1. Shoot, Shoot, and Then Shoot Some More
“The weakest part of Michael’s (Jordan’s) game on the offensive end was his shooting and so he obviously mastered something everyone said he couldn’t do…and he did by shooting and shooting and shooting and shooting consistently. This guy said what are my weaknesses and how do I make them my strengths and he did it.”
-Phil Jackson, on Michael Jordan’s shooting success.
If I could only give you only one piece of advice this would be it:
Become a good shooter!
In my opinion, becoming a good shooter is the most important thing you could ever do in order to become a successful basketball player.
Every NBA super star, every great college player, every playground legend…can pretty much attribute their success to one thing…their ability to shoot.
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Allen Iverson, Larry Bird, Lebron James, Carmello Anthony, Reggie Miller, J.J. Redick, Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and virtually all the other great players, are all exceptional shooters. Sure they have great athletic ability, but so do a lot of other guys. However their ability to put the ball in the basket is what separates them from others basketball legends .
Being able to shoot a basketball is almost a license to be super successful and have lots of fun playing the game of basketball.
If you want to become a better basketball player, practice your shooting. Learn how to shoot the ball correctly. Learn how to catch and release the ball with proper motion. Learn how to follow through. Learn by watching the pro’s and learning from coaches. I guarantee it will be the most important basketball skill you ever learn!
2. Be In Great Physical Condition
When, I work with athlete’s through my Maximum Results Fitness programs, I am always shocked at how out of shape most athletes are. I see so many athlete’s that lack the basic strength and conditioning they need in order to perform at a high level.
Basketball is all about conditioning. The better physical condition you are in, the easier it is to perform and learn the basic fundamental skills that will make you a successful player.
Many players come to me asking me for tips on how they can become a better shooter or a better ball handler, but are shocked when I tell them, that their biggest problem really lays in their lack of conditioning.
I am a firm believer that you’re only going to be as good as your body will take you. I often see players with tremendous talent struggle, simply because they can’t run up and down the floor without losing their breath. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, if you’re not in the right shape, you’re going to struggle.
With many of my programs, I teach what I call the Forth Quarter Principle. That is you want to be as good at something in the forth quarter as you do from the very first play of the game. The only difference between the first play of the game and the last is the physical excursion that takes place in between.
If you want to become a great player and if you want to maximize your skill potential focuses on your conditioning. Good conditioning is a fundamental of basketball success.
3. A Little Practice Goes Along Long Way
One of the biggest misconceptions about becoming a better player is that you have to spend mega hours practicing and training. I am here to tell you that this simply isn’t true.
Obviously, if you want to become better at something it helps if you practice a lot. But, many times people misplace quantity for quality. I know a lot of players are under the misconception that to get better they are going to have to practice long hours before they start to see the results they are looking for.
The truth is results will s come quickly if you prepare in the right way. It’s much more important to have a consistent, high quality practice schedule or workout routine than it is to try and learn everything in one day.