Baseline drive, baseline drift is another way that we teach our players to move without the ball.
First, let’s talk about the ball handler. In this video the ball handler is going off of a shot fake and drive to score with their shoulder closed. We want our drills to be realistic and easily translated into the game. The ball handler must attack under the block, or through the block to avoid any help defenders. The ball handler will be making the pass off the dribble so they must run through their pass. Once the ball handler gets to the baseline someone must get into their vision to give them a target.
Now let’s talk about the shooter. The shooter is always shot ready. The shooter must leave late and get to the corner early to get into the ball handler’s vision. This means that the shooter must wait until his defender turns his head to locate the ball handler. Once this happens, the shooter will then re-locate to the deep corner to create a sightline and passing angle for the ball handler. On pass the shooter will step in with the correct footwork and shoot. Note that there are variations of this drill where the shooter can penetrate and score at the rim or off of a pullup.
Strong-Side Drive, Strong-Side Slide
This is one of the ways that we teach moving without the ball.First, moving without the ball means focusing on the ball handler.
The ball handler must drive to score. That means when he attacks his defender he has to drive body-to-body on a straight line attack. By doing this, the ball handler can draw help defenders. Note that if the ball handler drives to pass the defender does not need to help. Next, the ball handler cannot over-penetrate. We tell our players to mark the court and drive inside the lane to the second hash mark. This will most likely take one or two dribbles. Once the ball handler gets to this position he must stop and make a 2-to-1 hand pass to the man in the corner.
Now, let’s look at the man off of the ball.
When the ball handler penetrates, the man off of the ball must sprint outside of the three point line staying as far behind the line as possible while remaining inbounds. We tell our players to “sprint three, slide two” which means they must sprint for 3 steps and then “shape-up” to the ball handler while sliding the rest of the distance to the corner. The player must shape-up so they can become a target for the pass from the ball handler. Once the ball is in flight, the player in the corner must step to the ball with one-two footwork and shoot. The footwork into the shot may change depending on if the player is moving or is stagnant at the time of the pass.
Moving without the Ball Effectively
To make the “Strong-side Drive, Strong-side Slide” work, M14 Hoops offers many other drills to strengthen your team.
Here are individual drills to get the ball handler to the right place to hand off the ball.
Here is a sneak preview from the PG Elite 2011 camp. Matt Miller talk to the campers about the importance of being able to handle the ball with contact. So often players associate “beating” a defender with meaning the defender is completely out the picture. As players get older, that happens less and less often. And if you do not totally get that defender out the picture, most young players get to contact, then pick the ball up or allow that contact to determine their path to the basket. Any great players goal (if they cannot get the defender totally out the picture) is to get that defender on their hip and get their shoulder in the middle of the defenders chest. At that point you have the advantage and now you have to read and react basketball (If the defender cuts you off, counter or create space to get a shot off).
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