Dish machine to pass to a coach at the top of the key. On the pass out to the coach, the player will begin his run towards the wing. Catch the ball in stride, take one dribble towards the elbow, and shoot a jump shot. Players should alternate sides of the floor after each shot.
The key to this drill is to focus on your change of pace and shooting technique. Make sure you catch the ball in rhythm and take one smooth dribble before shooting. As you get comfortable, increase the speed and intensity of the drill to challenge yourself.