If a player is handling the basketball and a cutter pops free, they may not have enough time to pick the basketball up with both hands and then make the pass. This is where the off of the dribble push pass comes into play. It allows the ball handler to quickly be able to make a pass off the dribble to the open player before the defense recovers.
The Steve Nash two ball push pass drill is equal parts a basketball dribbling drill and a basketball passing drill. It will allow the player to develop their ball-handling and the player’s ability to snap an accurate push pass off. The primary age group for this basketball drill is middle school and high school players.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Steve Nash Two Ball Push Pass Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: Two basketballs and a wall.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on ball handling and passing off of the dribble.
- Stay low in an athletic stance the entire time.
- Dribble the basketball as hard as you can to work on ball handling.
- Snap your passes and try to be as accurate as you can each time.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Place a small box or mark on a wall about waist high.
- The player will face a wall (6-8 feet away) with a basketball in each hand.
- They will start to dribble both basketballs at the same time (you can decide on whether it is simultaneous or alternating).
- With either hand, the player will make a push pass and try to hit the box on the wall while still keeping the dribble going with the other hand.
- The player will gather the ball with the same hand that they passed it with and continue dribbling.
- They will alternate back and forth between passing hands.
- The basketball drill can go for a certain amount of time or passing repetitions.