This basketball finishing drill will allow the player(s) to practice a game-specific move that they will encounter multiple times throughout the course of a game. The drill will work on exploiting a drive and kick where a defensive player helps and then takes a poor closeout angle to get back to the ball.
Working on the slide during the drive also teaches the player to create space and put their defender in a tougher situation on the drive and kick. This is a great basketball drill to use with your guards in practice or a small group training session.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Slide Away Basketball Finishing Drill
Equipment Needed: 1-2 basketballs and 1 passer.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on ripping through and attacking the basket off of a drive and kick action.
- Don’t slide out too far to the wing because it limits spacing if there is another player in the corner wing area.
- Rip on a straight line to the basket (don’t round your rip through) and really throw your foot out there.
- Really lock in on the different details of each finish and do it the correct way.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The line of players will start in the right slot (lane line extended) at the 3 point line, and the passer will be in the left slot with the ball.
- When the drill starts, the passer will put the ball down and drive to the right and towards the basket.
- At the same time, the player will start to slide laterally to create space.
- The passer will simulate that a help defender stepped up to cut them off, and they will kick the ball out to the player.
- As the player is catching the ball, they will rip through to the right and attack the basket.
- You can work on whatever type of finish you would like; strong finish, runner, floater, Euro step, reverse, etc.
- Once the player finishes, they will pass the ball back and then get in line again.
- After the desired amount of reps, switch over to the left slot, and repeat.