Nuggets Basketball Shooting Drill

Nuggets Basketball Shooting Drill


It is not just enough to make shots at half speed and a standstill when you do basketball drills. During the course of a game, shooters will get multiple different looks as they come into their shot. Whether it is running the floor in transition, drifting to the baseline on a penetration, etc. There are going to be different types of shots that a player must be comfortable taking and making. Another big key for shooters is conditioning. Once a shooter gets tired, their legs go, their shot starts to fall short, and their overall mechanics begin to suffer.

This catch and shoot basketball shooting drill will work on having the shooter come into different types of shots and work on conditioning and mental toughness at the same time. Basketball shooting drills like this are great to do at the end of a workout or practice. It will allow the player to see what kind of shooter they are as they get tired and what level of mental toughness they have.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: Nuggets Basketball Shooting Drill

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, cones (optional), and 1 rebounder.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Practice coming into different types of shots, conditioning, and mental toughness.


Coaching Points

  • The perfect score for the drill would be 15 total shots, but a good score to aim for is 30 total shots.
  • Don’t allow one miss to lead into another.
  • Great shooters in basketball have a short memory and move on to the next shot.
  • Value every shot and practice great mechanics even as you get tired, don’t leave your shot early.
  • You can make the drill more difficult by making the player run if they miss the game-winner (3rd consecutive make).


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • The player must make 3 shots in a row from 5 different spots on the floor.
  • Every time the player misses two shots in a row, though, they must run to half court and back (you can make it full court and back to add difficulty and make it more of a basketball conditioning drill).
  • Shooting spots;
    • The first spot is going to be a baseline drift to the corner on the right side.
    • The second spot is going to be a transition 3 on the wing.
    • The third will be a catch and shoot 3 pointer at the top of the key.
    • The fourth spot will be a transition 3 from the left-wing,
    • The last spot is a baseline drift on the left-wing.
  • The player must make 3 shots in a row to move on to the next spot.


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