One of the best ways to develop individual skill is to play 1v1 against players that are going to challenge you. That being said, rolling the ball out and playing mindless 1v1 is not the best option to achieve one's desired outcome. What I will advocate for in this article is to play multiple variations of 1v1 games in order to grow one's skill and challenge oneself in a unique way. For a PDF of all the games and drills shown in this article (as well as a bonus drill), please click here.
x1 is facing the hoop with their heels on the 3pt line. As soon as 1 puts the ball on the floor, it turns into live 1v1.
This drills works on the offense getting and maintaining a 1 second advantage over the defensive player.
The second level now is to add a coach to the drill to be a guided help defender. This is a great time to teach the drive to land on 2 feet so they are balanced, strong, and controlled as they meet the help.
Be sure to emphasize straight line drives and players will try to loop drive to avoid the help.
The next progression is to 2v2. It is now that you are teaching the driver to do 2 things:
1. Read the help defender (x2)
2. Keep the 1 second advantage by scoring if the stays, giving the advantage to 2 if x2 steps to help on drive.
The last progression is to take it to 3v3. The same reads apply for the driver on the attack, but now you are also training 2 to keep or increase the advantage.
If x2 stops ball and 1 passes to 2, 2 then has to keep the advantage. 2 can accomplish this by:
1. If he is open, on balance, and in range - shoot the ball
2. If x3 stays home and x2 recovers hard, 2 can drive the ball
3. If x3 drops to help, 2 keeps the advantage by hitting 3 with a "click pass" (a pass that is in and out of the passers hand within a half second or less). 3 then shoot if open, drives a hard closeout, and makes a pass.
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