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Something we've been seeing a lot on Twitter lately is the ridicule of trainers because they are having their clients doing 19 dribble moves with 19 cones, and so on. The issue, in my opinion, is that there is a disconnect between what we think of when we think "fundamentals" and what fundamental play looks like. When we think "fundamentals" we think too much about dribbling, dribble moves, and And-1 Mix-Taping someone.
I think we could all agree that fundamental basketball looks like the classic video below. Now obviously what happens in this video, and what we consider "fundamental", isn't anywhere near what you see in a lot of the videos that trainers post with their clients. Frankly it's not what a lot of coaches everywhere do with their teams for skill development. It's not what I did for skill development for the better part of the last decade.
What we need to do as trainers and coaches is define what fundamental offensive skills look like. When you see "skill work" with coaches and trainers there is too much of am emphasis on dribbling and dribble moves. Those need to be cut out and replaced with things that actually happen in games.
Below are some things that I think are fundamental offensive skills. Now I'm not going to go into HOW to teach or what to teach, but rather address some areas that I think need to be covered by players as they develop their skills.
Plays Off the Catch
- Catch and shoot jump shots
- Catch, attack in a straight line, variety of finishes.
- Reach (defender chasing you)
- Power (off 2)
- Close Off and Finish Off 2
- Pull Up-Bank (5' and in)
- Floater (6' and in)
- Catch drive, make a direction change and attack the rim
- ONE CHANGE OF DIRECTION
- Catch, one dribble (beat defender), pull up.
- Right and left handed push passes
- Pass to a cutter - moving player
- Pass on the perimeter to a filling teammate
- Pass away from the defense
- Pass off the dribble (one hand)
- Pass off the stride stop
- Bounce pass to a cutter
- Post entry passes
- Up top (Defender behind)
- Bounce low to a side
- Lob vs. front
- Catching on the move
- Catching stationary
- Stopping going right and left
- Pivoting when you've catch the ball
- How to score with your back to the basket.
- Move and counter.
- How to pass out