Being able to set up scoring opportunities without having the basketball in your hands means that you can score off of cuts, screens, etc. These are usually easier baskets to get because they are within the team offense and because you will use another teammate to help you get open. For this basketball finishing drill, you will simulate coming up for a handoff from your big man, not getting the ball initially, and then getting it on the curl.
Defenders are usually only able to guard so many actions in a row. So they may be able to guard the initial handoff action, but on the curl, they will relax, which will open up a layup or dunk opportunity. Basketball drills like this one are great because they work on a situation that you will come across during the course of a game.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Game Situation Hand Off Basket Curl Finish Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a partner or another player.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on curling the handoff man and then getting the pass over the top for a finish at the basket.
- Get your head turned around after you come off the curl so you can see the ball coming.
- Be under control when you catch the basketball.
- Mix up your finishes.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Players will start on the wing, and the coach or post passer will stand just above the elbow.
- The player will pass the ball to the coach, and when the coach takes a dribble, they will come up like they are going to get a handoff.
- They won’t get the ball on the initial handoff but will curl around the coach to the basket instead and receive a pass from the coach for a layup or dunk.
- Have the player retrieve their own shot and then get back in line.