Get Game Ready With Point Guard Game Simulation Drills | STACK

Become a Better Athlete. Sign Up for our FREE Newsletter.

Get Game Ready With Point Guard Game Simulation Drills

September 14, 2012 | TJ Jones

Must See Basketball Videos

Point guards, what does your basketball preseason program look like? Are you just going through the motions, or are you actually training to improve your game-time performance? Don't do drills just for the sake of doing drills. The preseason is a great time to rework your shot, ball handling, conditioning and other important aspects of your game. (See How to Become a Better Point Guard.) If you truly want to improve your game, perform drills that mimic real play.

Below are a few examples of game-like drills for point guards.

Penetrate and Kick

Drill 1

Starting near half-court, dribble down the sideline to the wing. (See Improve your Dribble.) Change direction to attack the paint, go middle and throw a kickout pass to a teammate on the opposite wing. After the pass, cut to the top of the key, take a pass back from your teammate and shoot a one-dribble pull-up.

Drill 2

Begin again near half-court and dribble down the sideline to the wing. Execute a hesitation dribble, then lead a full-force attack on the paint, heading toward the baseline to pass to your teammate. After you pass, cut to the elbow, receive a pass back and attack the basket with either a floater or a two-foot finish.

Moving Without the Ball

Drill 1

Starting at half-court, dribble toward the top of the key and pass to your teammate on the wing (see Dominate the Wing). Cut under the basket, simulate a narrow pin down, and curl to the elbow for a catch and shoot jump shot. Mix in fades to the corner, pop-outs to the wing and hard curls to the basket for layups, jumpers off one or two dribbles, shots off fakes and jabs and finishes at the rim with floaters.

Drill 2

Start with the ball near half-court and dribble toward the top of the key. Pass to your teammate on the wing and cut to the weak side corner. Simulate coming off a wide pin down for the catch and shoot at the elbow. Mix in the same shots listed in Drill 1.

TJ Jones
- TJ Jones (a.k.a. "Coach TJ") is the owner and lead instructor of Nothing But Net Basketball (Huntersville, N.C.) As a former assistant coach for the...
TJ Jones
- TJ Jones (a.k.a. "Coach TJ") is the owner and lead instructor of Nothing But Net Basketball (Huntersville, N.C.) As a former assistant coach for the...
Must See
Dashon Goldson: "You Just Gotta Have Heart"
Views: 2,195,013
Dwight Howard Stays in the Gym All Night
Views: 3,491,348
Colin Kaepernick Explains His Ridiculous Socks
Views: 21,753,521

Featured Videos

Quest for the Ring: University of Kentucky Views: 224,492
Add Core Power for Basketball With Damian Lillard's Med Ball Throws Views: 4,255,154
Path to the Pros 2015: The Journey Begins Views: 26,383
Load More


STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers


Latest issues of STACK Magazine


Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice


Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes


Find the latest news relevant to athletes

More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Andrew McCutchen Is Raking His Way to Consecutive MVP Honors

Basketball Dribbling Drills: Use Chaos to Develop Killer Handles

Top 3 Hockey Training Mistakes

5 Drills to Improve Your Soccer Dribbling Skills

Tony Wroten's Lethal Crossover Leaves Defender in the Dust

Improve Your Basketball Passes With Med Ball Exercises

How to Improve Your Football Skills Mid-Season

Boost Your Fastball With This Weighted Baseball Workout

3 Secrets of the NBA's Best Shooters

Success With Health: How Trevor Bauer Increased His Velocity

Improve Your Jump Shot with Core Strength

4 Drills That'll Help You Become an Elite Running Back

Why You Shouldn't Specialize in One Sport Too Soon

Wide Receivers: Learn to Catch Every Jump Ball, Every Time

These 3 Route-Running Drills Will Help You Get Open

Use These 3 Principles to Improve Your Basketball Defense

The 4 Fundamentals of Hitting a Baseball

Winter Soccer Workout to Improve Ball Handling

How to Create a Killer Crossover Without a Basketball

4 Tips to Become a Better Softball Pitcher

4 Soccer Drills to Shoot Better While on the Move

5 Things You Can Learn From Playing Pre-Season Basketball

Basketball Shooting Technique: How to Shoot a Floater

3 Steps to Better In-Game Baseball Hitting

How to Recover After Getting Hit by a Pitch

2 Drills to Help You Play Lockdown Basketball Defense

Shooting Drills That Will Make You a Knock-Down Shooter

How QB Ryan Tannehill Beats the Blitz

Why Basketball Players Must Improve Their Weak Hand

3 Things You Are Doing Wrong In Your Basketball Training

QB Skills and Drills: How to Master the Bubble Screen

Build a Better Layup With These Basketball Speed Drills

Develop an Unstoppable Crossover Dribble With Just 3 Drills

This 13-Year-Old Girl Would Strike You Out

10 Essential Point Guard Drills From Skylar Diggins

3 Offensive Line Drills That'll Help You Keep Your QB Clean

Preparation Nation: DeMatha Stags

Drive Defenders Crazy With These Super Moves from NBA Legends

WATCH: 5 Post Moves From Nerlens Noel

Become a Better Point Guard With This Training Program

How Ryan Mathews Returned to Highlight Reel Status

Softball Pitchers: How to Play Your Best Over a Complete Season