Mastering the triple threat is critical to every basketball player’s success. It is often overlooked, but, still remains one of the most important components for a basketball player. Making an offensive move is like a math equation…. Head fake + one rip thru dribble + pro hop + floater = 2 points. Let’s start and deal with just the beginning of this equation for this article. Without it, the rest of the equation cannot happen. The triple threat allows you to have the ability to shoot, drive, or pass, in that exact order. Remember to put the ball in the holster. What that means is to have it literally touching your hip, in the same location cowboys used to have their gun holster. “In the holster” is another way of saying keep the ball tight while telling you exactly where to initially put it. First of all, the biggest difference between a player in the League and an amateur athlete, is that the NBA player is so good, and makes the game so simple, that he makes it look easy. Think of dribbles as unnecessary to achieve your goal offensively, which is to score. Scouts look for these concepts in players! All these “And 1” moves, with lots of dribbles, just to make one move looks ridiculous. For one, the pro shot clock is shorter and the player often does not have time to waste and must simply execute. Secondly, being a pro means being consistent and simply producing...lots of dribbling can counteract this process. Not to mention, the defense is so good they will rip it from you so fast that you won’t even know that you lost the ball.
I am not saying that dribbling is not important, sometimes more dribbles are needed. It can be helpful and it has its place, but as a guard on the wing in the triple threat putting the ball on the ground without a purpose is a waste. That is why in a lot of combines and training camps they will have one on one drills with a 3 dribble, or even 2 dribble max starting with the ball a couple feet behind the pro three point line.
Basketball Video Transcription: All right, being a right-handed player, triple threat, the ball's going to be over here on the left side. Your left foot will be the pivot foot. Your right foot will be your free foot. So you'll be able to move this foot all around and jab, do everything you've got to do with this one.
Basically, this defender, depending on how he's playing me, if the way he's playing me now, I can do different moves from here. So I can do a swing from over the top, which is right here and go. Or if he's up a little closer on me, I can go under, which means I go here. If he's up on me and I don't feel comfortable going right, then all I'm going to do is keep jabbing just to get a little bit of space. As soon as I get this right foot past him, I'm going right past him. That means he's on my hip.
If he's giving me a little bit of space, let's say on the AU level, the college or pro level, this is an open jump shot. So I give him a slight jab. You've got to be able to take this shot. That's considered open on higher levels.
So if we were to go live and the way he's playing me now, I'd probably give him a couple jabs. I just want to get him on my hip. Once you've got the defender on your hip, you pretty much decide what you want to do, as far as passing or trying to score the ball. If he's on me like this right now, I'm going to give him two jabs just to get a little bit of space. As soon as I get this right leg past that foot, he's on my hip. He's going to have to ride me the whole way to the basket.
Right here, I'm just going to work some moves. Jab, just to try to feel it out. Just to see what he's going to do. Really, if you're going to do all that jabbing and different things like that, you want to do it for maybe two or three seconds. Other than that you've got to pass it and look to do something else, because once you've got the ball, you should already know what you pretty much want to do with the defender, depending on how he's playing you, within the first two or three seconds.
So basically, I'm catching the ball from here, hitting him with a couple of jabs, trying to figure out what I want to do, on my hip. I decide what I want to do.
Basically, I know when I've got the defender beat. Let's say I'm putting this leg out, and he's right here on my hip. So if he's right here and we're side by side, you've pretty much got him beat. You should be able to at least get a lay-up, to stop and pop, stop and pull a jump shot, either drop it off, because if he's on your hip, that means another defender will have to step up to help you. And on a college level, if a guy is riding your hip pretty good, the other defender is good at taking charges, which means if he's on my hip, I've got to be able to stop and pop or be able hit that pass to the big man right there.
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