Often in transition, the first big man down the floor is taught to run to the center of the rim; this is called rim running. If you have a big man that can get down the floor before the defense does and get an easy basket right at the rim, you add a lot of value to your transition offense. However, it is difficult sometimes for a post player to be running full speed down the floor and still catch, gather, and finish while staying under control. This basketball drill is designed to help the big man work on this exact game situation.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Transition Rim Run Basketball Finishing Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 Basketball, chair, and a partner.
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Goals of the Drill
- Work on rim running and finishing in transition at the basket.
- The player needs to run right down in line with the center of the rim.
- Make sure that the player is not traveling and, if possible, keep the ball high the whole time.
- The player needs to be sprinting to simulate game speed and also work on conditioning.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- Set up a chair/cone about 5 feet from half-court right in line with the center of the rim.
- The passer will be off to the side of the chair with the basketball, and the player will start at the chair.
- When the drill starts, the player will run right down the center of the lane to the front of the rim.
- The passer will make any type of pass that they want to the player in the lane, and the player must catch and finish at the rim.
- After they finish, they will get the ball out of the net, outlet it to the passer, and then run around the chair and repeat the rim run finish again.
- You can do this basketball finishing drill for a certain number of repetitions or for time.