This basketball drill is called the Steve Nash passing drill because, as a player, Steve Nash really mastered being able to fire a quick and accurate pass off of the dribble. This type of pass is important for point guards in basketball to learn because as they are handling the ball, an open teammate may come free, and they may not have time to grab the ball with two hands before making the pass. If they have the one-hand push pass in their game, they can hit the open teammate. However, if the one hand wrap-around pass is not mastered, it can be easy for the defense to steal. It cannot be a lazy bounce pass, either; it needs to be accurate and made with some snap.
This basketball passing drill will specifically work on the wraparound push pass, which can be used to get the ball around a defender in the passing lane. With it being a partner drill, it will allow for each player to get a lot of repetitions at this type of pass and to be able to learn to master it. It is a great drill to use for basketball training, practices, or basketball camps because it doesn’t require much space and keeps every player involved.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Steve Nash Wrap Around Partner Passing Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 partner and 2 basketballs.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on passing off the dribble and the wrap-around push pass.
- Snap your passes and step into the pass.
- Practice the pass at game speed and focus on accuracy for each pass.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Have two players stand 7-8 feet apart from each other with a basketball in their right hands.
- At the same time, they will take a dribble with their right hand, step out/forward with their right foot, and execute a wraparound pass to the other player.
- The players will gather the pass from their partner and then immediately repeat the motion.
- Continue for 20-30 seconds and then switch to the left hand and repeat.