This basketball finishing drill is going to work on different scoring moves from the elbow area. It is not only going to work on learning how to finish at the rim, but it is also going to help develop the post players footwork and agility. In order to be able to finish at the basket, the player must have good footwork and be able to set their man up. Once the footwork is established the post player will be able to start adding the different finishing moves to their game.
All of these moves are going to be out of the basketball triple threat position and the moves are not going to be very complicated, but the moves are going to translate over to the big men to use in a game situation. After you have done this basketball drill going 1 on 0 you can start having your big men play 1 on 1 with a 2 dribble maximum and allow the player to work on the different moves that they have already been practicing. Developing the basketball fundamentals as a post player and learning the correct footwork for different moves is essential.
Drill Name: Elbow Pivot Series Basketball Finishing Drill
Drill Goal: Work on footwork and finishing out of the triple threat from the elbow.
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a partner.
Tips: Make sure that the player pops open to get a catch each time and that they square up to the basket in a strong triple threat stance. The player also needs to make sure that they sell their moves and don't waste any movement. Be athletic on the finishes. You can do this drill with multiple players in the finishing line if you have more than one player.
Directions: The player is going to start down on the block and the passer is going to be at the top of the key on the other lane line. The post player is going to walk his imaginary defender in and then pop to the elbow for a catch. As they catch the ball they are going to pivot around to the basket into triple threat position (you can decide if it is a reverse pivot or front pivot). This is how they are going to start each move, but they are going to do 4 different moves and in this order; sweep to the basket, sweep one dribble pull up, sweep to a jump stop up and under finish, and lastly a jab and go opposite finish. After you do all of these finishes for the desired amount of times switch sides.