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5 Ways Basketball Players Can Develop Their Game at Home

   5 Ways Basketball Players Can Develop Their Game at Home

May 14, 2020

Getting in the gym with your team or with a basketball trainer is great, there is nothing wrong with it. Outside of the gym, though, and on your own, there are also several excellent ways to develop your game. It is during this time that you will be able to set yourself apart from everyone else as well. The work that you are able to do on your own will continue to add up, and before you know it, you will have drastically raised your game.

This article is going to highlight five ways that basketball players can develop their game at home (without even having a hoop). These are ways that can be used regularly and rotated through to help take your game to the next level.

Ball Handling Basketball Drills

You don't need a basketball hoop to work on your game. With a basketball and a flat hard surface, you can work on many different basketball dribbling drills. You can work on traditional one ball dribbling drills, two ball dribbling drills, and tennis ball dribbling drills. All of which will allow you to work on specific moves and your overall handles. Here are a few of our favorites that you can try out.

Tennis Ball Toss Pound Dribbling Drill

Notes: This is an excellent drill for working on both hand-eye coordination and also overall ball-handling skills. It will also force you to keep your eyes up off of the basketball.

Two-Ball Crossover Hold Dribbling Drill

Notes: If you want to work on developing a quick crossover and quick hands, this is the drill for you. It is a two-ball dribbling drill that will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.

Windshield Wipers Between the Legs Crossover Dribbling Drill

Notes: A big part of ball handling is being able to have excellent ball control. The windshield wiper action in this drill will allow for working on that, and then the between the legs crossover action will allow you to work on a game-specific move.

Two-Ball Windmill Dribbling Drill

Notes: This is a little bit more of an advanced dribbling drill, but it is great for working on ball control with either hand. It will force the player to be able to control the ball and put it where they want it to go.

Watch Other Players and Be a Student of the Game

When it comes to skill development, it isn't always physical. A great way to develop your basketball skills at home is to watch other players. Study their game and learn how to execute their different moves. It could be watching how LeBron protects the ball when he drives, how Steph Curry shoots, and so on. The more you can watch and study other players, the more you will be able to learn the game of basketball.

The second area of being a student is how you watch the game as a whole. Rather than just being a fan of the game, learn to observe and study what is happening. Understand the types of shots that are available, how the defense communicates and rotates, what a great screen looks like. There are so many smaller pieces that fit together into the game of basketball, and the better you can get at each of them, the better your overall game will be.

Work on Agility and Explosiveness

A big part of basketball is quickness, speed, footwork, and explosiveness. If you can execute a move, and you are able to be explosive while you do, you become that much harder to guard. So without even having a basketball, you can work on your vertical, first-step quickness, speed, and more. Here are a few drills that you could in your yard or driveway.

Frog Jumps

Notes: This jumping drill is going to help with being explosive off of both feet. It is an excellent two-foot jumping drill that you can do on your own.

Jump Rope

Notes: This is not one specific drill, but it is multiple drills that you can do to work on quick feet, conditioning, footwork, and more. Jumping rope is something that professional athletes have been using for years to develop their athleticism.

Cone Hops

Notes: Being able to jump quickly, and jump quickly multiple times in a row is an essential skill in basketball. This jumping drill is going to allow you to work on this.

Develop Your Strength

Another critical part of the game of basketball is strength. This doesn't mean you have to bench a set amount or have bulging biceps, but it does mean that you are strong enough to handle contact, box out, play defense, etc. And, while you may not have access to weights and a workout gym at home, you still can do bodyweight exercises, and maybe take advantage of a few pieces of home exercise equipment as well.

With the right know-how, you can get in a high-level home workout that is going to help you become a better basketball player. Check out these exercises, and start adding them to your home workout routine.

Push-Up Variations

Notes: Push-ups are an excellent way to increase your upper body strength. Most people only know the standard push-up position, but there are plenty of other ones that isolate specific muscles. This video will show you some of these different push-up variations.

Side Lunges

Notes: Lunges are an excellent way to strengthen your legs. You can use the standard forward lunge, sideways lunge, or reverse lunge as well. 

Bodyweight Squats

Notes: You don't have to have weights to do squats. With bodyweight squats, you can work on being explosive, holding an athletic position, and also isolating your muscles.

Read and Learn From the Experts

With all of the free basketball resources online, there is no reason why you shouldn't be taking advantage of them. You don't have to be a coach to read and learn about the game. The more you can learn on your own, the easier it will be for you to understand and read specific game situations.

You will also learn how to develop your individual game better. There are a lot of articles out there geared specifically for players. Some of them cover topics of skill development, while others talk about character, mental toughness, and more. All of these areas are going to be key in your development as a player.

5 Ways Basketball Players Can Develop Their Game at Home Conclusion

There are going to be times when you are not able to get to a basketball court to work on your game, and that is okay. What is not okay is using this as an excuse as to why you can't do skill development at all. If you are regularly able to take advantage of developing your game at home, you are going to be able to improve steadily. You will be able to improve day after day, which is all you can ask for as a player.

It comes down to making a choice, though. You have to be willing to put this time aside and make a gameplan to get better every day.

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