How to get better at basketball

How to get better at basketball


On today’s episode we’re going to show you how you can improve as a basketball player and all you need is this Welcome to X-ray Basketball the show that takes a deeper look into basketball I’m Coach Logan And what we really want to do with this channel is we want to provide an opportunity for coaches and players To improve their knowledge and their craft of the game of basketball through film. Before we step into the game film If at any point you find this information helpful Make sure you hit that like button subscribe to the channel and hit the notification bell next to it So you’ll be notified when our future videos come out and if you think any Coaches or players that you may know of would enjoy this information make sure you share it with them We all watch countless hours of basketball on the TV computer and even our phones and really what happens is we fall in love with highlights in the fantastic plays and sometimes Those things are just superficial and they don’t actually help us as players But we can learn a whole lot more by digging deeper into the film and seeing what’s actually happening on the court So today we’re gonna watch film on Klay Thompson the great three-point specialist for the Golden State Warriors And we’re gonna show you how he does more than just knock down threes for the Warriors He’s a fantastic defender fantastic passer, and he really has great footwork and spatial awareness To go along with the film breakdown of Klay Thompson We’re also going to compare and contrast his game to a high school varsity player and what we want to accomplish here is we want to show you that there’s so many things that NBA and professional players do that do Translate to lower levels of basketball now that the stage is set and the players are warmed up let’s go watch some film and step into the X-ray As we step into the game film. We really only want to focus on Klay Thompson It’s easy to get distracted by looking at other players or other teams, but our focus really needs to be on Klay Thompson So we can see exactly what he does After coming off of multiple screens and now setting his own screen, he finds space and knocks down the open three Moving without the basketball is such an important piece to the game and you see here that Klay Thompson comes off of the screen curls bursts of speed and finishes around the basket If a cutting player does not receive the ball sometimes that player feels like the cut wasn’t worth it But if you see here Klay Thompson actually creates gravity by pulling two defenders towards him They lose help side protection and leave the basket wide open for his teammate Steph Curry On this possession Klay Thompson wants to maintain good court spacing and allow his teammates to work But he notices that his defender turns his head and loses sight of him So Klay cuts to the ball side corner and receives a wide open shot But as we slow this down, let’s listen to Klay Thompson as he talks about what was going through his mind Fight over the screen. I just plant my left foot, you know, give me a lot of power to step back All I need is a couple seconds to get my shot off a great pass and we made a great screen plant that foot Got a perfect shot Because you know every time I come off a screen all I got to think is to turn my shoulders Getting square to the basket to get my feet square as well one of my key staples to my game is being able to catch and shoot and I’m so thankful for that because if your shooter you can play for a long time Klay Thompson really is a special shooter But all good basketball players know that they have to be able to create a shot for themselves at times So here we see a couple possessions where Klay Thompson is forced to do so Good defenses will force shooters to put the ball on the ground and it’s up to them to make a play But Klay Thompson isn’t just an offensive player listen to him talk about defense It’s fun to score the ball It’s great to see shots go in But when you take pride on that defensive end, you make your offensive player work for every bucket when you get stops That’s just as good a feeling so for me I Love competing on that defensive side of the ball. It’s really special to hear an offensive player of his caliber say he loves to play defense and here you’ll see that he does a great job of using his hands and Hustling to get the steal And how many times have we seen great shooters misse the shot hang their head low and walk back on defense Klay Thompson does a great job of getting back into position using his hands and getting a steal I usually lock into someone’s like chest and mid-section lock onto their head or their feet or their hands Some of the best ball handlers are so shifty You can’t do that, they’d lose you in a second As a defender you just wanted to try and make it tough on your guys most possible. Don’t let them get comfortable Son’t let them get into rhythm whether he’s a great shooter or a great ball handler Just trying to do what makes them uncomfortable that simple and even though he makes it sound so simple all of this is based off of hard work and hustle To be a great offensive player and a great defensive player. You have to have a mental edge over the opponent Toughness confidence and composure and not worrying about the previous possession and only focused on the next possession Now that we’ve seen what Klay Thompson’s got in his bag. Let’s check out some film of a high school varsity player Our focus is gonna be on the team in the black jerseys And the shooter in the corner is the one we want to keep an eye on This team is running a Flex offense with a cross screen and down screen which frees up the open shooter These cross screen, down screen, off ball movements are very common in high school, College and NBA and you can see here that on this down screen action both Klay Thompson and our high school player get open for three One of the hardest things to defend in basketball is transition offense and if the players are running hard into open spots They should be able to get good looks Transition offense is a staple for every level of basketball Because it’s the most difficult thing to defend players should be looking to run the floor hard Run their lanes and try to find open gaps where the defense is not present and when their opportunity comes knock down their shot Half-court floor spacing is just as important. You want to keep moving with the ball to get an open shot And in transition if your lane is not open it’s important to keep moving and try to find an open window Earlier we mentioned Klay Thompson’s cutting creating gravity But shooters can create gravity pulling their defender away from help side position allowing this player to drive to the basket and so much of basketball is about being able to handle the unorganized unscripted chaotic plays and not letting anything distract you from your goal Klay Thompson is a great example of confidence hustle and toughness We really hope that this video has provided you with some insight as to what exactly NBA and professional basketball players do that can translate to lower levels of basketball so many of the small details of basketball from footwork to Spacing even to hustle can really translate to other levels of the game If at any point you learned something new in this video let us know what it was in the comments down below and If you have any questions or even some ideas for future videos for this channel please let us know in the comments down below what you’d like to see us make. If you’re looking for more resources for coaches and Players check out the links in our description down below and if you enjoyed today’s video Please be sure to hit that like button and if you want to see more from X-ray Basketball hit the subscribe button and the notification bell and you’ll be notified next time our video comes out and if you want even more X-ray basketball check out our social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram and Thank you for taking a deeper look into basketball with X-ray Basketball. We’ll see you next week

3 thoughts on “How to get better at basketball

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *