Increasing Efficiency in Basketball

Increasing Efficiency in Basketball

This basketball coaching article was written by Liberty University assistant men’s basketball coach Kyle Getter.


Basketball coaches are constantly looking for ways for their teams to improve. Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the use of analytics as many coaches are now using statistics to track their teams’ performance. I am guilty of being one of those coaches.

I am not a numbers guy by any stretch of the imagination, but I definitely appreciate how they can be utilized to increase efficiency in basketball.


Basketball on Paper

In Dean Oliver’s book, Basketball on Paper: Rules and Tools for Performance Analysis, he describes the “Four Factors of Basketball Success.” The “Four Factors” he describes are the following:

  • Effective FG %
  • Turnover %
  • Offensive Reb. %
  • FTA/FGA (Free throw rate)

Dean Oliver continues in his book to explain how all of these “Four Factors” are not equivalent in value. I agree with him, and one thing that stands out to me as I look at them is turnover %.


Taking Care of the Ball

This is a very simple way of thinking, but if you turn the ball over…you are not giving yourself a chance to effectively perform in the other 3 categories. Therefore, I will share 3 basketball drills that can decrease turnovers and increase sureness and confidence with the ball while being pressured.

Handling Pressure Drills (PDF)


Use these drills to help your team get comfortable with pressure and teach them how to exploit it, and for an even more in-depth look at handling pressure, check out our article: 10 Keys for Beating Pressure.


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