Defensive Slide to Offensive Transition Basketball Drill

Defensive Slide to Offensive Transition Basketball Drill


This is a great basketball drill to simulate going from defense to getting a turnover and then getting into transition. Being able to quickly react to lose 50/50 basketballs can be the difference between winning and losing a close game. This is a good basketball drill because it allows you to mix in defense and conditioning with the shooting. The average player doesn’t enjoy doing defensive basketball drills, so anytime you can mix in some offense or something to make the drill more exciting, it is a good thing.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Defensive Slide to Offensive Transition Basketball Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, 3 cones, and a partner.


Goals of the Drill

  • Work on going from a defensive slide to offensive transition quickly.


Coaching Points

  • Slide as quickly as you can from cone to cone in a proper defensive stance.
  • Burst out of your stance without any wasted movement and gather the basketball as quickly as you can.
  • Visualize the defender and make a quick move to finish at the basket or shoot a pull up.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Place 3 cones on the half-court line about 6-8 feet apart from each other, line the middle cone up with the center of the basket.
  • The coach is going to stand with a basketball at the top of the 3 point line.
  • The player will pick a side of cones and begin to slide back and forth, touching each cone.
  • When the coach rolls the basketball out, the player must immediately sprint to the basketball, gather it, and make a quick move to either finish at the basket or shoot a pull up jumper. The player will then get back in line.
  • If you are doing this combination basketball shooting drill with multiple players, the players will alternate sides from the person in front of them, and if the player in front drives to the basket, then the next player will shoot a jump shot and vice versa.


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