Basketball point guards are the ultimate multi-taskers. They run the offense, keep the opposing team’s defense guessing, and dictate when and by whom shots are taken (including their own).
That’s a lot to ask. If you’re a point guard aspiring to greatness, here are two shooting drills to hone the skills you need to keep things moving and stay a step or two ahead of your opponents.
The Westbrook Dagger
Performed at game speed, this drill requires you to stop on a dime to take a pull-up jump shot.
- Place cones at the elbows of the free-throw line.
- Start at the opposite free-throw line.
- Dribble full speed—three dribbles to the elbow—and pull up for a jump shot.
- Repeat until you’ve made 20 shots from each elbow.
Switch between dribbling right into the pull-up and performing a one-dribble pull-up. (Trust me, they are different and have different uses.)
The Chris Paul Tear Drop
Read the defense and react quickly to get into the lane for a quick tear drop floater. This is meant to be a quick, explosive move, not slow and methodical.
- Begin at halfcourt with the ball.
- Attack the wing, cross over to the middle-right and shoot the tear drop.
- Do 10 attempts.
- Work on different angles for the floater and alternate the different moves.