Elbow Pivot Series Basketball Finishing Drill

Elbow Pivot Series Basketball Finishing Drill


This basketball post-move drill will work on different scoring moves from the elbow area. It will not only work on learning how to finish at the rim, but it is also going to help develop the post player’s 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 start adding the different finishing moves to their game.

All of these moves will 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 them to work on the different moves they have already been practicing. Developing basketball fundamentals as a post player, and learning the correct footwork for different moves is essential.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Elbow Pivot Series Basketball Finishing Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a partner.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Work on footwork and finishing out of the triple threat from the elbow.


Coaching Points

  • 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.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • The player will start down on the block, and the passer will be at the top of the key on the other lane line.
  • The post player will walk his imaginary defender in and then pop to the elbow for a catch.
  • As they catch the ball, they will pivot around to the basket into the 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.


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